In its galleries, at venues across the MSU campus and in the community, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum will surprise and engage audiences with the best in contemporary performance, live art and educational programs, focusing on emerging voices and international perspectives, events and programs that engage the community. 

October 2014

Thursday, October 23
5–8 PM, Education Wing
Join us for a night of frightening fun for all ages as the Broad MSU celebrates East Lansing’s Great Pumpkin Walk! Explore our newest exhibitions, try your hand at some ghoulish games, and make spider-themed crafts in the Education Wing! Show off your costume and strike a pose in our photo booth, and sink your fangs into a cauldron of cider and donuts from Quality Dairy. Plus, learn more about your favorite creepy crawly creatures as we are joined by our friends from MSU’s Bug House!

Tuesday, October 28
Curator Talk: Bisi Silva
7–9 PM, Education Wing
Free and open to the public
Join independent curator Bisi Silva for a lecture on the development of contemporary art and curatorial initiatives from Africa and its diaspora. Bisi Silva will use the art sector in Nigeria and the activities of the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, which she founded in 2007 and currently directs, as the point of departure to discuss the evolving art dynamics on the continent.

Bisi Silva is an independent curator and the founder/director of Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (CCA Lagos). She was co-curator of The Progress of Love, a transcontinental collaboration across three venues in Nigeria and America (2013); J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere: Moments of Beauty, Kiasma, Helsinki (2011); and the 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Greece, Praxis: Art in Times of Uncertainty (2009). In 2006 Silva was one of the curators for the Dakar Biennale in Senegal. Silva has participated in several international conferences and symposia. She has written essays for many publications, international art magazines, and journals including ArtforumThird Text, and The Exhibitionist, and is on the editorial board of Art South Africa and n.paradoxa. She is guest editor for Manifesta Journal: Around Curatorial Practices No. 17 (2013). She was a member of the international jury for the 55th Venice Biennale (2013) and has been the recipient of several prestigious international fellowships and residencies including the Clark/Mellon Curatorial Fellowship at Clark Art Institute, MA, 2011, and the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Scholars’ Residency. Co-sponsored by MSU International Studies and Program, the College of Social Science, and the Broad MSU.

Thursday, October 30
Future Returns: Contemporary Art from China Exhibition Opening
Curator Talk at 6 PM, Reception to follow
Free and open to the public
Over the past three decades China has experienced profound socioeconomic changes that have prompted calls to revisit, reconsider, and redefine the nation’s identity. Future Returns: Contemporary Art from China explores the impact of these transformations by bringing together works by contemporary Chinese artists that address China’s metamorphosis from a traditional society into an ultra-modern nation. The exhibition takes over the Broad MSU’s second floor galleries, and features the work of more than 20 renowned Chinese artists. Hear from Broad MSU Adjunct Curator Chunchen Wang at 6 PM with a reception to follow featuring the Silk Road Chinese Orchestra. Learn more about the exhibition here.

Saturday, November 1
Family Day
12–4 PM, Education Wing
Free and open to the public
First Saturday means Family Day, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance! See some art and show some heart as we team up with the Art for Charlie Foundation! Enjoy artworks created by local children and participate in a collaborative art exhibition. All works on view will be available for purchase through the foundation’s annual auction held later in the month — visit for more information.

Saturday, November 8
Collection Show & Tell
2 PM, Lower Level: Dr. Milton E. and Beth E. Muelder Collectors’ Lobby
Free and open to the public
In this ongoing series, someone from the Broad MSU crew will select a work from our collection and share with you what they think is special about it. This month, docent Maria Adelmen discusses Cryptic Confessions: The Answer by Bete Saar.

Sunday, November 9
New in Student Production Sunday
2-4 PM, Education Wing
Free and open to the public
The Broad MSU invites students to utilize our Education Wing as a place to showcase what they have been working on recently and to show it off! This month, join us for the classical & jazz instrumental duo featuring Oleg Bezuglov on violin and Natalia Bezuglova on piano. The performance opens with Bach's Three Partitas for solo violin, with a 15-minute break at 1 PM, followed by Brahms's violin concerto for violin and piano.

Friday, November 14
East Lansing 2030: Collegeville Re-Envisioned Exhibition Opening
6:30 PM, Julie and Edward J. Minskoff Gallery
Free and open to the public
Celebrate the opening of the innovative exhibition, East Lansing 2030: Collegeville Re-Envisioned! Eight of the nation's most forward-thinking architects, landscape architects, and urban designers have come together to explore ways to re-envision East Lansing as we know it. Enjoy food and drinks while speaking with the curator and designers about their ideas and presentation of how they have imagined "collegeville" as it could exist in the coming decades. Learn more about the exhibition here.

Saturday, November 15
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM, Education Wing
Free and open to the public
Join architects, landscape architects, and urban designers from the exhibition, East Lansing 2030: Collegeville Re-Envisioned, in a participatory event that investigates the future of our community—and with it that of the American college town. Look closely at East Lansing and MSU alongside the architects and designers. Discuss their experiences developing projects for the exhibition. Learn more about design and how it can help a community envision and move towards a desired future, and develop your own vision of what East Lansing will be and how it will get there. Come to add your voice to the discussion or come just to listen. Come for a few minutes or come for the entire morning.

Exhibition Participants
Jules Dingle and Jeff Goldstein, Principals of DIGSAU, Philadelphia
Martin Felsen, Principal of UrbanLAb, Chicago
Jeff Day, Principal of Min|Day, San Francisco and Omaha
Claire Weisz, Principal of WXY Architecture + Urban Design, NYC

9:30 AM: Coffee and Bagels
10–11 AM: “City of the Arts” — work in small groups led by an exhibition participant to document different interpretations of East Lansing’s identity and network of civic assets
11–12 PM: “Home of MSU” — join a moderated roundtable discussion with the exhibition participants about their designs for the city and the interconnections between the university and the town
12 PM: Refreshments
12–1 PM: “My East Lansing” — work individually or together with participants and fellow citizens to map the constellation of people, places, activities, events, and experiences that embody an ambition for a vision of East Lansing in the future

Wednesday, November 19
The Art of Observation
6–8 PM, Education Wing
$35 Members • $45 Public | Purchase tickets here
Explore different ways of seeing with the art of observation featuring MSU Associate Professor of Painting, Teresa Dunn. Enjoy food and drinks as Dunn creates a visual mashup of collage and real objects through a charcoal drawing and teaches you how to do the same! Cost is per person and includes food, two drink tickets, an event take away, and professional demonstration by Professor Dunn. Space is limited, so purchase your tickets today!

Future Returns Documentary Film Series                                                       
In conjunction with Future Returns: Contemporary Art From China, the Broad MSU will present five documentary films that portray daily life in contemporary China, while considering the entangled relationship of its past, present, and future. Following each film screening, the audience is invited to join in dialogue facilitated by Michigan State University faculty members who are engaged in the study of China. First in the series will be Flood by Dong Jun.

Tuesday, November 25
Flood, Director: Dong Jun (2008, 90 min.)
7 PM, Education Wing
Free and open to the public
Addressing the impact of water conservancy and flood prevention programs initiated by the Chinese government, director Dong Jun introduces us to the people living along Weihe River’s southern region. Flood looks closely at the first dam constructed in China 40 years ago and uncovers how the Sanmen Gorge Dam dramatically altered the Weihe River and the livelihood of those living off the surrounding land.