MSU brings museum art to downtown East Lansing
LANSING, Michigan (WILX) – As part of the East Lansing Downtown Development Authority (DDA) “Daytime. Night. At any time. Place Project, Michigan State University’s DDA and Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum (MSU Broad Art Museum) have teamed up to bring the museum experience to downtown East Lansing.
Several reproductions of works of art from the permanent collection of the MSU Broad Art Museum now line the Public Space Activation of the Place Project along Albert Avenue, adjacent to the north side of the Division Street Garage, 181 Division St.
According to former DDA chair Peter Dewan, who was instrumental in founding this partnership, “The collaboration between the City of East Lansing and the MSU Broad Art Museum is one of many art-related initiatives the city has taken to support businesses and attract residents and visitors to the city center when the city emerges from the pandemic. “
The selected works from the permanent collection of the MSU Broad Art Museum range from the mid-19th century to the present day and represent different artistic perspectives. Various reproductions are alternately installed in the art panels of the Division Street parking garage, and when new reproductions are installed, the previous reproductions are removed and moved to other public spaces in the city center.
In addition to the reproductions that can be seen along Albert Avenue, several popular works of art from the community will soon be on display in the museum galleries. On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the museum, the MSU Broad Art Museum plans to open an exhibition with works from the permanent collection in early 2022.
The Place Project is part of DDA’s downtown economic recovery strategy that began in late 2020 and will last through 2021. Piloting a new city program, partnering with local companies and testing tactical urbanism concepts such as pop-up parks and parklets. Although the Place Project was designed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the DDA hopes that the implementation and continuation of the Place Project will lead to long-term, community-driven changes in downtown East Lansing.
The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University (MSU Broad Art Museum) connects people with art through experiences that arouse curiosity and research. The MSU Broad Art Museum promotes the university’s values of quality, inclusion and connectivity with exhibits and programs that involve diverse communities on topics of local relevance and global concern. The museum, which opened on November 10, 2012, was designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid and named in honor of Eli and Edythe Broad, the university’s long-time supporters who provided the main gift.
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