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

Free Public Tours: Every Saturday and Sunday, 1pm and 3pm
Free and open to the public
It is not really magic. But for many, it is the greatest trick ever seen. Stop by the MSU Broad for docent-led tours featuring our current exhibition The Transported Man and uncover how artists transform ordinary objects into art. Offered every Saturday and Sunday at 1pm and 3pm.

MSU Broad Summer Art Camp 2017
Bring your imagination and creativity to art camp this summer at the MSU Broad! At summer art camp, young artists will experiment, research, tinker and test, imagine, wonder, design, and build. Click here for more information + registration.

August

Thursday, August 3, 7pm
Reflections of Ourselves: Mirrors in Contemporary Art
Join Dr. Cristina Albu as she discusses contemporary art’s use of mirrors to encourage active participation and interpersonal awareness. This presentation will trace the growing integration of reflective media in art starting with the 1960s and incorporate works from our current exhibition, The Transported Man. Dr. Albu teaches contemporary art and theory at the University of Missouri. Her recently published book is titled, Mirror Affect: Seeing Self, Observing Others in Contemporary Art. This event is part one of Before Your Very Eyes, a three-part series running throughout August that explores the role you play as viewers in completing an artwork.

Saturday, August 5, 11am–3pm
Family Day: Reflection
Is your art a mirror image of you? Explore the many ways art can reflect the world around it! Family Day is always FREE and open the public. Presented by Farm Bureau Insurance.

Saturday, August 5, 1pm
FIND US at Lansing JazzFest
Old Town (Lansing)
How do you use your imagination? Artists use theirs to transform the world around them. Visit our THIS-IS-NOT-THAT booth at the Lansing JazzFest to make something ordinary truly extraordinary. 

Sunday, August 6, 3pm
Coffee and the Collection: Transported 
The Collection Gallery (lower level)
Join MSU Broad Assistant Curator Steven L. Bridges for a tour of the inaugural exhibition in the newly anointed Collection Gallery, The Transported Collection, on its closing day. Enjoy some of the cherished artwork from our permanent collection in a whole new light, while learning more about the curatorial decisions behind the exhibition. Following the gallery walk-through, join Bridges for coffee and conversation in the museum’s cafe.

Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13, 12pm
FIND US at Great Lakes Folk Festival
Downtown East Lansing
Find our table at the Great Lakes Folk Festival to get information on upcoming exhibitions, events, and programs! While you’re there receive some cool, free stuff.

Saturday, August 12, 5–7pm
Field Station: Daniel G. Baird Opening
For his first solo museum exhibition, Daniel G. Baird invites us to contemplate the different mythologies that shape our cultures and everyday lives—past, present, and future. Referencing archaeological practices and display strategies, Baird presents objects that evoke a sense of wonder and timelessness. Join us on Saturday, Aug. 12, from 5–7pm for the opening of the exhibition to meet the artist.

Thursday, August 17, 7pm
Altered Tour: Hedwig and the Acrobatic Elephant
Get a behind the scenes look at building the full size replica of an African Elephant for artist Daniel Firman’s recent work, Loxodonta (2017), currently on view in The Transported Man. Join Hedwig Snoeckx as she walks us through the amazing process of creating these hyper-real reconstructions of some of the largest animals on the planet. Snoeckx is co-director of the Belgian company Zephyr where replicas of hominids and other animals are made to serve educational purposes around the world.

Friday, August 18 and Saturday, August 19, 6:30pm 
Renegade at the MSU Broad: Soapbox Speeches and Visions For The End Of The World
The MSU Broad is proud to be a venue in this year’s Renegade Theatre Festival with a two-night performance of works by Scott Crandall and Tom Helma. Join us at 6:30pm in the courtyard for Helma's Soapbox Speeches, a series of famous speeches with actors portraying such notables as Sojourner Truth, Golda Meir, and Robert Kennedy. Then inside at 7pm, Crandall's Visions For The End Of The World takes us through the apocalyptic visions of a shipwrecked prophet. Using poetry, energetic dance, religious ecstasy, sea shanties, a boombox, and a bird, Visions takes its viewers to the point of no return.

