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. 

December 2014

Saturday, December 6
Family Day
12–4 PM, Education Wing
Free and open to the public
Celebrate cultures near and far with activities inspired by Future Returns: Contemporary Art from China while enjoying live music from MSU’s very own State of Fifths a cappella group!

Sunday, December 7
Sonic Salon: featuring Philip Rice, Jon Anderson, and Zac Brunell
7–9 PM, Education Wing
Free and open to the public
Join us for the next installment in the Sonic Salon series at the Broad MSU as we absorb the sounds around us and discuss the work of three sound artists and composers who utilize the museum space as a laboratory for creating unique work with an emphasis on the exchange of ideas. In this site specific performance, composers Philip Rice and Jon Anderson will explore and respond to the architecture of the museum through vocal and electroacoustic music. With no right angles, high ceilings, and sharp corners, the acoustics allow for an experimental sound scape to dance from beam to beam. Rice and Anderson have closely studied the building's acoustics and have created two original compositions that reveal how radical and beautiful sound making can be. Following the original composition, percussionist Zac Brunell will perform the Midwest premiere of Crystal Radio by Nathan Davis as well as works by avant-garde composer John Cage and improvisational sound artist Cenk Ergün.

Friday, December 12
The Art of Hair Design
6 PM, Education Wing
$35 Members • $45 Public
Purchase tickets here
Warm up this December with The Art of Hair Design, featuring HEAT blow dry and beauty boutique! Specializing in blowouts customized to fit everyone’s unique personality, professionals from HEAT will share what it takes to create the perfect design for you. Watch as stylists demonstrate how to achieve the Mermaid, the Country Club, or even the Paparazzi on members of the audience. Receive a consultation and quick style of your own ‘do and discover the art of hair for yourself! Cost is per person and includes food, two drink tickets, an event take away, and professional demonstration and style by professionals from HEAT. Space for this event is limited so reserve your seat today!

Saturday, December 13
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, Kay Woodring discusses Lunch Break by Tyree Guyton.

Friday, December 19
Cocoa + Classics
7 PM, Education Wing
Free and open to the public
Bring the whole family to warm up with a cup of hot cocoa and sing along to your favorite holiday hits as performed by The Honey Badgers — don't forget your dancing shoes!


Upcoming Programming

Future Returns Documentary Film Series
In conjunction with Future Returns: Contemporary Art From China, the Broad MSU presents 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 Film Studies faculty member Dr. Swarnavel Eswaran Pillai and other MSU faculty members who are engaged in the study of China. 

Tuesday, January 13 | 7 PM
Where Should I Go?
dir. Li Junhu, 2010, 70 min.
Director Li Junhu shares the story of a rural family who travels from their hometown to the city. Driven by the pursuit of increased educational opportunities for the children, the family becomes aware of the tremendous gap between hopes for a better future and their present economic reality. Exactly which road should they follow? Should they return to the countryside or stay in the city?

Tuesday, January 27 | 7 PM
dir. Lin Xin, 2009, 203 min.
In 1978, director Lin Xin graduated from Tongchuan Coal Mine Middle School. Thirty years later, he encounters his old classmates and records their individual lives and history. Set amidst the backdrop of China’s historic reforms, a story unfolds that is unique to those who came of age in the new era and reveals the events that have come to shape their lives.

Tuesday, February 10 | 7 PM
The Lost River
dir. Tian Bo, 2012, 120 min.
Centered in a remote village on the Loess Plateau in Shaanxi Province, director Tian Bo revisits his hometown to tell the tale of this ancient village in the process of development. From communal rituals to the election of a village committee to agricultural policy, The Lost River unveils the old and new within the village’s transformative development.

Tuesday, February 24 | 7 PM
China Gate
dir. Wang Yang, 2011, 72 min.
The story of young Chinese students engaged in intensive study, China Gate highlights youth who seek to change their social status through education. Director Wang Yang filmed in three separate regions in China, juxtaposing a small county school with a highly-pressured large city, to capture the struggle of hardworking Chinese youth and the spirit that keeps them fighting against all odds.

Tuesday, March 3 | 7 PM
dir. Dong Jun, 2008, 90 min.
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.