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All events are FREE and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Free Public Tours: Every Saturday and Sunday
1pm and 3pm, Broad MSU
Free and open to the public
Free docent-led tours of the Broad MSU are offered every Saturday and Sunday at 1pm and 3pm. During these 45-minute tours, visitors can learn more about current exhibitions and the architecture of the building. Please meet at the Visitor Services Desk five minutes prior to the tour.
Friday, March 3, 7pm
Altered Tour: Flint Voices with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
*Seating for this event is limited. Please plan accordingly.
Listen to the voices of those living in crisis and the woman who fought for their basic human right. In the hopes of providing greater visibility to the Flint water crisis through the amplification of voices previously unheard, Chicago-based artist Jan Tichy and high school students from Flint and Lansing have created Beyond Streaming, a sound mural currently on view in the Education Wing. These recorded experiences will be the backdrop to an engaging presentation delivered by the distinguished Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha. Mona Hanna-Attisha MD, MPH, FAAP, is director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, and is assistant professor of pediatrics at the MSU College of Human Medicine. Dr. Mona’s research and testing of lead levels in Flint children proved beyond all doubt, ignorance or dismissiveness that Flint’s water had become poisonous. Please join us for this unique opportunity to see past the media coverage and catch a glimpse of the lives at stake. TIME has named Mona Hanna-Attisha to the 2016 TIME 100—its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The Altered Tour series invites scholars and experts across a multitude of disciplines to give guided tours of exhibitions through a non-art centered point of view.
Saturday, March 4, 11am–3pm
Family Day: Movement, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance
First Saturday means Family Day at the Broad MSU! Does art move you? Explore motion through artistic eyes as we create artwork in response to the whirling, wobbling, and wonderful movement all around us. Family Day is always free and open the public.
Sunday, March 12, 11am
Broad Wellness: Creative Self-Care
Free with online registration
Transform everyday stress into well-being by moving with beauty at the Broad MSU. The Creative Self-Care experience is instructed by Heather Vaughan-Southard, who uses pilates therapy and somatic dance to create a grounding sense in one’s body and offer tools for authentic expression through movement. Bodies and movers of all kinds and levels encouraged. Heather is the Director of Health and Education services for Happendance, a dance-service organization based in the Mid-Michigan area which partners with local school districts, hospitals, and social organizations.
Wednesday, March 15, 2pm
BroadPOP Studio: Arts Advocacy Day
Make a button, wear it with pride! Join us this month as we support Youth Art Month and the 30th annual Arts Advocacy Day, happening in Washington, D.C. on the 20th and 21st. We’ll be using the art of collage (and our very cool button maker) to express the transformative power the arts have in our community. Don’t forget to tag us using #BroadPOP and @BroadMSU!
Wednesday, March 15, 7pm
Broad Underground Film Series: Infrastructuralisms
"Infrastructuralisms" examines the poetics and politics of infrastructure across a range of experimental films and videos. Challenging the tendency of infrastructure to recede from view until its catastrophic failure, this event focuses on films that make visible the buried networks, systems, and substrates that make everyday life possible. This series is an ongoing collaboration between the Broad MSU, Film Studies program, and Department of English at MSU. This year’s partnering venues include The Robin Theatre in REO Town and (SCENE) Metrospace in East Lansing. Stay tuned for information on our season finale at Abrams Planetarium!
Saturday, March 18, 3pm
Stories of Home with the Nokomis Learning Center
Bring the whole family for an afternoon of interactive storytelling and cultural exchange with our friends from the Nokomis Learning Center. Storytelling has a high position in the culture of the Anishinaabek. The tales and legends have within them lessons and history capable of touching the hearts and mind of all who come to listen.The Nokomis Native American Cultural Learning Center is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of the history, arts, and culture of the Anishinaabe people—the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi nations.
Sunday, March 19, 2pm
New in Student Performance: Zach Adleman
Zach Adleman is a Jazz Studies student majoring in drumset. Zach’s group has blown away the competition and recently landed themselves a spot at this year’s East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz festival. This monthly series features MSU students as the Education Wing becomes a laboratory to develop and showcase their creative research. Whether it’s music, dance, poetry, film, or something we haven’t even thought of yet, this is your chance to show us what you’ve got and support creative Spartans!
Friday, March 24, 12:30pm
Acoustic Lunch: Ken Yates
Bring your lunch to the crossroads of Canadian roots music with Ken Yates. Since first planting roots within the Canadian music scene in 2011, Ken Yates has steadily grown a reputation as one of the country’s brightest singer/songwriters. His sound offers the complete package—unforgettable melodies, emotionally charged storytelling, and top-notch guitar chops—all gloriously displayed on Yates’ new album, Huntsville. The Acoustic Lunch series is offered in collaboration with Pump House Concerts.
Sunday, March 26, 2pm
Michigan Global Roots Music Festival
The Fourth Annual Michigan Global Roots Music Festival will be making a stop at the Broad MSU! This multi-city festival invites the community to immerse themselves in music from around the globe, including the Middle East, West Africa, Japan, and the Celtic nations.
Tuesday, March 28, 2pm
50 Years On: Conversations Around the Collection
Join us as we continue with our second conversation in this spring series collaboration with the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities titled, 50 Years On: Reflections on Race, Racism and the Legacies of the 1967 Detroit Riots. Coordinated around the visit to MSU on April 3 by the award-winning writer and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates as part of the World View Lecture Series, the Broad MSU is offering a series of programs that promote discussion about the burden of racism in American society. Join us for our second installment of three conversations centered around a work from our collection. Featuring Assistant Curator, Steven L. Bridges, along with special guest Dr. Carl Taylor who will use the work of Margaret Burroughs as a departure point for their conversation. Support for this program provided by the MSU Creating Inclusive Excellence Grant/Office for Inclusion.
