The
Vault

Aug. 1 –
Sep. 3,
2017

Artist unknown, Emerald Necklace, late 17th century. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, Gift of W. Dennis Barton.

This work was selected by Andrea Lloyd (class of 2017), who explains: “After finding this necklace in the collection, I immediately fell in love with it. Not only is this piece aesthetically beautiful, but it is full of history and it is also extremely personal to me. Being of Ecuadorian descent myself, I am drawn to this piece because it represents a major part of my culture. Jewelry is one the most common and most significant gifts given within Hispanic cultures. We receive jewelry for almost every momentous occasion, starting at birth to Holy Communion, Quinceañeras, graduations, anniversaries, and so on. By receiving and wearing these gifts, they serve as permanent reminders of these special moments in our lives. I feel that it is important to show this work because it is truly unique and different from works of art we usually show here at the MSU Broad. This necklace is not only a remarkable hand-crafted work, but it also serves as a historical artifact.”

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.