COVID-19 SAFETY UPDATE
As MSU continues to evaluate the safety of our campus and community in response to COVID-19, we made the decision to close the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum and the MSU Broad Art Lab to the public in March. Since then, we have been working hard to reopen the museum doors in a safe and accessible manner. We are excited to welcome you back in person beginning Sept. 1st. You can find more information about reopening and our new safety guidelines here.
Whether we're able to be open safely or we have to close, we will continue to do everything we can to stay engaged with you virtually—below we have compiled a selection of online opportunities for you to explore. If you don’t already, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for additional updates and content. We believe that art has the power to help us feel more connected to one another, even in moments where we must physically distance ourselves for the safety of our community.
Thank you for your patience, understanding, and support during these challenging times.
For additional information about COVID-19 and the precautionary measures we’re taking at MSU, visit msu.edu/together-we-will.
The MSU Broad Team
2020 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition
The Master of Fine Arts Exhibition is the culmination of a three-year program in which artists explore their creative practice under the supervision of a faculty guidance committee.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the closure of the MSU Broad, the installed exhibition has yet to be on view to the public. In the meantime, the playlist below is a compilation of virtual video walkthroughs of the art in the exhibition and artist interviews with graduates Hector Acuna, Rebecca Casement, Marcos Serafim, and Emily Somoskey.
This exhibition gathers prints and photographs from the MSU Broad collection, and challenges visitors to engage with images as tools of civic participation and political action. The works prompt us to reconsider citizenship within and beyond our relationship to state power: Who defines what it means to be a citizen, and who is absented from that discussion?
John Lucas and Claudia Rankine: Situations
The MSU Broad presents, for the first time in a solo exhibition, the entire series of Situation videos collaboratively produced by documentary filmmaker John Lucas and poet Claudia Rankine. The videos are responses to contemporary life that foreground the public and private experiences of Black Americans. They address explicit acts of racism—racially motivated murders and police violence—and the racist aggressions in our daily lives.
Seven of the nine Situations videos in the exhibition are available online here, offering an intimate viewing experience while we're closed to the public. We want to draw specific attention to Situation 8. The video contains cell phone, security, and police dashboard camera footage depicting lethal violence against black people. Continue your own anti-racist learning journey with a list of reading materials from the MSU Broad Citizen Learning Library, carefully selected from the MSU Libraries by the artists and MSU Broad staff.
Beyond Words: 2020 Curatorial Practices Exhibition
Curated by twelve Museum Studies students in Professor Susan J. Bandes’ Curatorial Practices course, this virtual exhibition explores the varied relationships between words and images. Due to COVID-19, the class had to shift gears and conceive a virtual exhibition. Creating this exhibition provided an opportunity for MSU students to learn and experiment with new technology. Experience the virtual exhibition video walkthrough of Beyond Words here.
The Vault at the MSU Broad, which also houses some of the works from our permanent collection, is dedicated to featuring and displaying works chosen by MSU students who work at the museum each month. While the museum is closed to the public, we’re bringing the series to you digitally! Check out the selections from MSU Broad student employees, including why they chose that work, online here.
Do you ever wish you could see objects in our collection up close and personal? Now you can—from the comfort of your own home, of course! Enjoy these incredible 3D renderings of works from our collection, created by MSU Professor Jon Frey and students from his Senior Research Projects in History of Art class.
Gallery Guide Insights
MSU student Gallery Guides replicate conversations they might have in the museum and share thoughts on their favorite works from the exhibition Never Spoken Again: Rogue Stories of Science and Collections.
Virtual Architecture Tour
Know that each and every day we're closed is another day we're missing you! If you're missing us too, did you know you can take a stroll through the MSU Broad anytime? Experience a virtual walkthrough of the MSU Broad's angular architecture thanks to local Lansing business Able Eyes.
The MSU Broad store is now online! With a focus on artist-made items and innovative design, the MSU Broad store stocks unique stationary, jewelry, home goods, and more. Support the MSU Broad and its mission right from the comfort of your own home. Shop the online store today.
You’ll also feel good knowing that all proceeds directly support the museum and its mission.
ART-MAKING AT HOME
Studio (in)Process at Home
We’re bringing Studio (in)Process to you! We miss getting together and making art on Thursday nights at the MSU Broad Art Lab, so let’s create from the comfort of your own home (or kitchen table, couch, garage, she-shed, porch, etc.). Studio Educator Britta Urness will lead you through live projects you can follow along with, or simply watch and learn. Tune in on Facebook Thursday nights at 9pm.
Color the Collection
Reimagine works of art with printable coloring pages featuring selections from our collection and our iconic architecture! We can't wait to see what you'll create—show off your work and tag @MSUBroad on social media.
FAB Club at Home
FAB Club at Home is a monthly e-newsletter with lots of fun ways to get creative with your family. We hope you enjoy this digital version of Family Day for the time we can’t be together. Each newsletter will include ways to Make, Play, Collaborate, and Explore with your family using materials you have at home, and center around a monthly theme. Check out past FAB Club at Home e-newsletters below!
Calling all creative kids! Join the MSU Broad online this summer for Sketchbook Club! We’ve planned art-making adventures for the month of July that children can join no matter where your family happens to be right now. Sketchbook Clubs run for one week with an enrollment fee of $55. Register today!