Wednesday, March 29, 6pm
MFA Public Talks
Doors open at 6pm; Talks begin at 6:30pm, Alan and Rebecca Ross Education Wing
Join Michigan State University Department of Art, Art History, and Design third-year graduate students Ladan Bahmani, Elyse Gambino, Kristen Franyutti, Jordan Smith, and Chelsea Young as they discuss their work included in the 2017 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition, on view from March 18–April 2, 2017. Q&A to follow with Assistant Curator Carla Acevedo-Yates moderating the discussion.
Saturday, April 1, 11am–3pm
Family Day: Poetry, Presented by Farm Bureau Insurance
First Saturday means Family Day at the Broad MSU! Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Broad MSU! Join us as we create visual, audible, and physical poetry, exploring many different ways to express yourself. Welcome our guest collaborators from the MSU Center for Poetry and the East Lansing Public Library! Family Day is always free and open to the public.
Saturday, April 1, 6:30pm
Master of Fine Arts Exhibition: Closing Reception
The 2017 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition showcases the work of Ladan Bahmani, Elyse Gambino, Kristen Franyutti, Jordan Smith, and Chelsea Young as they complete their degrees in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design at Michigan State University. Join us in celebrating their accomplishments with a short awards program to announce the Selma and Stanley Hollander Fellowship for Graduate Study and the annual John and Susan Berding Family Foundation endowed Master of Fine Arts Prize.
Sunday, April 9, 2pm
New in Student Performance: Dylan Ward
This New in Student Performance event will feature modern works for the saxophone. Michigan State University affiliated composers Kyle Landry, Gabriel Rivera, and faculty member David Biedenbender will join Dylan Ward in this experimental, participatory performance designed to challenge standard notions of the performer and audience relationship. This monthly series features MSU students as the Education Wing becomes a laboratory to develop and showcase their creative research. Whether it’s music, dance, poetry, film, or something we haven’t even thought of yet, this is your chance to support creative Spartans!
Wednesday, April 12, 1–2pm
Bookworms at the Broad MSU
Bring your eyes, ears, and imaginations to the Broad MSU for story time and creative fun inspired by this month's theme, water! Bookworms is a collaboration with the East Lansing Public Library. Recommended for ages 2–5.
Friday, April 14, 6–8pm
The Hob Nob
This is the perfect spot to unwind and connect with art and art lovers. Admission is free and includes good music, awesome activities, and a cash bar.
Saturday, April 15, 4pm
Broad Underground Film Series Season Finale: Space in the Brain
This is it—the one you’ve been waiting for! Space in the Brain addresses the intersection of cosmic exploration and pictorial abstraction in the cinematic avant-garde. Using methods from hand-painted film to pioneering computer animation, artists have taken inspiration from the Space Race of the 1960s to create new depictions of mental interiority. This series is an ongoing collaboration between the Broad MSU, Film Studies program, and Department of English at MSU. This year’s other partnering venues include The Robin Theatre in REO Town and (SCENE) Metrospace in East Lansing.
Wednesday, April 19, 2–4pm
BroadPOP Studio: Earth Day
Make art, save the planet, get a free tote bag. We’ll be applying our Earth Day inspired artwork to durable bags that can be reused again and again. Offered monthly, BroadPOP puts a little DIY in your day!
Wednesday, April 19, 6:30–9:30pm
MSU Science Festival: Science and Society
Doors open at 6pm
Grab a cup of coffee and explore the relationship between science and society with the MSU Science Festival. Special talks include: What Good is Science, presented by Tobin Craig, 6:30-7:15pm; What Nature Means to Us: Vodoun and Wooded Shrines in Benin, West Africa, presented by Erika Kraus, 7:30-8:15pm; and Climate Change in Our Polarized Society, presented by Aaron McCright, 8:30-9:15pm.
Saturday, April 22, 12:30pm
Acoustic Lunch: Josh Rose and Ed Dupas
Bring your lunch to the crossroads of American roots music with Josh Rose and Ed Dupas. Josh Rose is a song craftsman, meticulously polishing every word. He has spent the past ten years touring the midwest, teaching, writing, and creating a rich body of work. Americana singer-songwriter Ed Dupas’ lived-in melodies unwind with reflective lyrics and speak to the current state of the human condition. The Acoustic Lunch series is offered in collaboration with Pump House Concerts.
Saturday, April 22, 5–8pm
MSU Science Festival: Nights at the Museums
Celebrate the MSU Science Festival with the Broad MSU and MSU Museum! At the Broad MSU, explore the intersection between art and sciencewith the work of Chicago-based artist, Jan Tichy. Tichy has collaborated with high school students in Flint and Lansing to create a sculptural installation that speaks to our relationship with water. Tichy’s installation, Beyond Streaming, gives voice to residents affected by the damaged water system in Flint, Michigan. Learn and play through interactive games designed to teach about this vital resource. Experiment with creative ways to move water and make your own water-inspired art. Be sure to visit the MSU Museum for a joint scavenger hunt with prizes!
Saturday, April 29, 6–8pm
The Transported Man Public Opening Reception
Curatorial remarks at 6:30pm
Please join us for the opening of the debut exhibition by Director Marc-Olivier Wahler. On view April 29–October 22, 2017, the exhibition will span the entire museum. Featuring more than 50 renowned and emerging artists whose work relies on the notion of belief, The Transported Man examines the power of interpretation and the tension that exists between an ordinary object and an art object.