Saturday, August 19, 10am
FIND US at Art Feast
Old Town (Lansing)
How do you use your imagination? Artists use theirs to transform the world around them. Visit our THIS-IS-NOT-THAT booth at Art Feast to make something ordinary truly extraordinary.

Sunday, August 20, 4–5pm
What We Bring: Improv with Everyday Objects
Join us for a fun afternoon of improv mayhem featuring local members of the performing arts community. Audience members are encouraged to contribute to the fun with a personal item brought from home. By bringing an object, you’ll be providing the inspiration these performers need to make us laugh and think. From the everyday to the precious (maybe not too precious), what stories do the objects around us tell? While you’re here, explore The Transported Man to discover the many ways artists have transformed common objects. This event is part two of Before Your Very Eyes, a three-part series running throughout August that explores the role you play as viewers in completing an artwork.

Friday, August 25, 6pm
This is Not a Tour: The Transported Man
Take an unconventional look at our newest exhibition, The Transported Man. Discover how ordinary objects are transformed into works of art through this offbeat, interactive tour. WARNING: This tour may contain strong language and random acts of weirdness. Participant discretion is advised.

Saturday, August 26, 12:30pm
Acoustic Lunch: Mark Dvorak 
Bring your lunch to the crossroads of American roots music with Mark Dvorak. Mark’s thirty year career as a touring musician, educator, and community builder have cemented him as an essential figure and masterful musician in the Chicago, folk music scene. The Acoustic Lunch series is offered in collaboration with Pump House Concerts.

Saturday, August 26, 5–7pm
In Our Hands: Games for Art Nerds
Start your Saturday night with a mad-libs style self-guided tour through The Transported Man. Compete in head-to-head memory games, snap selfies with Marcel Duchamp, conjure vanishing art, and strike artsy poses with our one-of-a-kind “statue karaoke.” Through these challenging and fun interactives we’ll get to “play” with the art and explore our critical role as the viewer. This event is part three of Before Your Very Eyes, a three-part series running throughout August that explores the role you play as viewers in completing an artwork.

Sunday, August 27, 6pm
Yoga at the MSU Broad – SOLD OUT
Stretch your mind, body, and spirit in the sculpture garden this summer at the MSU Broad! This month MSU yoga instructor, Chris Martindale, guides us through a session to leave you revitalized for the week ahead. Chris teaches yoga at Michigan State University with the Recreational Sports and Fitness Services department. Please bring your own mat.

Tuesday, August 29 and Wednesday, August 30, 2pm
MSU Broad celebrates Welcome Week
Welcome back students! We’ve missed you. Do you wanna hang out? We made this really cool screen-printing cart we’d like to show you. Come check it out. You can make a custom designed tote bag to carry around campus.

Wednesday, August 30, 7pm
A Talk with Artists Robin Meier and André Gwerder
MSU Natural Science Bldg, Room 116
Discover how two artists are creating a symbiosis between the living and the artificial. Join Robin Meier and André Gwerder as they talk crickets and fireflies in their recent installation, Synchronicity (East Lansing) (2017), at the MSU Broad. As a part of the exhibition, The Transported Man, Synchronicity (East Lansing) is an installation exploring self-organization and naturally occurring synchrony inside an artificial biosphere with live insects, lights, and sound.

September

Saturday, September 2, 11am–3pm
Family Day: Invention
Do you have an innovative idea? Join us as we imagine and build amazing inventions! Family Day is always FREE and open the public. Presented by Farm Bureau Insurance.

Sunday, September 10, 5–7pm
Being Invisible: An Interactive Gallery Spectacular
Find new fun on a Sunday evening with this interactive experience through The Transported Man. Discover what sound looks like, experiment with electromagnetic fields, and conjure movie magic with our special FX green screen! Through these and other fun interactive stations we’ll get to “play” with the art and take a closer look at the invisible. This event is part one of Seeing What Isn’t There, a three-part series running throughout September that investigates the many ways artists invoke the invisible, the unseen, and the hidden.

