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David Flaugher: Solo Exhibition at MSU Broad

A blue wading pool on a concrete floor

Work by Stamps Lec­turer David Flaugher is fea­tured in a solo exhi­bi­tion at Michi­gan State Uni­ver­si­ty’s the Eli & Edyth Broad Art Museum. The exhi­bi­tion, on view July 10, 2021 through Jan­u­ary 16, 2022, is curated by Geor­gia Erger.

David Flaugher’s art encour­ages con­tem­pla­tion of the cul­tural and emo­tive power of every­day things. Influ­enced by the homes and stu­dio spaces he has occu­pied, as well as his pre­vi­ous jobs at Detroit-based con­struc­tion com­pa­nies that clear out the per­sonal items and debris left behind in fore­closed homes, the artist con­sid­ers the shift­ing val­ues and asso­ci­a­tions held by cast-off materials.
For this pre­sen­ta­tion as part of the Artist Project Series, Flaugher has cre­ated new sculp­tures and paint­ings that com­bine objects and imagery of leisure and cel­e­bra­tion, such as dec­o­ra­tive lights and snow­men, with an aes­thet­ics of aban­don­ment. The sculp­tural works carry the accu­mu­lated traces of human activ­ity, and both draw atten­tion to and dis­rupt the intended func­tion of the found objects that com­prise them. This exhi­bi­tion focuses on inti­mate fam­ily his­to­ries — sto­ries of eco­nomic strug­gles and hous­ing inse­cu­rity, but also of cel­e­bra­tion and joy — and offers a broader crit­i­cal per­spec­tive on the social, polit­i­cal, and eco­nomic struc­tures that frame them.

David Flaugher | Artist Project Series
July 10, 2021 through Jan­u­ary 16, 2022
Hours: Fri­day — Sun­day, 12 – 6pm

Eli & Edyth Broad Art Museum at Michi­gan State Uni­ver­sity
547 E Cir­cle Dr., East Lans­ing, MI 48824
(517) 8844800