Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, East Lansing

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The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, is a contemporary art museum at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. It opened on November 10, 2012.HistoryOn June 1, 2007, Michigan State received a $28 million donation from businessman Eli Broad and his wife, Edythe, for the construction of a new art museum, to replace the old Kresge Art Museum in the school's art building. At their June 15 meeting, the MSU Board of Trustees approved the construction of the museum with initial plans to demolish the building then in the proposed location, the Paolucci Building. Michael Rush was named as the founding director in December 2010. Michael Rush passed away from pancreatic cancer on March 27, 2015. Marc-Olivier Wahler was named the director on March 9, 2016.Design competitionFollowing the approval of the museum there were initially 10 semifinalist firms identified from a field of approximately 30 firms. From the list of semifinalists, five architectural firms were selected to submit competition proposals. The proposed building was to include a minimum of 26000sqft of gallery space and would accommodate both permanent and temporary exhibitions. The new facilities would allow MSU’s art museum to offer educational opportunities and programming such as lectures by visiting scholars, curators, artists and faculty; seminars, docent training; and special activities for families and school groups. The five finalists were:Zaha Hadid – LondonCoop Himmelb(l)au – Vienna/Los AngelesMorphosis – Santa MonicaKohn Pedersen Fox Associates, PC – New YorkRandall Stout Architects, Inc. – Los Angeles The selection committee announced on January 15, 2008, that Zaha Hadid had been selected.
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  • In addition it is fairly small and unappealingly set-up. I won't comment on the art exhibited as that is always open for interpretation but simply as a facility this is a bit of a failure.  more »
  • This place pleasantly surprised me. It was a cool experience and the tour was really interesting. Because it’s modern art and very conceptual, you really will have no clue what you’re looking at witho...  more »
  • way out of place on this campus. All the buildings are brick and mortar, this sticks out like the ugly duckling. Even the faculty I have talked to feel it is the ugliest building on campus. Inside it ...  more »
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  • It's usually very sparse and pretentious, as you might expect. The staff was milling about in a rush and was unaware of my presence as I went through the museum, which was a distraction. I went to a show that was largely video-based and almost every headset was either dead or only worked on one side. While contemporary art is "supposed" to trigger reactions in people, I think this is quite a waste a resources.
  • Architecture fans will appreciate the metal clad Zaha Hadid building, with its intriguing interior and exterior design. The art exhibits are sometimes worthwhile (but even if not, it's still fun to view and criticize the art while standing in the dynamic spaces the architect designed), and the museum has many special events for grownups and children. The small coffee shop is a great space for studying or hanging out, in a space full or large windows and odd angles (though very few tables and poor pastry selection). The only real negative element in this museum is the generally indifferent or unfriendly staff compared to other museums. Everytime I go in this building, the guards seem to stare at me as if I were some kind of criminal, and the "help desk" staff often seem as if they do not want to be bothered and often provide unhelpful, curt replies to my questions. However, all in all, a great addition to the MSU campus and Lansing area.
  • Beautiful, small contemporary art museum. Small gift shop and cafe. Really enjoyed the international exhibit from the Middle East. Located in the middle of a busy college campus.
  • I'm not really into art, but we come here once every year because it was the site of our first date. Generally interesting stuff though.
  • Great space on a beautiful campus! Strange and wonderful exhibitions. Free admission.

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