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Wednesday, November 7,2012

The Big Stretch

MSU’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, from gift to groundbreaking

by Lawrence Cosentino
A painting class was in full swing at the Michigan State University art building on Sept. 15, 2004, when a white-haired, 71-year-old man poked his head in the doorway.
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Wednesday, November 7,2012

Donor Profiles

by Lawrence Cosentino
Donor Profile: Louise McCagg Redemption through art Sculptor Louise McCagg has a personal reason for donating to the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. “We have our experience with the Michael Heizer piece,” she said. McCagg lives and works in New York, but she gra...
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Wednesday, November 7,2012

'Avoid right angles'

Zaha Hadid reforms space

by Lawrence Cosentino
When Zaha Hadid came to East Lansing for the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum groundbreaking on March 16, 2010, she shared a few of her early enthusiasms.
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Wednesday, November 7,2012

Contact Buzz

Eli Broad's 'unreasonable' road from builder to philanthropist

by Lawrence Cosentino
Like many wealthy captains of finance, Eli Broad (pronounced "Brode") likes to get a contact buzz of creativity from free-spirit artists.
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Wednesday, November 7,2012

Perfection on the Diagonal

Broad Museum's builders left comfort zones behind

by Lawrence Cosentino
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."
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Wednesday, November 7,2012

Going Global, Folding Time

A sampler from the opening exhibition at the Eli and Edythe broad art museum

by Lawrence Cosentino
"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.
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Wednesday, November 7,2012

Staff Profiles

by Lawrence Cosentino
Broad ART Museum Director Michael Rush, Performance curator Dan Hirsch, Broad Museum curator Alison Gass and Deputy Director Min Jung Kim.
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Wednesday, November 7,2012

Forever Young

Veteran docents take the plunge into contemporary art

by Lawrence Cosentino
If you're not sure how to engage with contemporary art at the Broad Museum, find your inner child. An outer one is even better.
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Wednesday, November 7,2012

'The Stuff of Life'

Art at the Broad Museum will question everything, including the Broad Museum

by Lawrence Cosentino
Anyone who walks into the Eli and Edythe Broad Museum expecting to see a sterile array of pricey, incomprehensible status objects is in for a surprise.
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Wednesday, November 7,2012

For now, the 'Broad Effect' is still in the crate

by Lawrence Cosentino
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.
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