Monday, November 11, 2013

East Lansing: Eli and Edythe Broad Museum

One last post from the Michigan trip. Hannah and I drove through East Lansing and visited the Eli and Edythe Broad Museum on the Michigan State University campus upon leaving Detroit. I was intrigued by the presentation of the artwork in Zaha Hadid's angular structure. I have visited her Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati many times and looked most forward to seeing this art space since it opened last year.

References to ships were inevitable when approaching from the outside.

Reflections in the main gallery with the light fading rapidly from daylight savings.

View of the main gallery from above with wall drawings at the extreme left (hard to tell if they were permanent as the signage was not obvious) and two canvases underneath them.

I won't lie - it was odd to look at art presented at these angles. I am glad to see this as an experiment but wonder if it will create problems with future installations.

The windows on the second floor resembled a Dan Flavin sculpture.

Oh yeah... there was artwork too! Here is an installation photograph of Michelle Handelman's Irma Vep, the last breath. We arrived near closing time and I would have spent far more time with this video if it was possible.

The storage space in the basement is visible, enabling the public to see even more of the collection. 

The building was highly worth the visit and here's to hoping that there will be more exhibitions that are not solely drawn from the Broad collection in the future.

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