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The Art and Psychology of Perception

Dec. 15, 2018 – Apr. 7, 2019

The Art Lab

Josef Albers, <i>Golden Gate</i>, from the portfolio <i>Homage to the Square: Soft Edge–Hard Edge</i>, 1965. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, gift of Dr. Neil J. Farkas in memory of his father Boris Farkas.

Josef Albers, Golden Gate, from the portfolio Homage to the Square: Soft Edge–Hard Edge, 1965. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, gift of Dr. Neil J. Farkas in memory of his father Boris Farkas.

A space for experimentation, the MSU Broad Art Lab offers an opportunity to imagine new possibilities around the display and interpretation of art. In this instance, students from an honors cognitive psychology course at MSU will develop the interpretive content for a show of Op art from the MSU Broad collection. Op art, short for “optical art,” is a genre that involves forms of optical illusion. But rather than providing an art historical analysis of the works on view, the psychology students will assess them from their own disciplinary perspective. This experiment will be enhanced by the use of a new “smart label” technology initiative funded by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in development at the MSU Broad.

The Art and Psychology of Perception is organized by the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University and curated by Steven L. Bridges, Associate Curator. Support for this exhibition is provided by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Elizabeth Halsted endowment fund.