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Broad exhibit blends art and science

The Michigan State University Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, or MSU Broad, introduces a new exhibition, “MATTER(S) matter(s): Bridging Research in the Arts and Science,” which brings together new and recent projects by the artists-in-residence from the BRIDGE program at MSU. It will be on view from Oct. 27 to March 3.

The BRIDGE program is a three-year-long initiative that connects international, cutting-edge artists with faculty, researchers and students across campus. BRIDGE is a collaboration between MSU’s Department of Art, Art History and Design; College of Arts and Letters; Lyman Briggs College; Abrams Planetarium; and the MSU Broad. 

The artists and their collaborators have addressed a wide range of issues and will present these findings through their art in the exhibit. 

To generate awareness regarding the invisibility of the microscopic and the incomprehensibility of the macroscopic, the artists appropriate techno- scientific methods and give special attention to nonhuman entities and perspectives. 

Featured artists include Art Orienté Objet (Marion Laval-Jeantet and Benoît Mangin), Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand, Tagny Duff, HeHe (Helen Evens and Heiko Hansen), Zbigniew Oksiuta, Kuai Shen, Stelarc and Sissel Tolaas. 

A collaborative educational program will accompany the exhibition to further contribute to the cross-disciplinary approaches employed by the exhibiting artists. 

This weekend will feature three events:

  • 1-5 p.m., Friday, BRIDGE: An Art and Science Symposium, MSU Broad Art Lab 
  • 6-8 p.m., Saturday, MATTER(S) matter(s) Exhibition Opening, MSU Broad
  • 1:30-3 p.m., Sunday, The Intersection with Sissel Tolaas, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit 

“MATTER(S) matter(s): Bridging Research in the Arts and Sciences” is co-curated by Steven Bridges, associate curator, and Jens Hauser, guest curator and MSU Distinguished Affiliated Faculty. 

By: Madeline Rosemurgy