Over the last several decades, artists have turned to the media of sound, movement and theater to express their ideas as they previously would have painting, sculpture, and installation. Audiences of the Broad MSU can expect to experience genre-defying music, restlessly inventive theater, site-specific dance, new directions in literature, and multi-media spectacles, not to mention social “interventions” that invite audience members to become active participants in the artistic process.

Upcoming performances and events at the Broad MSU:

Friday, September 5
Bike n’ Brew at The Broad MSU

6–9 PM
Free and open to the public
The Broad MSU, MSU Sustainability, and MSU Bikes host an evening of biking, brewing, music and art! The entirely bike and solar powered brewery Windmill Pointe Brewing employs Broad visitors’ pedal power to cook up a special brew using local hops from Top Hops Farm. Learn a little bit about hop growing while you rock out to live bands brought to you by City Pulse and The Impact 89FM.

The Land Grant: Flatbread Society Open Outcry
The term “open outcry” describes a method of communication between professionals on a board of trade. It involves both shouting and the use of specific hand signals to communicate buying and selling on the trading floor, also known as, the pit. The Flatbread Society at the Broad MSU appropriates this term as the name for its public programming in an effort to evoke a series of spirited dialogues from different viewpoints on the nature of farming and agriculture, our changing relationship to grains, and the commodity of natural resources. Click here to read more about The Land Grant: Flatbread Society, on view through October 12, 2014.

Open Outcry Schedule
RSVP to any or all of the weekend's events to Augusta Morrison at morri391@msu.edu.

Thursday, October 9
Artisan Distilling Workshop — AT CAPACITY
7–9 PM, Red Cedar Distillery
Join Kris Berglund, University Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at MSU, for a workshop on artisan distilling of wheat spirit at the Red Cedar Distillery.

Friday, October 10
Bread Making Workshop
12–2 PM, Broad MSU Sculpture Garden
Free and open to the public
Award-winning pastry chef Boris Portnoy conducts a workshop on bread mixing, proofing, and baking outside in the sculpture garden of the museum.

Friday, October 10
Artist Talk & Threshing Party
Artist Talk at 6 PM, Threshing Party to follow at 7 PM
Free and open to the public
Hear from San Francisco-based artist Amy Franceschini on The Land Grant: Flatbread Society at 6 PM, then join the Broad MSU and members of the Flatbread Society in a grain threshing party with live music from Vetiver and members of the Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle at 7 PM. Amy Franceschini is an artist and designer who creates work that facilitates encounter, exchange, and tactile forms of inquiry by calling into question the “certainties” of a given time or place where a work is situated. In 1995, Franceschini founded Futurefarmers, an international collective of artists, activists, researchers, farmers, and architects who work together to propose alternatives to the social, political, and environmental organization of space. Franceschini is a 2009 Guggenheim fellow and her work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York; Hall of Sciences and the Walker Art Center.

Saturday, October 11
Material Encounters: What We Make
12–3 PM, Broad MSU Sculpture Garden & Clay Oven
Free and open to the public
Hands-on encounters with materials and processes, such as bread making with local Michigan-based makers. Discussion topics to include: the alchemy of bread making and distilling spirits, small scale farming and the process of distributing food from farm to table, as well as agrarian mythology and folklore. Flatbread Society sees material encounters as tools for resisting the ongoing pressure to standardize our lives. FBS attempts to connect us back to actual forms of making and the knowledge such forms impart.

Sunday, October 12
Symposium: Food as Thought
1–3 PM, Minskoff Gallery
Free and open to the public
The Food as Thought symposium offers contemporary viewpoints on the nature of farming and agriculture, our changing relationship to grains, and the commodity of natural resources. The discussion will address questions surrounding intellectual property, including: When does food become a law and a commodity? How did using heritage grains become an expression of resilience and biodiversity within the pressing issues of food security, intellectual property, and land use? Has our food lost its ecological identity? Further topics will address the history of food and food law, including biotechnology. Invited guests include Dr. Lawrence Busch, University Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for the Study of Standards in Society at Michigan State University; Dr. Tara McDowell, Associate Professor and Director of Curatorial Practice at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia; Claire Pentecost, artist; and Amy Franceschini, artist. Moderated by Alison Gass, Show Curator and Creator of the Land Grant project.

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!

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.