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.

Every Saturday and Sunday

Public Tours
1 PM and 3 PM, 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 3 PM. 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.

Please note: There will be no public tours on Easter Sunday (April 5).

March 2015

Saturday, March 28
Acoustic Lunch: Louise Mosrie
In collaboration with Pump House Concerts
12 PM, Education Wing
Free and open to the public
Tap your toes with Nashville-based folk musician Louise Mosrie at this special preview of her 7 PM evening concert at the Pump House. The Acoustic Lunch series is offered in collaboration with the Pump House Concerts held monthly at the neighborhood-run listening room located in the Bailey Neighborhood at 368 Orchard Street in East Lansing.

Tuesday, March 31
Black Film as Social Activism Series: Free Angela and All Political Prisoners
Film Screening and Conversation with Director Shola Lynch
6:30 PM, Studio C! Meridian Mall
Free and open to the public
Director Shola Lynch’s gripping documentary offers a firsthand account of the events that thrust Angela Davis into the national spotlight in the early 1970s. From a newly-appointed philosophy professor to a fugitive on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List, Davis speaks openly about the fight to keep her job and her freedom after joining the Communist Party, protesting with the Black Panthers, and becoming a spokesperson for the prison reform movement. Screening followed by a conversation with director Shola Lynch; Yesomi Umolu, Assistant Curator, Broad MSU; and Tama Hamilton-Wray, Assistant Professor, Residential College for the Arts and Humanities. A shuttle bus will depart the Broad MSU at 6 PM and return at 10 PM. Limited seating is available; advance registration required online here.

The Black Film as Social Activism series is co-organized and co-sponsored by Michigan State University’s Department of English Film Studies Program, the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, and the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. 

Additional support is provided by: Creating Inclusive Excellence Funding Program from the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives; Department of History Comparative Black History Program; College of Communication Arts and Sciences Media and Information Studies and Media Sandbox; African Studies Center; Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures; College of Law; James Madison College; College of Music Jazz Studies; and Center for Gender in Global Contexts.

April 2015

Wednesday, April 1
The Blindman, or, how to see a world exhibition
Caroline Jones, Professor of Art History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
In Collaboration with the MSU Department of Art, art History, and Design
7 PM, Education Wing
Free and open to the public
Jones's talk will provide a philosophical thread through her current book project The Global Work of Art (forthcoming from University of Chicago Press). While her book looks at the way that art is made to communicate both universal and national ideals in the context of world’s fairs and international biennials, the talk will hone in on a surprising trope in the discourses responding to these spectacular events. Specifically, it will look at the figure of the ‘blind guide’ who often ends up having his (and the gender is consistent) most sublime experience in the hall of the machines — and will trace recurring themes of blindness that have brought the trope into contemporary art.

Thursday, April 2
MSU Counseling Center Sexual Assault Program 35th Anniversary Celebration and Teal Ribbon Award
6 PM Reception • 6:30 Remarks, Education Wing
Free and open to the public
Please join us in celebrating with the MSU Counseling Center as they mark the 35th Anniversary of the Sexual Assault Program. The Teal Award Ceremony with remarks from President Simon will begin at 6:30 PM followed by a screening and discussion of the documentary Every Two Minutes, featuring stories of sexual assault survivors—learn more here

Saturday, April 4
Family Day
12–4 PM, Education Wing
Free and open to the public
Let’s zoom in on landscapes, both contemporary and classic, as we explore Trevor Paglen: The Genres. Learn about the history of photography as we examine Paglen’s works and question what makes a landscape “traditional” by looking at pieces from our collection.

Thursday, April 8
Conversations Around the Table: An American Experience
3:30 PM, Dr. Milton E. and Beth E. Muelder Collectors’ Lobby (Lower Level)
Free and open to the public
Spanning from the early-twentieth century to the present, the tableware in this two-part exhibition form “conversations” around the currency of key issues in modern American culture. Join guest curator and MSU Department of Art, Art History, and Design faculty member Paul Kotula as he discusses the studio and factory pottery on view in Conversations Around the Table: An American Experience.

Friday, April 10
Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony: 2015 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition
6:30 PM, Broad MSU
Free and open to the public
The 2015 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition showcases works by up-and-coming artists completing their degrees in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design at Michigan State University. There will be a short awards program at 7:15 PM 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 juried by Amy L. Powell, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Saturday, April 11
Focus on the Collection
2 PM, Dr. Milton E. and Beth E. Muelder Collectors’ Lobby (Lower Level)
Free and open to the public
Get up close and personal with us as our Public Engagement Coordinator Britany Benson presents Leon Levinstein’s Coney Island. Learn more about this work by a photographer known for getting up close to his subjects physically, but always keeping his distance personally.

