In its galleries, at venues across the MSU campus and in the community, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum will surprise and engage audiences with the best in contemporary performance, live art and educational programs, focusing on emerging voices and international perspectives, events and programs that engage the community. 

April 2014

Friday, April 4—Artist Talk: Emeka Ogboh
7 PM | Education Wing
Free and open to the public
Join us for a conversation between emerging Nigerian artist, Emeka Ogboh and Broad MSU Assistant Curator, Yesomi Umolu. The pair will discuss Ogboh’s work and influences, and reflect on the evolution of digital media practices in Nigeria over the last few decades. Ogboh is known for his ongoing Lagos Soundscapes project—a captivating portrait of the famed mega-city rendered through intricately mixed field recordings. Presented as part of the symposium Digital Media, New Cinemas and the Global South organized by Michigan State University’s College of Arts & Letters and the Humanities Innovation Center, and the University of Michigan.

Emeka Ogboh: Àlà will be on view at the Broad MSU from April 3-6 2014.

Saturday, April 5—Family Day
12–4 PM | Education Wing
Free and open to the public
Make hands–on projects based on pieces from our new Postscript exhibition and the work of Shinique Smith. Take a special family tour at 1 PM, and check–out our iPad scavenger hunt. With live music by Lansing Irish Session from 2–4 PM. Family Day is presented by Farm Bureau Insurance.

Wednesday, April 9—MFA Exhibition Artist Talks
1 PM | Education Wing
Free and open to the public
Hear from Michigan State MFA Students Lena Ellis-Boatman, Bahareh Karamifar, and Peter Lusch as they present their works on view in the 2014 MFA exhibition at the Broad MSU.

Thursday, April 10—MFA Exhibition Artist Talks
1 PM | Education Wing
Free and open to the public
Hear from Michigan State MFA students Jefferson Kielwagen, Wade MacDonald, and Elise Toups as they present their works on view in the MFA exhibition at the Broad MSU. 

Thursday, April 10—East Lansing 2030: Collegeville Re-Envisioned
6:30 PM | Education Wing
Free and open to the public
Join us for the sixth in a series of conversations with guest architects, landscape architects, and urban designers invited by the Broad MSU to envision the future growth of East Lansing. Leading up to the fall 2014 exhibition, East Lansing 2030: Collegeville Re-Envisioned will host a new designer each month to present their work and ideas, and engage in a discussion of themes as they relate to our city. This month’s guest is architect and urban designer Claire Weisz of WXY Architecture + Design.

WXY Architecture + Urban Design is a New York City-based design and planning firm focused on social and environmental transformation of the public realm at multiple scales. The firm’s architectural design embraces place-specific concepts and sustainable design to create new and repurposed buildings, piers and bridges, and urban furnishings and installations. Their planning work engages local communities and high-level constituencies while building on new analytical GIS and data-based technologies, web-enhanced public forums, and economic development concerns. 

Saturday, April 12—Collection Show & Tell
2 PM | Dr. Milton E. and Beth E. Muelder Collectors Lobby (Lower Level)
Free and open to the public
Collection Show & Tell is a monthly series that allows a member of the Broad MSU team to select a work from our collection and share their thoughts on it with visitors.  This month’s installment features a work by renowned Malian portrait photographer Seydou Keïta, chosen by Assistant Curator Yesomi Umolu. Considered by many as the father of African photography, Keïta’s photographs are widely acknowledged not only as an important historical record of Malian society but also as a critical contribution to photography in the 20th century. In the selected photograph, three women pose with a radio in Keïta’s studio. Their elaborately-patterned dresses create an op-art effect against the abstract motif of the printed cloth backdrop which was actually the photographer’s bedcover. The use of the photographer’s personal items as props and backdrops acted as a rough system for dating his works. Join us as Yesomi reveals why Keita’s photograph is her pick for this month’s Collection Show& Tell.

Saturday, April 12—The Master of Fine Arts Exhibition Reception
7 PM | Education Wing
Free and open to the Public
The Broad Art Museum at MSU is getting DefunKt to fete the opening of the 2014 Michigan State University MFA opening. We're going back in time to an era of funk music and we're bringing back some defunct technology, too. Print your very own creations using typewriters and an old timey spirit duplicator. Come celebrate The MFA Exhibition with the featured artists: Lena B. Ellis-Boatman, Peter Lusch, Wade Folger MacDonald, Bahareh Karamifar, Jefferson Kielwagen, and Elise Toups. Snacks and funk music provided.

Friday, April 18—Working America, Unexpected Stories Opening Reception
5–7 PM | Lower Level
In this exhibition of 30 objects from the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum and the MSU Museum, students in Curatorial Practices in the Museum Studies  Program explore social, economic, cultural and  environmental issues related to work in America since the early 20th century. The American dream and the immigrant experience; native traditional craft and objects made for tourists; shop girls from the 1930s and mythic heroes are contrasted to tell stories of the American work force and how it has evolved and changed. Within the exhibition examples of Michigan work are highlighted. This exhibition will be opening during the following hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 1-4 p.m.; Friday: 1-7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 1-4 p.m.

