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

Sunday, February 5, 2pm
Call to Action | #pussyhats: Knitting Resistance and Agency
On January 21, 2017, millions across the globe donned pink “pussyhats” as they gathered to voice their support for human rights issues including reproductive health, LGBTQIA rights, civil rights, and religious freedom. Join Apparel + Textile Design faculty members Theresa Winge and Rebecca Schuiling for a discussion of the Pussyhat Project and the power of dress within social movements. Following the talk, we invite you to engage with your elected officials addressing the issues you care most about at our postcard station. MSU Museum curators Mary Worrall and Shirley Wajda will be on hand with a small exhibition of objects of historic social movements. Call to Action is an ongoing series that encourages members of our community to be active participants in the democratic process. A range of activities and discussions will explore the ways you can advocate for issues that are important to you.

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.

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, March 18, 3pm
Stories of Home with the Nokomis Learning Center
Bring the whole family for an afternoon of interactive storytelling and cultural exchange with our friends from the Nokomis Learning Center. Storytelling has a high position in the culture of the Anishinaabek. The tales and legends have within them lessons and history capable of touching the hearts and mind of all who come to listen.The Nokomis Native American Cultural Learning Center is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of the history, arts, and culture of the Anishinaabe people—the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi nations.

Tuesday, March 28, 2pm
50 Years On: Conversations Around the Collection
Join us as we continue with our second conversation in this spring series collaboration with the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities titled, 50 Years On: Reflections on Race, Racism and the Legacies of the 1967 Detroit Riots. Coordinated around the visit to MSU on April 3 by the award-winning writer and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates as part of the World View Lecture Series, the Broad MSU is offering a series of programs that promote discussion about the burden of racism in American society. Join us for our second installment of three conversations centered around a work from our collection. Featuring Assistant Curator, Steven Bridges, along with special guest Dr. Carl Taylor who will use the work of Margaret Burroughs as a departure point for their conversation. Support for this program provided by the MSU Creating Inclusive Excellence Grant/Office for Inclusion.

Wednesday, March 29
MFA Public Talks, 6pm
Doors open at 6pm; Talks begin at 6:30pm, Alan and Rebecca Ross Education Wing
Join Michigan State University Department of Art, Art History, and Design third-year graduate students Ladan Bahmani, Elyse Gambino, Kristen Franyutti, Jordan Smith, and Chelsea Young as they discuss their work included in the 2017 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition, on view from March 18–April 2, 2017. Q&A to follow with Assistant Curator Carla Acevedo-Yates moderating the discussion.