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All events are FREE and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Free Public Tours: Every Saturday and Sunday 
1 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 1 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. 

August

Saturday, August 6
Family Day, Presented by Farm Bureau Insurance
11am–3pm, Alan and Rebecca Ross Education Wing
First Saturday means Family Day at the Broad MSU! Drip, soak, splash! In connection with the exhibition, Drowning World, create artwork that investigates the many ways water flows through our daily lives. Don’t miss our family tour at 1pm! Family Day is always FREE and open the public.

Saturday, August 6
FIND US at Lansing JazzFest
1–5pm, Old Town (Lansing)
Find us in the Kidz Beat area for this popular fun-for-all-ages activity! You don’t have to be in a museum to see like an artist. Make your own Art Vision Goggles to wear when observing the day. Added bonus, they shade your eyes from the sun. Don’t forget to tag us using #BroadLovesLansing and @BroadMSU. #BroadLovesLansing: Make art today, see art tomorrow.

Friday, August 12
Altered Tour: Sloth Pieta
7pm, Alan and Rebecca Ross Education Wing
Free with registration
Do you want to learn more about the mother & baby sloth x-ray in our sculpture garden? Do you want to meet a REAL LIVE SLOTH? Yeah, we thought so. This month’s Altered Tour takes a wild approach. Tropical Ecologist and Assistant Professor of Biology at Michigan State University, Gerald Urquhart, talks about sloths and the impact of globalization on their natural environment. Plus, Steven T. Marsh, President and Head Curator of the Creature Conservancy in Ann Arbor Michigan introduces us to Poco, a friendly, two-toed sloth. This tour is bound to give a broader perspective on artist Steve Miller’s Sloth Pieta. The Altered Tour series invites scholars and experts across a multitude of disciplines to give guided tours of exhibitions through a non-art centered approach. Free with registration; click here to reserve your spot!

Saturday, August 13, and Sunday, August 14
FIND US at Great Lakes Folk Festival
12–8pm, East Lansing
Find our table to get information on upcoming exhibitions, events, and programs! While you’re there receive some cool, free stuff.

Wednesday, August 17
Broad POP Studio: Art in the Streets
2–4pm, Ann Street Plaza (Downtown East Lansing)
Be a part of the Art Movement. Summer’s here and we’ve been hitting the streets! We’re traversing the Greater Lansing landscape with our custom-built cart searching for creative minds and committing random acts of art. Hang out. Make art. Give that art to someone you’ve never met. We’ll be drawing, printing, writing, talking, and doing whatever else moves us. Don’t forget to tag us using #broadpop.

Friday, August 19
Acoustic Lunch: Cindy McElroy
12:30pm, Alan and Rebecca Ross Education Wing
Bring your lunch to the crossroads of American roots music with Cindy McElroy. A Michigan gem, Cindy’s music comes from the heart. Drawing from her experiences with loss, love, and growing, she tells the stories of her life with gratitude and care. The Acoustic Lunch series is offered in collaboration with Pump House Concerts.

Friday, August 19
The Hob Nob
6–8pm, Alan and Rebecca Ross Education Wing
This is the perfect spot to unwind and connect with art and art lovers. Admission is free and includes awesome art-making activities, sweet treats, and a cash bar. Galleries will be open. Artists currently on view include: Gideon Mendel, Yan Xing, and Sam Jury.

Saturday, August 20
FIND US at Art Feast
10am–5pm, Old Town, Lansing
Find us at our activity table to explore the unexpected ways in which art and food go hand-in-hand. With a custom-printed Broad MSU tote bag, participants will be well-equipped for their next shopping outing. Don’t forget to tag us using #BroadLovesLansing and @BroadMSU. #BroadLovesLansing: Make art today, see art tomorrow.

Friday, August 26
Fire Within: A New Generation of Chinese Women Artists
Opening Reception and Artist Performances
6–8pm, Alan and Rebecca Ross Education Wing
Join us as we celebrate the opening of this group exhibition investigating a wide range of themes surrounding the changing role of women in China! Featuring 28 emerging artists working across media, the night's festivities will include performances by Hu Jiayi and Lin Ran. On view August 27, 2016–February 12, 2017.

Saturday, August 27
Yoga at the Broad MSU
11am, Sculpture Garden
Free; registration recommended
Stretch your mind, body, and spirit in the Sculpture Garden this summer at the Broad MSU! Join us once a month as local yoga instructors guide you through Saturday morning yoga practice. Please bring your own mat. Free; registration recommended. Yoga at the Broad MSU is organized with Tara Scott (3jewelsyoga.com & dhamma4mama.com) and Lacey Ingrao (beewisefarms.com).

Saturday, August 27
FIND US at Michigan Pride Festival
12–5pm, Adado Riverfront Park (Lansing)
Find our activity table at Michigan Pride! Decorate a frisbee and let your pride fly.
Don’t forget to tag us using #BroadLovesLansing and @BroadMSU. #BroadLovesLansing: Make art today, see art tomorrow.

Saturday, August 27
Fire Within: A New Generation of Chinese Women Artists: Meet the Artists
1–2pm, Second Level Galleries
In lieu of our regularly guided tours, visitors will have the chance to meet and converse with a few of the artists featured in our newest exhibition. Docents will be on hand to join and assist with conversations. Take advantage of this special event and help give our visiting artists a warm welcome.

