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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.

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. Special thanks to the Lansing Public Media Center.

October

Friday, October 6, 6–8pm
Field Station: Duane Linklater Opening Reception and Artist Conversation
Meet the artist at the opening reception of Field Station: Duane Linklater. At 7pm, Assistant Curator Carla Acevedo-Yates will lead a conversation with Linklater. An Omaskêko Cree artist from Moose Cree First Nation, Linklater will present an installation of new and recent work that addresses issues of cultural loss and recovery of indigenous language, culture, and history.

Saturday, October 7, 11am–3pm 
Family Day: Disguise
First Saturday means Family Day at the MSU Broad! This month we’re proud to be a part of Lansing Maker Week 2017. Play with us as we create silly, spooky, and surprising disguises! Family Day is always free and open to the public. Presented by Farm Bureau Insurance.

Sunday, October 8, 5–6pm
New in Student Performance: Santiago Laserna
Santiago is a Spartan hailing from Bolivia where he was awarded two RockandBol Awards including Best Debut Album in 2011, and Best Rock Song in 2013. His hit single Never Let Me Go, currently boasts over 78,000 hits on YouTube and was the number one single in Bolivia on various charts. This monthly series features MSU students as they develop and showcase their creative talents.

Wednesday, October 11, 1–2pm
Bookworms at the Broad: Mystery
Bring your eyes, ears, and imaginations to the MSU Broad for story time and creative fun inspired by this month's theme, mystery! Bookworms is a collaboration with the East Lansing Public Library. Recommended for ages 2–5.

Saturday, October 14, 12:30pm
Acoustic Lunch: Chris Buhalis and Dave Boutette
Bring your lunch to the crossroads of American roots music with Dave Boutette and Chris Buhalis. Blending schools of American roots and popular music, Dave’s songs testify to the power of true love, rebirth, snowplows, and migrating fish. Chris is a singer and songwriter from Detroit, MI, whose country folk leanings are simple and direct. The Acoustic Lunch series is offered in collaboration with Pump House Concerts.

Sunday, October 15, 5–7pm
Everyday Magic: Games for Art Nerds
Find new fun on a Sunday evening with this interactive experience of The Transported Man. Sift through stacks of ordinary objects to use in your own audio recording, photograph, writing, or sculpture.

Friday, October 20, 7pm
Broad Underground Film Series: In the Hinterlands of Detroit
The Robin Theatre (REO Town)
Join Detroit-based filmmaker Julia Yezbick for a screening of three short films, featuring Into the Hinterlands, an experimental documentary about the Hinterlands, a Detroit-based performance ensemble whose physical practice reaches through and beyond the body towards the ecstatic unknown. Broad Underground is an ongoing collaboration between the MSU Broad, Film Studies program, and Department of English at MSU. This year’s partnering venue is The Robin Theatre in REO Town, Lansing. Stay tuned for information on our season finale at Abrams Planetarium! Special thanks to the Lansing Public Media Center.

Monday, October 30, 5–8pm
ArachnoBROADia
Join us for a night of frightening fun for all ages as the MSU Broad celebrates East Lansing’s Great Pumpkin Walk! Try your hand at some ghoulish games, make halloween-themed crafts, and learn more about your favorite creepy crawly creatures with our friends from the MSU Bug House!

Sunday, October 29, 11am
Broad Wellness: Creative Self-Care
Free with online 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.