Wednesday, September 13, 1pm
Bookworms at the Broad: Invisibility
Bring your eyes, ears, and imaginations to the MSU Broad for story time and creative fun inspired by this month's theme, Invisibility! Bookworms is a collaboration with the East Lansing Public Library. Recommended for ages 2–5.

Friday, September 15, 6pm
This is Not a Tour: The Transported Man
Take an unconventional look at our newest exhibition, The Transported Man. Discover how ordinary objects are transformed into works of art through this offbeat, interactive tour. WARNING: This tour may contain strong language and random acts of weirdness. Participant discretion is advised.

Saturday, September 16, 1pm
FIND US at Michigan Blues Festival
Old Town (Lansing)
How do you use your imagination? Artists use theirs to transform the world around them. Visit our THIS-IS-NOT-THAT booth at the Michigan Blues Festival to make something ordinary truly extraordinary.

Sunday, September 17, 11am
Broad Wellness: Creative Self-Care
Free with registration
Transform everyday stress into well-being by moving with beauty at the MSU Broad. The Creative Self-Care experience is instructed by Heather Vaughan-Southard and uses pilates therapy and somatic dance to create a grounding sense in one’s body and offer tools for authentic expression through movement. Bodies and movers of all kinds and levels encouraged.

Sunday, September 17, 4–5pm
Vanishing Theater: A Performance of the Imagination
Give yourself up to a night of magic and irrational visions with this experimental theater production. Based on the life and work of French poet, actor, and dramatist, Antonin Artaud, local performers will toy with our notion of what we think we see, and what is imagined. This event is part two of Seeing What Isn’t There, a three-part series running throughout September that investigates the many ways artists invoke the invisible, the unseen, and the hidden. 

Thursday, September 21, 7pm
Conversation with Daniel G. Baird
What do a thirty-million-year-old fossilized tortoise shell, cave wall fragments, and 3D-printed hardware all have in common? Join us for a lively conversation to unravel past and present mythologies that shape culture and our everyday lives with artist Daniel G. Baird, the new Director of the MSU Museum Mark Auslander, and MSU Broad Assistant Curator Steven L. Bridges. While you’re here, be sure to check out our most recent Field Station installment of Baird’s work, on view through October 1.

Sunday, September 24, 12:30pm
Acoustic Lunch: Nathan Bell
Bring your lunch to the crossroads of American roots music with Nathan Bell. Musically restless, Bell tells the story of an American working class. His concise narratives come wrapped in an elegant yet down-home production of poetry and song. The Acoustic Lunch series is offered in collaboration with Pump House Concerts.

Tuesday, September 26, 9am–7pm
Drawing Marathon
The MSU Broad and MSU Department of Art, Art History, and Design enthusiastically announce their annual Drawing Marathon! This non-stop drawing extravaganza features multiple drawing stations, guided and collaborative drawing, costumed models and live, performance-inspired drawing prompts.

Thursday, September 28, 7pm
Art is a Black Hole: Talking about Dada, Duchamp, and Beyond
Join MSU Assistant Professor of Art History, Tessa Paneth-Pollak, to explore the ways artists rely on viewers to “fill in the blanks”. This talk will look at the cardboard reliefs of Dada artist Hans Arp in connection with works by Duchamp, Manzoni, Gober, and others from our current exhibition, The Transported Man. This event is part three of Seeing What Isn’t There, a three-part series running throughout September that investigates the many ways artists invoke the invisible, the unseen, and the hidden.

Friday, September 29, 8pm
Broad Underground Film Series: Méliès, Magic, and the Avant-Garde
Join us outdoors for the Broad Underground season premiere featuring the work of French illusionist and film director, Georges Méliès. This screening pairs his films of the early 1900s with later incarnations of trick effects in modern, experimental, and avant-garde cinema. Live musical accompaniment provided by the MSU College of Music faculty.