Friday, April 18—Live Readings by the Broad MSU Writing Residents
6–7 PM | Meet at the Information Desk before moving into the galleries
Free and open to the public
The Broad MSU, in partnership with the MSU Department of English and the MSU Department of Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures, is pleased to announce the Broad MSU Writing Residency! This residency features six graduate students who will create monthly public readings that respond to an art work on view at the Broad MSU, while utilizing core themes from the upcoming exhibition, Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art. The live readings will begin at 6 PM, and will take place in the galleries alongside a corresponding work of art. Please note, the location for this program moves throughout the building. Meet at the Information Desk at 6 PM before moving into galleries.

Friday, April 18—Fiction 440: Postscript Edition
7 PM | Education Wing
Registration is required - Click here to register
Fiction 440 is Greater Lansing's flash fiction series. We give writers a prompt, they write the story and present it to the audience! For this special Postscript Edition, all submitted stories must contain some variation of the word “translate” or the word “transcribe,” and must also reference either “art” or a “museum.”  Stories must be complete works of original fiction (no excerpts and no poetry) containing 440 words or less (exclusive of title). Adult writers of all abilities and experience levels are welcome to participate. Fiction 440 is not a contest, and there is no judging. Submissions should be made in Word format to with the title and the author’s name included. 

Sunday, April 20—New in Student Production
2 PM | Broad Art Museum Education Wing
Free and open to the public
MSU student of Journalism and Media and Information, Christina Strong presents her new documentary film, The Expense of Learning. The film takes a hard look at the rising and often untenable cost of education by featuring students interacting honestly and openly with educational professionals and other students.

Wednesday, April 23—Concert: Polygon
7 PM | Education Wing
Free and open to the public
Polygon is a new collaborative concert created by MSU College of Music graduate students, Philip Rice (composer) and Patrick Bonczyk (librettist), produced in conjunction with the Broad MSU exhibition, Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art that explores the artistic possibilities of language. Polygon’s modernist tone investigates the relationship between language, music and visual expression by appropriating texts from ancient and modern mathematicians, theologians, and even an origami master. These texts are deconstructed into morphemes which undergo chance operations to form a sonic design, performed by singers and instrumentalists physically scattered to encourage the sonic possibilities inherent in the angular architecture of the Broad Art Museum.

Friday, April 25—Exhibition Opening: Mithu Sen: Border Unseen
5 PM: Private Member Walkthrough with the Artist, Mithu Sen (limited to 40 people — please RSVP to Sandra Szymanski at
6 PM: Public Talk with the Artist and Curator, Karin Zitzewitz
7 PM: Reception | Free and open to the public
Please join us in celebrating the opening of Mithu Sen: Border Unseen. Indian artist Mithu Sen (b. 1971) rose to prominence over the past decade. She is celebrated for her sensual body-based work, which subverts conventional ideas of gender and sexuality. For her exhibition at the Broad MSU, Sen uses false teeth and dental polymer to create a monumental hanging sculpture that draws an organic line through Zaha Hadid’s prismatic space. The work explores teeth as among the most viscerally meaningful and multivalent parts of the body. Like much of Sen’s work, it is at once deliberately provocative and disarmingly pretty.

Join curator Karin Zitzewitz and Mithu Sen for a lively and wide-ranging conversation about the artist’s work. They will contextualize Sen’s installation for the Broad MSU within her career, which began with her training in painting and has led her into installation, performance, and text. They will also focus on how Sen’s art engages with audiences, exploring the expectation that contemporary art be at once challenging and accessible.

Mithu Sen: Border Unseen is organized by the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU and curated by Karin Zitzewitz, MSU assistant professor of art history and visual culture. Support for this exhibition is provided by the Broad MSU’s general exhibitions fund with additional funding from the Michigan State University India Council and the Dr. Delia Koo Global Faculty Endowment administered by theAsian Studies Center.  

Saturday, April 26—Curator Talk: Ralli Quilts
3 PM | Education Wing
Free and open to the public
Please join us for a talk with the co-curators of the exhibition, Ralli Quilts, featuring Marsha MacDowell, Ph.D., Curator of Folk Arts, MSU Museum and Professor, Department of Art and Art History, Lynne Swanson, Collections Manager for Cultural Collections, Assistant Curator of Folk Arts, MSU Museum and Mary Worrall, Curator of Cultural Heritage and Education Team Co-Manager, MSU Museum. 

About Ralli Quilts: In southern Pakistan and western India, quilts known as ralli (after the local word ralanna, meaning to mix or connect) are made for functional and ritual purposes. They are constructed using patchwork, appliqué, and embroidery techniques, and have colorful designs that reflect motifs found in ancient pottery of the region. They are visual feasts of color and pattern that reveal traces of their makers. In certain locales and cultures, artists have used the characteristic component techniques of quilt making to produce textiles that are strongly associated with their communities. Exuding cultural pride and signifying communal identity, quilts tell histories through their patterning and methods of production. Featuring examples from the MSU Museum’s renowned quilt collection, Ralli Quilts examines the connection between the visual tradition of quilt making and the quilters themselves.