Look closely at the vertical fins on the north wall of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum and you'll spot a light fixture with a removable panel. The tiniest departure from perfection, such as an exposed screw, is anathema to the pristine surfaces favored by architect Zaha Hadid, but project architect Kevin Marshall snuck in a few "discreet fasteners."
"I want the opening exhibitions to proclaim the mission of the museum loudly," Broad Museum Director Michael Rush said. That's really two proclamations, as Rush sees it. The first is to go global, with artists from more than 20 countries represented in the opening exhibitions.
In July 2007, weary MSU development officer Mark Terman got into the elevator at the Wharton Center after the all-day competition to pick an architect for the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. He was collared by one of the jurors.
Downtown Lansing already seems to have a little bit of everything: high-end dining, casual dining, Mexican, Middle Eastern, a brewpub — man, you can even get sushi down there now. The market, you'd think, has reached critical mass. But then again, you're not one of the two guys named Paul who still saw something missing.