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.

Every Saturday and Sunday

Public Tours
1 PM and 3 PM, Broad MSU
Free and open to the public
Free docent-led tours of the Broad MSU are offered every Saturday and Sunday at 1 and 3 PM. During these 45-minute tours, visitors can learn more about current exhibitions and the architecture of the building. Please meet at the Visitor Services Desk five minutes prior to the tour.

March 2015

Sunday, March 1
Chinese-language Tours of Future Returns: Contemporary Art from China
11 AM, Broad MSU
Free and open to the public
Join international students studying at Michigan State University for special student-led tours offered in Chinese of Future Returns: Contemporary Art from China. Click here to learn more about the exhibition.

Sunday, March 1
The Orchid Ensemble in conjunction with the MSU College of Music
2 PM, Broad MSU
Free and open to the public
Established in 1997, the Orchid Ensemble consists of Lan Tung on the erhu/Chinese violin, Yu-Chen Wang on the zheng/Chinese zither, and Jonathan Bernard on percussion. The ensemble blends ancient musical instruments and traditions from China and beyond, creating a beautifully unique new sound. They will offer an informal performance, commenting on both the music and the instruments upon which it is played.

Tuesday, March 3
Future Returns Documentary Film Series: Flood
7 PM, Education Wing
Director: Dong Jun, 2008, 90 min.
Free and open to the public
Addressing the impact of water conservancy and flood prevention programs initiated by the Chinese government, director Dong Jun introduces us to the people living along Weihe River’s southern region. Flood looks closely at the first dam constructed in China 40 years ago and uncovers how the Sanmen Gorge Dam dramatically altered the Weihe River and the livelihood of those living off the surrounding land. Stick around after the screening for a conversation with MSU faculty members engaged in the study of China! Presented in conjunction with Future Returns: Contemporary Art from China.

Saturday, March 7
Family Day
12–4 PM, Education Wing
Free and open to the public
First Saturday means Family Day at the Broad MSU! This month, learn more about artistic practices and processes as we take a closer look at works featured in Tidal Shift: Department of Art, Art History, and Design Faculty Triennial. Together we will explore collage, graphic design, illustration, and ceramics through hands-on making activities. Family Day is presented by Farm Bureau Insurance.

Saturday, March 14
Focus on the Collection
2 PM, Dr. Milton E. and Beth E. Muelder Collectors’ Lobby (Lower Level)
Free and open to the public
In this ongoing series, members of the Broad MSU team select a work from our collection and share what they think is special about it. This month, Assistant Director of Development Shalynn Sapotichne discusses Irene Gayas Jungwirth’s portrait of Martha Taylor.

Wednesday, March 18
The Triumph of the Archive
4 PM, Education Wing
Free and open to the public
Join Toronto-based filmmaker and MSU Artist-in-Resident Mike Hoolboom as he reflects on photography and turning into a camera. Now that everyone has become a photographer, never leaving home without our double-making devices, what exactly are we using these cameras for? How do they help shape the world we live in (Heidegger named it "the world picture," Ridley Scott named it "the off world"). Is it possible to change the world if we don't change the picture first? Or do pictures follow change?

Mike Hoolboom is an award-winning artist, critic, and teacher, having twice received top prizes for short films at the Toronto International Film Festival. Learn more about his lectures and screenings offered at MSU throughout the month of March at filmstudies.cal.msu.edu/hoolboom.

Hoolboom will be at Michigan State University from March 2–20, teaching a class and giving a series of lectures and screenings as part of the Artist in Residence Program, coordinated by the College of Communication Arts and Sciences and the College of Arts and Letters.

Co-sponsored through the Artist in Residence Program by the College of Arts and Letters; College of Communication Arts and Sciences Media and Information Studies and Media Sandbox; Department of English Film Studies; Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures; Department of Art, Art History, and Design; Center for Gender in Global Context; and the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University.

Thursday, March 19
Focus: Pao Houa Her Gallery Talk
6 PM, New Media Gallery (Lower Level)
Minneapolis-based artist Pao Houa Her discusses her photography and video works in an informal gallery conversation with Assistant Curator Yesomi Umolu. The two will discuss Her's exhibition, Focus: Pao Houa Her, which addresses “the desire to belong, the desire to be recognized, and the desire to be desired” within the Hmong American community.

Sunday, March 22
New in Student Production
2 PM, Education Wing
Free and open to the public
This monthly series features MSU students as the Education Wing becomes a laboratory to develop and showcase their creative research.

Tuesday, March 24
Conversations About Making
11:30 AM and 1 PM, Education Wing
Free and open to the public
Conversations About Making brings together teaching artists and designers in the MSU Department of Art, Art History, and Design in conversation with Broad MSU Director of Education Michelle Word to reflect on their creative process, discuss the role art and design plays in a research institution, and reveal their relationship with the history of art and design. Presented in conjunction with Tidal Shift: Department of Art, Art History, and Design Faculty Triennial.

Wednesday, March 25
The Genres: Landscape featuring Trevor Paglen Opening Reception
7 PM, Broad MSU
Free and open to the public
The Genres: Landscape featuring Trevor Paglen includes recent works by the New York-based social scientist, artist, writer, and provocateur presented alongside landscapes culled from the Broad MSU’s historical collection. Paglen’s remarkable photographs and sculptures explore “black ops” activities of the U.S. military and intelligence agencies. Blurring the lines between the intersecting discourses of science, contemporary art, and journalism, his meticulously researched work exposes the ways in which we see and interpret the world. In celebration of the opening, guest curator Alison Gass will offer remarks at 7 PM, followed by a reception. Learn more about the exhibition here.

Friday, March 31
Black Film as Social Activism Series: Free Angela and All Political Prisoners
Film Screening and Conversation with Director Shola Lynch
6:30 PM, Studio C! Meridian Mall
Free and open to the public
Director Shola Lynch’s gripping documentary offers a firsthand account of the events that thrust Angela Davis into the national spotlight in the early 1970s. From a newly-appointed philosophy professor to a fugitive on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List, Davis speaks openly about the fight to keep her job and her freedom after joining the Community Party, protesting with the Black Panthers, and becoming a spokesperson for the prison reform movement. Advance registration strongly recommended here. Screening followed by a conversation with director Shola Lynch; Yesomi Umolu, Assistant Curator, Broad MSU; and Tama Hamilton-Wray, Assistant Professor, Residential College for the Arts and Humanities.

The Black Film as Social Activism series is co-organized and co-sponsored by Michigan State University’s Department of English and Film Studies Program, the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, and the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University.

Additional support is provided by: Creating Inclusive Excellence Funding Program from the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives; Comparative Black History Program, Department of History; Media Sandbox, Department of Media and Information; African Studies Center; Center for Gender in Global Contexts; Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures; College of Law; and James Madison College.