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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.

January

Saturday, January 7
Family Day: Transformation, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance
11am–3pm, Alan and Rebecca Ross Education Wing
First Saturday means Family Day at the Broad MSU! Join us in exploring the many ways art can transform spaces, places, and people as we celebrate the new exhibition, Suspended Space, by artist Kate Terry. Family Day is always free and open the public.

Sunday, January 8
Acoustic Lunch: Nathan Bell
12:30pm, Alan and Rebecca Ross Education Wing
Bring your lunch to the crossroads of American roots music with Nathan Bell. Musically restless, Bell tells the story of an American working class. His concise narratives come wrapped in an elegant yet down-home production of poetry and song. The Acoustic Lunch series is offered in collaboration with Pump House Concerts.

Friday, January 13
Altered Tour: 2116, Scientific Forecasts
7pm, Broad MSU
Join MSU Chemistry Professor Joseph Ward as we don our lab coats and experiment with the UNpredictability of science, art, and the future. Professor Ward worked with the Broad MSU to execute Ruth Lyons’s work, Storm Glass, currently on display in 2116: Forecast of the Next Century. 2116 features work from 16 Irish artists illustrating their visions for Ireland’s next 100 years. Storm Glass is a barometer, based on an old Victorian model, which for Lyons reflects the arbitrary nature of trying to predict the future. Guided by Professor Ward, we’ll perform live chemistry experiments that just might leave us guessing.

Sunday, January 15
Broad Wellness: Creative Self-Care
11am, Alan and Rebecca Ross Education Wing
Advance registration recommended
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 and 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, January 18
BroadPOP Studio: Throwing Clay
2pm, Broad MSU, Lower Level
Find your center with a potter’s wheel demonstration performed by Michigan-based artist, Amy Brown. Amy received her Masters of Fine Arts degree from Michigan State University and has taught basic and advanced pottery techniques to children and adults at the Bailey Community Center in East Lansing.

Friday, January 20
Broad Underground Film Series: Eco & Ego, Art and the Anthropocene
7pm, The Robin Theatre (REO Town, Lansing)
The ice melted, human numbers blossomed, and people began to have an impact on the Earth’s natural systems. Join us for three short films, including Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty, that speak to this human impact. 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, January 21
MSU Federal Credit Union Artist Studio Series: Jan Tichy Opening Reception
2–4pm, Alan and Rebecca Ross Education Wing
Join us in celebrating the achievements of a four-month collaboration between Chicago-based artist Jan Tichy and students from Everett High School (Lansing) and Carman-Ainsworth High School (Flint). The results of this collaboration, which addresses the Flint Water Crisis, culminate in a sculptural installation transforming the museum’s Education Wing. This exhibition is part of the MSU Federal Credit Union’s Artist Studio Series, which invites artists to interact with the community through site-specific installations presented alongside educational encounters that offer insight into the artist's creative processes. Curated by Steven L. Bridges, Assistant Curator. On view January 21–April 23, 2017.

Sunday, January 22
New in Student Performance: Verdant Winds performs “Music Confined”
2pm, Alan and Rebecca Ross Education Wing
Verdant Winds is a woodwind quintet comprised of MSU graduate students who seek to reach all age groups through interactive, participatory performances that promote learning and music appreciation in a fun, casual atmosphere. 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, January 27
The Hob Nob wsg Gifts or Creatures
6–8pm, Alan and Rebecca Ross Education Wing
Our favorite Friday night hang out is back—and now with live music! Gifts or Creatures is the musical pursuit of Brandon and Bethany Foote. The couple fuses a blend of midwestern folklore, old world history, and cinematic soundscapes to create a trove of antique Americana. This is the perfect spot to unwind and connect with art and art lovers. Admission is free and includes awesome activities, appetizers, and a cash bar. Galleries will be open and exhibitions on view will include: Fire Within: A New Generation of Chinese Women Artists, 2116: Forecast of the Next Century, MSU Federal Credit Union Artist Studio Series: Jan Tichy, Kate Terry: Suspended Space, Rite and Reason, and “The Wearing of the Green.”

February

Friday, February 3, 7pm
Altered Tour: Interior Spaces
Kate Terry’s site-specific thread installations respond directly to the architecture of the spaces they inhabit. She is interested in how this almost invisible material can command and disrupt behavior. With this in mind, we’ll learn some basic principles of interior design from local professional, Courtney Hovey. Hovey earned her bachelor’s degree in interior design from MSU in 2015, where she was Vice President of U.S. Green Building Council, MSU Student Chapter. She is currently an interior designer at Stantec in Detroit.

Saturday, February 4, 11am–3pm
Family Day: Communication, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance
First Saturday means Family Day at the Broad MSU! Whose stories do artists tell? This month we explore systems of communication, voice, and story with our MSU Federal Credit Union Artist Studio Series artist Jan Tichy. Family Day is always free and open the public.

Wednesday, February 8, 7pm
Into the Golden Age: Celtic Art of a Medieval Ireland
Using the Irish Uprising of 1916 as a starting point, 2116: Forecast of the Next Century asks 16 contemporary artists to look forward another 100 years and imagine what the future might hold for Ireland. In this lecture, Caitlin Doherty, curator of the exhibition, will take us back to early Medieval times and a shared Celtic tradition which has become immediately recognizable around the world today. Using some of the finest works of art from this time as examples such as manuscript illumination, metalwork, and stone sculpture, the audience will be taken on a journey into the Golden Age of Irish art and will further consider how this continues to inform an understanding of Irish identity today.

Sunday, February 12, 2pm
New in Student Performance: MSU Orchesis
Find personal expression through body language. MSU Orchesis strives to enhance and enrich the presence of dance in our daily lives with this interactive performance. 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!

Wednesday, February 15, 2pm
BroadPOP Studio: Play with Clay
The studio is open! Get your hands dirty and play with clay. Roll, press, carve, and stamp your own design into a personalized clay tile. You make it, we’ll fire it, then visit the studio again to put on the finishing touches. Don’t forget to tag us using #BroadPOP and @BroadMSU!

Friday, February 17, 7pm
Broad Underground Film Series: Flicker Describing a Cone
(SCENE) Metrospace
This month’s Broad Underground will juxtapose the hallucinatory rhythms in Tony Conrad’s The Flicker (1966) with an interactive, three dimensional light sculpture in Anthony McCall’s Line Describing a Cone (1973). You’ll never be able to look at film the same way again. 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!

Sunday, February 19, 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 and 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.

Thursday, February 23, 7pm
Artist Talk: Kate Terry
Join artist Kate Terry as she talks about her latest work and recent installation, Suspended Space, currently on view through April 2. Terry’s practice includes sculpture, installation and drawing, with her current installation employing thread to form intricate geometric patterns amid hundreds of taught, straight lines that intersect and create new architectures within the gallery space. The lecture is also planned in conjunction with MSU’s Art, Art History, and Design Guest Lecture Series.

Saturday, February 25, 12:30pm
Acoustic Lunch: Rachael Kilgour
Bring your lunch to the crossroads of American roots music with Rachael Kilgour. The Acoustic Lunch series is offered in collaboration with Pump House Concerts.