Sunday, April 12
New in Student Performance
2 PM, Education Wing
Free and open to the public
This monthly series features MSU students as the Education Wing becomes a laboratory to develop and showcase their creative research. Join Jose Pantoja, Ladan Bahmani, and Savannah Smith as they explore the formation of one’s identity through spoken-word poetry and filmmaking. Q&A session to follow.

Tuesday, April 14
Exceptions: Accessible Art
7–9 PM, Education Wing
Free and open to the public
Experience art with your eyes and hands in this one-night interactive exhibition featuring student-generated art that bridges painting and poetry. The event is hosted by Exceptions, an MSU-based literary journal that features interviews and creative works by individuals in the visually impaired community. Alongside the Accessible Art exhibition, Exceptions will debut its first print-audio hybrid issue, containing works of fiction, memoir, poetry, and visual art.

Wednesday, April 15
MSU Science Festival Open House: The Applied Science Behind Producing Exhibitions
5–8 PM, Education Wing
Free and open to the public
Visitors to the Broad MSU enjoy exhibitions in our award-winning building, but what does it take to make them happen? Stop in at this open house for a glimpse into the science, tools, and methods used to produce exhibitions at the Broad MSU. Learn more about the MSU Science Festival events here

Thursday, April 16
Acoustic Lunch: Brad Cole and Erin Sax
In collaboration with Pump House Concerts
12 PM, Education Wing
Free and open to the public
Bring your lunch to the crossroads of blues and country with musicians Brad Cole and Erin Sax at this special preview of their 7 PM evening concert at the Pump House. The Acoustic Lunch series is offered in collaboration with the Pump House Concert, held monthly at the neighborhood-run listening room located in the Bailey Neighborhood at 368 Orchard Street in East Lansing. Stay updated on Pump House Concerts here

Friday, April 17
CITIZENFOUR
7 PM, Studio C!
Free with registration
CITIZENFOUR is a real-life thriller that places the audience in the room with Edward Snowden as he hands over classified documents providing evidence of illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA) to filmmaker Laura Pointras and journalist Glenn Greenwald. New York-based social scientist, artist, writer, and provocateur Trevor Paglen, whose work is featured in the Broad MSU exhibition Trevor Paglen: The Genres, contributed cinematography of surveillance bases to this 2015 Oscar-winning documentary. 

Monday, April 20
New in Student Performance: Department of Theatre Film Festival
7:30 PM, Education Wing
Free and open to the public
Join us for the MSU Department of Theatre’s Fourth Annual Theatre Film Festival featuring short films created in THR404 – Topics in Acting and Directing III. Presented as part of the New in Student Performance ongoing series that showcases MSU students monthly, as the Education Wing becomes a laboratory to develop and showcase their creative research.

Wednesday, April 22
Gallery Talks: 2015 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition
1–3 PM, Broad MSU
Free and open to the public
Join Michigan State University Department of Art, Art History, and Design third-year graduate students as they discuss their work included the 2015 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition

Thursday, April 23
Gallery Talks: 2015 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition
1–3 PM, Broad MSU
Free and open to the public
Join Michigan State University Department of Art, Art History, and Design third-year graduate students as they discuss their work included the 2015 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition

Thursday, April 23
Studio Conversation: Jessica Frelinghuysen
6 PM, Education Wing
Free and open to the public
Detroit-based artist Jessica Frelinghuysen discusses Conversation Domes and her studio practice with Michelle Word, Director of Education. Jessica Frelinghuysen: Conversation Domes is organized by the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University as part of the MSU Federal Credit Union Artist Studio Series. 

Friday, April 24
Opening Reception: American Appetite: Transforming Food Culture
5–7 PM, Dr. Milton E. and Beth E. Muelder Collectors’ Lobby (Lower Level)
Free and open to the public
This exhibition, curated by museum studies students in the course Curatorial Practices, takes a multi-themed approach to the way American food culture has evolved and transformed in the past hundred years. Objects emphasize our changing relationship to food from the farm to the factory and the table. Food as symbol, power, wealth as well as nurture, memory, and tradition are explored in a variety of objects from MSU collections. 

Thursday, April 30
The Art of the Cocktail
6–9 PM, Red Haven Farm to Table Restaurant
$55 Members • $65 Public
Purchase tickets here
Explore the art of the cocktail with the Greater Detroit Chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild. Enjoy food from Red Haven as council members explain the history, science, and art of classic cocktails, bitters, food pairing, and shrubs! Prepare to rediscover what a classic cocktail can be! Space is limited so reserve your spot today.