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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.

Broad POP Studio: Summer Edition 2017
Summer’s here and we're hitting the streets. We’ll be traversing the Greater Lansing landscape with our custom-built, screen-printing cart, searching for creative minds and committing random acts of art. Keep your eyes peeled. Locations will be announced on Twitter (@msubroad).

Before Your Very Eyes Mini-Series (August)
From informative talks to costume parties, science experiments to live orchestras, this three-part mini-series has something for everyone. Choose just one or all three of these August events to experience The Transported Man in a whole new light. In this month’s series, Before Your Very Eyes, we’ll explore the role you play as viewers in completing the artwork.

June

Friday, June 2, 12:30pm
Acoustic Lunch: The Springtails
Bring your lunch to the crossroads of American roots music with The Springtails. The Springtails are led by the charming Michigan-based husband-and-wife duo, Andy & Julianna Wilson, performing a variety of songs from vaudeville and swing-era standards as well as more recent numbers. The Acoustic Lunch series is offered in collaboration with Pump House Concerts.

Saturday, June 3, 10am-5pm
Be A Tourist In Your Own Town
Come see what tricks we have up our sleeves at the MSU Broad. Bring your passport and get a stamp! Have fun learning with our all-ages scavenger hunt. Our friendly and knowledgeable docents will be on hand to answer questions. While you’re here, stop by a special edition of Family Day to create artwork inspired by The Transported Man and the art of illusion! Learn more: lansing.org/events/batyot/.

Saturday, June 3, 10am-5pm
Family Day, Illusion, Presented by Farm Bureau Insurance
Do you believe what you see? Join us for a day of illusion and fun, making art and exploring the museum as part of Be A Tourist in Your Own Town. Bring your passport! Family Day is Presented by Farm Bureau Insurance.

Wednesday, June 14, 1pm
Bookworms at the Broad: Motion
Bring your eyes, ears, and imaginations to the MSU Broad for story time and creative fun inspired by this month's theme, motion! Bookworms is a collaboration with the East Lansing Public Library.

Friday, June 16, 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, June 24, 12–3:30pm
Kozmic Picnik & Second Line Parade, East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival
Join us on the lawn for another out-of-this-world musical experience! Unfold your blankets and expand your minds. Our friends at the Kerrytown Concert House have brought us two far-out talents for this year’s event. Internationally renowned percussionist and composer Kahil El Zabar is considered one of the most prolific jazz innovators of his generation, and David Murray, tenor saxophonist, has perfected his unique approach to improvisation. Beyond the music, make sure the whole family visits our activity area to decorate parasols for the Second Line parade immediately following the performances. Kozmic Picnik performance selections were made by Deanna Relyea, Artistic Director of Kerrytown Concert House and Edgefest in Ann Arbor, MI.

Saturday, June 24, 12pm
FIND US at Delta Rocks
How do you use your imagination? Artists use theirs to transform the world around them. Visit our THIS-IS-NOT-THAT booth at the Delta Rocks Family Festival to make something ordinary truly extraordinary.

Saturday, June 24, 3pm
FIND US at the Festival of the Sun
How do you use your imagination? Artists use theirs to transform the world around them. Visit our THIS-IS-NOT-THAT booth at the Festival of the Sun to make something ordinary truly extraordinary.

Sunday, June 25, 6pm
Yoga at the MSU Broad
Free with advanced registration
Stretch your mind, body, and spirit in the sculpture garden this summer at the MSU Broad! This month MSU yoga instructor, Lizzy Paul, guides us through a session to leave you revitalized for the week ahead. Lizzy is a graduate of MSU and a registered yoga instructor with teaching experience in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and here at MSU with Recreational Sports and Fitness Services. Please bring your own mat; free with registration. Join us for more yoga on July 30 and August 27!

Tuesday, June 27, 7pm
MSU Grandparents University: The Transported Evening
Grandparents University participants are invited to join us for a night of art and illusion featuring our current exhibition, The Transported Man. There is something for everyone, including self-guided gallery tours, conversations with docents, and drop-in art making activities. Don’t miss this evening of creative fun! Please note: Participants must be registered with the MSU Alumni Association for this event.

Thursday, June 29, 3:30pm
MSU Alumni University: Behind the Scenes at the MSU Broad
Alumni University participants are invited to join us for a “behind-the-scenes” tour. What do fireflies, mirrors, and forklifts have in common? Come join us as we take a behind-the-scenes tour of The Transported Man with museum staff. Learn about the process of installing a museum exhibition that defies gravity, convention, architectural challenges and more. This unique program includes a guided tour and conversation. Please note: Participants must be registered with the MSU Alumni Association for this event. You can register online here.

July

Saturday, July 1, 11am–3pm
Family Day: Fantasy, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance
Are you a daydreamer? Share the fantastic ideas your mind can create as we embark on a journey into your imagination! Family Day is always free and open the public.

Friday, July 7, 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, July 15, 12pm
FIND US at Old Town Scrapfest
Old Town (Lansing)
One person’s trash is another’s treasure. How do you use your imagination? Artists use theirs to transform the world around them. Visit our THIS-IS-NOT-THAT booth at Old Town Scrapfest to make something ordinary truly extraordinary.

Saturday, July 22, 12:30pm
Acoustic Lunch: Danika & The Jeb
Bring your lunch to the crossroads of American roots music with Danika Holmes and Jeb Hart. This Nashville duo combines Jeb’s clean and sophisticated style of playing with Danika’s smooth, soulful vocals to create their own unique blend of acoustic pop. The Acoustic Lunch series is offered in collaboration with Pump House Concerts.

Sunday, July 30, 6pm
Yoga at the MSU Broad
Free with advanced registration
Stretch your mind, body, and spirit in the sculpture garden this summer at the MSU Broad! This month MSU yoga instructor, Lizzy Paul, guides us through a session to leave you revitalized for the week ahead. Lizzy is a graduate of MSU and a registered yoga instructor with teaching experience in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and here at MSU with Recreational Sports and Fitness Services. Please bring your own mat; free with registration. Join us for more yoga on August 27!

August

Thursday, August 3, 7pm
Before Your Very Eyes, part 1: Reflections of Ourselves
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.

Saturday, August 5, 11am–3pm
Family Day: Reflection
First Saturday means Family Day at the MSU Broad! 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.

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. 

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 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. 

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
Before Your Very Eyes, part 2: In Our Hands
Expect the unexpected 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.

Sunday, August 27, 4–5pm
Before Your Very Eyes, part 3: What We Bring
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.

Sunday, August 27, 6pm
Yoga at the MSU Broad
Free with advance registration
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; free with registration. Click here to register.

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.