2020 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition
The Master of Fine Arts Exhibition was the culmination of a three-year program in which artists explore their creative practice under the supervision of a faculty guidance committee.
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 gathered 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 prompted 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 presented, 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. 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.
Who is a Citizen?
Who Is a Citizen? presents new prose, poetry, and moving-image works made by MSU students in response to the videos in John Lucas and Claudia Rankine: Situations. The student artists explore hybrid media genres to advocate for racial equity and a more just society.
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. During this time, 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.
Online Architecture Tour
Enjoy exhibition tours from the comfort of your home! Join Michelle Word, Director of Education, as she tours exhibitions on view at the MSU Broad.
ART-MAKING AT HOME
Studio (in)Process: Upcycle Edition
We’re bringing Studio (in)Process to you in partnership with MSU Recycling and Spartan Upcycle! Let’s create from the comfort of your own home (or kitchen table, couch, garage, porch, etc.). Keep stuff out of the landfill, make upcycled art, and learn zero waste tips! Studio Educator Britta Urness will lead you through live projects you can follow along with, or simply watch and learn. Tune in on Facebook Live.
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.
Science of Grief: Rituals Around the World Panel Discussion
On Saturday, Mar. 20, the MSU Broad hosted a panel discussion on the science of grief, moderated by Dr. John Waller (Associate Professor of the History of Science and Medicine at MSU) and featured panelists Dr. Ruth Toulson (Professor of Humanities at MICA), Dr. Rocío Quispe-Agnoli (Professor of Post-Colonial Latin American Studies at MSU), Dr. Emilie Ndione Diouf (Assistant Professor of English at Brandeis University), and Maree Clarke (Mutti Mutti, Yorta Yorta, BoonWurrung/Wemba Wemba woman, curator, and artist).
This event was presented in partnership with Science Gallery Detroit.
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, connect, 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!