The​ ​Vault:
Ralf Christian
Henricksen

Sep. 5 –
Oct. 1,
2017

Ralf​ ​Christian​ ​Henricksen,​ ​​Kabuki, ​ ​1969.​ ​Eli and​ ​Edythe​ ​Broad​ ​Art​ ​Museum, Michigan​ ​State​ ​University,​ ​MSU​ ​purchase.

This​ ​work​ ​was​ ​selected​ ​by​ ​Haley​ ​Clayton​ ​(class​ ​of​ ​2017),​ ​who​ ​explains:​ ​“Henricksen​ ​was​ ​my great​ ​grandfather​ ​through​ ​marriage,​ ​so​ ​I​ ​have​ ​been​ ​exposed​ ​to​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​his​ ​work​ ​throughout​ ​my life.​ ​When​ ​I​ ​found​ ​out​ ​that​ ​I​ ​would​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​pick​ ​a​ ​piece​ ​from​ ​the​ ​collection​ ​to​ ​display,​ ​I​ ​knew right​ ​away​ ​that​ ​I​ ​wanted​ ​to​ ​honor​ ​him​ ​with​ ​my​ ​decision.

Henricksen​ ​used​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​bold​ ​colors​ ​in​ ​this​ ​particular​ ​work​ ​which​ ​is​ ​what​ ​caught​ ​my​ ​eye.​ ​I​ ​loved seeing​ ​the​ ​complimentary​ ​colors​ ​working​ ​together​ ​throughout.​ ​It​ ​is​ ​important​ ​to​ ​show​ ​this​ ​piece because​ ​it​ ​has​ ​multiple​ ​styles​ ​of​ ​painting​ ​within​ ​it.​ ​Also,​ ​the​ ​display​ ​of​ ​this​ ​work​ ​brings​ ​attention to​ ​a​ ​part​ ​of​ ​MSU​ ​history,​ ​highlighting​ ​the​ ​artwork​ ​of​ ​a​ ​past​ ​professor​ ​who​ ​helped​ ​many​ ​others with​ ​their​ ​own​ ​careers​ ​in​ ​art.”

The​ ​Vault

The​ ​Vault,​ ​which​ ​also​ ​houses​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​works​ ​from​ ​our​ ​permanent​ ​collection,​ ​is​ ​dedicated​ ​to featuring​ ​and​ ​displaying​ ​works​ ​chosen​ ​by​ ​MSU​ ​students​ ​who​ ​work​ ​at​ ​the​ ​museum.​ ​Each​ ​month, one​ ​of​ ​our​ ​student​ ​gallery​ ​guides​ ​selects​ ​a​ ​piece​ ​from​ ​our​ ​collection​ ​and​ ​writes​ ​a​ ​short​ ​text explaining​ ​why​ ​they​ ​chose​ ​it​ ​and​ ​believe​ ​it​ ​should​ ​be​ ​displayed.​ ​By​ ​providing​ ​our​ ​gallery​ ​guides with​ ​an​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​participate​ ​in​ ​the​ ​curatorial​ ​process​ ​of​ ​selection​ ​and​ ​display,​ ​we​ ​aim​ ​to open​ ​a​ ​dialogue​ ​with​ ​the​ ​student​ ​community​ ​while​ ​simultaneously​ ​sharing​ ​with​ ​the​ ​public​ ​works from​ ​the​ ​collection​ ​that​ ​would​ ​otherwise​ ​remain​ ​in​ ​storage.