New exhibit at Broad Art Museum showcases Michigan State faculty artwork

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By Shireen Mohyi
Entirely East Lansing

MSU students Madison McLean (back) and Elif Turk exploring the Tidal Shift exhibit at Broad Art Museum.

MSU students Madison McLean (back) and Elif Turk exploring the Tidal Shift exhibit at Broad Art Museum.

The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum is featuring a new exhibit in East Lansing. Tidal Shift: Department of Art, Art History, and Design Faculty Triennial will be open to public between Feb. 20 to March 29. What makes the exhibit especially significant to the museum is that it is made up of the works of 21 Michigan State University studio art and design faculty members.

“We were delighted with a great turnout of over 150 people at the exhibition’s opening on Feb. 20,” said Broad Art Museum graphic designer Madeline Rosemurgy. “By showcasing a diverse group of strong, unique voices from the MSU Department of Art, Art History, and Design, Tidal Shift is an exciting opportunity to view faculty members’ recent work and provides an insight into their studio practice.”

The format of triennial is also a chance for artists to identify trends and new directions in contemporary art. A triennial is an event that occurs every three years, such as having falculty work exclusively shown. By using a triennial, Broad and its contributing artists are provided an artistic insight of what’s going on in the world, according to Rosemurgy.

According to Rosemurgy, Tidal Shift is the first time museum has hosted the Faculty Triennial, and it looks forward to the continuation of this collaboration with the Department of Art, Art History, and Design.

MSU kinesiology major Madison McLean said she was happy to hear Broad decide to exclusively feature Michigan State artists and thinks it represents East Lansing better.

“I come here pretty often because I live right across the street. I enjoy coming here even if it’s the same (exhibits) over and over again. I came here a lot last month but try to make it here once or twice every month. I love it here,” said McLean.

The new exhibit has captured the attention of many art majors at Michigan State, said MSU human biology major Elif Turk, and their high praise persuaded her to check out what the buzz was all about.

“This is my first time here and I’m glad it’s this exhibit that I get to see first. After they filmed some of the Batman movie here, I figured I should probably make my way over to Broad,” said Turk.

The artists being featured in the exhibit are Thomas Berding, Adam W. Brown, Laura Cloud, Chris Corneal, d’Ann de Simone, Benjamin Duke, Teresa Dunn, James E. Fagan, Xia Gao, Peter Glendinning, Alisa Henriquez, Zach Kaiser, Paul Kotula, Joe Kuszai, James L. Lawton, Jae Won Lee, Kelly Salchow MacArthur, Robert A. McCann, Rebecca Tegtmeyer, Ben Van Dyke, and Blake Williams, according to the Broad Museum’s official website.

“Given the Broad MSU’s global agenda, we hope that this exhibition has the potential to reach beyond East Lansing and the Michigan State community in order to extend to a new audience,” said Rosemurgy.


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