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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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Wednesday, November 7,2012

The Art Around The Art

Public sculpture thrives in MSU and East Lansing

by Lawrence Cosentino
Had enough art for a while? Take a break. Step out of the Broad Museum onto the MSU campus, stroll past the ancient trees and ivy-curtained walls, and — uh-oh.
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Wednesday, October 31,2012

Roll call of humanity

Broad Museum project assembles photo mosaic of Lansing faces

by Lawrence Cosentino
The Mona Lisa wouldn't qualify — too smiley. But you might. Michigan State University's Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, set to open Nov. 10, is pre-infiltrating the city again, this time with a project that's part Andy Warhol and part P.T. Barnum.
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Wednesday, October 10,2012

At long last love

Saginaw Street bike lane is a happy ending for area cyclists

by Lawrence Cosentino
Inside every Lansing bicyclist's helmet-covered skull is an invisible map full of hate pins. Here's where a van made a right turn into my left leg (Kalamazoo and South Cedar). That's where a frat boy threw a Slurpee from a car and hit my girlfriend (Grand River Avenue and Harrison Road). Here's where an irate man yelled "Get off the road," jumped out of his car and ran after me. (Michigan and Clemens avenues). Where is the love?
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Wednesday, October 10,2012

Life, death and extra percussion

Lansing Symphony cuts to the heart of Shostakovich's 10th

by Lawrence Cosentino
The anesthetic was plummy with a finish of unconsciousness, the surgeon made the incision with brio, the nurse slipped in the IV with a poignant air, the next day's salmon en croute was surprisingly tasty and I'm not dead. Bravo.
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