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The Nightly News

The Nightly News


Walk into a surreal, cinematic experience and explore people’s dreams.

March 4, 2023–May 28, 2023

About the Exhibition

The Nightly News is the latest project by artists Candy Chang and James A. Reeves. This participatory installation compiles anonymous descriptions of real dreams and translates them to the screen.

After collecting over one thousand handwritten dreams from students at the American School in London, Chang and Reeves transformed the school’s underground courtyard into a theater dedicated to these subconscious visions. Now, the installation comes to East Lansing with contributions from the Michigan State University community.

Candy Chang is a Taiwanese American artist who activates public spaces around the world. With a background in design, architecture, and urban planning, she creates interactive art installations using street art tactics and prompts for anonymous, handwritten reflections. Connecting public art and mental health, her work aims to reflect a community’s innermost thoughts and emotional state by appropriating a space for the purpose of displaying these personal reflections, expressing feelings of anxiety, hope, grief, and the subconscious. She also incorporates video and mixed media to reproduce handwritten contributions by participants.

James A. Reeves is a writer, educator, and artist whose work addresses philosophy and ritual in the digital age. For over a decade, Chang and Reeves have collaborated on interdisciplinary art projects around the world that explore the future of ritual and community.

The Nightly News is organized by the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University and curated by Curatorial Assistant Dalina A. Perdomo Álvarez. This exhibition is in collaboration with International Studies and Programs at Michigan State University. Lead funding for this exhibition is provided by the Eli and Edythe Broad Endowed Exhibition Fund.


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