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July 13, 2021

Broad Art and city of East Lansing bring museum experience outdoors

In partnership with the East Lansing Downtown Development Authority, or DDA, Michigan State University Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum proudly presents a museum experience outdoors in downtown East Lansing. As part of the “Daytime. Nighttime. Anytime. Place Project,” the museum has provided several reproductions of artwork from the permanent collection.

The Place Project’s public space activation along Albert Avenue, adjacent to the north side of the Division Street Garage, 181 Division Street, is lined with artwork and picnic tables to encourage the public to enjoy art in an outdoor public space.

The works selected range from the mid-1800s to contemporary and represent diverse artistic perspectives. Different sets of reproductions will be installed in the art panels at the Division Street parking garage on a rotating basis and, as new reproductions are installed, the previous reproductions will be removed and relocated to other public spaces throughout the downtown.

In addition to the reproductions on view along Albert Avenue, several community-favorite artworks will be making an appearance in the museum galleries soon. The MSU Broad Art Museum plans to open an exhibition showcasing works from the permanent collection at the start of 2022 in celebration of the museum’s 10-year anniversary.

The Place Project is part of the DDA’s downtown economic recovery strategy that began in late 2020 and will continue throughout 2021. Although the Place Project was conceptualized in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the DDA hopes that the implementation and continuation of the Place Project will result in long-term, community-driven changes in downtown East Lansing.

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