Staff profiles: Alison Gass
Alison Gass is the curator of contemporary art for the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University.
In this role, Gass works as a content creator. She creates programming and exhibitions for the museum and is involved with everything from choosing which pieces to feature to making wall labels.
Gass is behind the Broad’s latest program, The Land Grant. This program is an ongoing residency program that will invite artists who work with food and agriculture, and are focused on issues like sustainability and ethical production to come to the Broad. The artists will work with different departments on campus – agriculture to planning and design – to create projects centered around the use of land.
"Given the fact that we are this major contemporary are center, but at a school with such a strong agricultural history, I really feel that the Broad is in a position to be a great leader in this field of new land art," Gass said.
Land art is not traditionally thought of as contemporary art, but many artists are working with farming and food and pushing the boundaries of what is defined as art, Gass said.