Saturday, August 27
Fire Within: A New Generation of Chinese Women Artists Panel Discussion
3pm, Alan and Rebecca Ross Education Wing
In accompaniment to the exhibition Fire Within: A New Generation of Chinese Women Artists, the Broad MSU will host a conversation featuring curator Dr. Wang Chunchen and select artists from the exhibition. Jennifer Dorothy Lee, PhD, Assistant Professor of East Asian Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago will moderate. Exploring the shifting sense of identity and agency around the role of women in Chinese society, the discussion will unpack the exhibition’s driving impetus and major themes. Punctuated by insights from the artists—who will discuss their work and personal experiences as women artists—audience members will be offered the opportunity to delve deeper into these important issues and engage in fruitful intercultural exchange.

Tuesday, August 30, and Wednesday, August 31
Welcome Week
2–4pm, Broad MSU West Plaza
Welcome back students! We’ve missed you. Do you wanna hang out? We made this really cool screen-printing cart we’d like to show you. Come check it out. You can make a custom designed tote bag to carry around campus.

September

Saturday, September 3
Family Day, Presented by Farm Bureau Insurance
11am–3pm, Alan and Rebecca Ross Education Wing
First Saturday means Family Day at the Broad MSU! Where do stories bloom and imaginations grow? Join us as we make art in celebration of our outdoor art collection, the Broad MSU Sculpture Garden! Don’t miss a special family tour at 1pm. Family Day is always FREE and open the public.

Friday, September 9
Altered Tour: Detroit Floodwaters and the work of Gideon Mendel
7pm, Alan and Rebecca Ross Education Wing
Gideon Mendel’s striking photographs of flood victims from his current exhibition, Drowning World, were captured in locations from around the world. On August 11, 2014, Detroit, MI resembled one of those locations. Join us as Kimberly Hill Knott, Director of Policy with Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, helps us understand the flood that President Obama declared a major disaster. Find out who the victims were, what’s happening to prevent future disasters, and why some areas are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

Tuesday, September 13
Artist Talk: Sam Jury
7pm, Alan and Rebecca Ross Education Wing
Join artist Sam Jury as she talks about her latest work and recent installation, To Be Here, on view at the Broad MSU through November 27. This video and sound installation focuses on Sahrawi refugees living in the Boujdour Camp near Tindouf, Algeria. Presented in collaboration with the City of East Lansing and MSU's One Book, One Community under this year’s theme, Faces of Migration: The Human Experience. The lecture is also planned in conjunction with MSU’s Art, Art History, and Design Guest Lecture Series.

Tuesday, September 13
Sam Jury: Offsite Interventions
Sam Jury’s installation, To Be Here, extends beyond the walls of the museum as a part of her contribution to the One Book, One Community initiative. Never-before-seen vignettes from her time spent in the refugee camps in Algeria await discovery on select public screens across MSU’s campus and the Greater Lansing Area. There is also a special exhibit at the MSU Library which includes Sahrawi artifacts from the library’s collection.

Thursday, September 15
Sam Jury, Guest Speaker, Eye on Africa seminar series, MSU African Studies Center
12pm, International Center Rm 201 (427 N Shaw Lane, East Lansing)
Hear artist Sam Jury expand on her experience in the Sahrawi refugee camp near Tindouf, Algeria, where she researched and documented the daily lives of refugees for To Be Here, on view at the Broad MSU through November 27. The Eye on Africa seminar series fosters a participatory environment where audience members are encouraged to join in the discussion.

Friday, September 16
Broad Underground: East of Borneo, Early Abstractions, and Flights of Fancy
7pm, Broad MSU Sculpture Garden
Join us for the season premiere of the Broad Underground film series and enjoy a wonderful evening of film and live music outside in the Sculpture Garden. Screenings will include the work of Joseph Cornell and Harry Smith and feature live musical accompaniment by Lyn Goeringer, Ricardo Lorenz, and special guests. Broad Underground is an ongoing collaboration between the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum and Film Studies and English faculty 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, September 17
FIND US at Michigan Blues Fest
1–5pm, Old Town (Lansing)
Find us at our activity table in the children’s area of Michigan Blues Fest! You don’t have to be in a museum to see like an artist—make your own Art-Vision Goggles to wear when observing the town today. Don’t forget to tag us using #BroadLovesLansing and @BroadMSU. #BroadLovesLansing: Make art today, see art tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 21
BroadPOP Studio
2–4pm, Alan and Rebecca Ross Education Wing
The studio is open! Join us this fall as we experiment with creative ways to see our world. This month we’ll see with our ears and discover what sound looks like. BroadPOP Studio fosters discovery through community art making and experimentation. Don’t forget to tag us using #BroadPOP and @BroadMSU!

Thursday, September 22
Acoustic Lunch: Jon Brooks
12:30pm, Alan and Rebecca Ross Education Wing
Bring your lunch to the crossroads of American roots music with Jon Brooks who will offer a preview of his evening concert at the Pump House. Jon’s album, The Smiling and Beautiful Countryside, is a haunting album of rural Canadian murder ballads. Need we say more? With a sound that passes smoothly from folk roots and into the future of the genre, Jon tells us what we need to hear using contemporary language and a determined, percussive drive. The Acoustic Lunch series is offered in collaboration with Pump House Concerts.

Wednesday, September 28
Drawing Marathon
9am–7pm, Broad MSU • 7–9pm, (SCENE) Metrospace, East Lansing
The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum and Department of Art, Art History, and Design at MSU enthusiastically announce their annual Drawing Marathon! This non-stop drawing extravaganza features seven drawing stations, guided and collaborative drawing, costumed models and live, performance-inspired drawing prompts, as well as an after party at (SCENE) Metrospace (because the drawing should never end, right?!).