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MSU's Broad Art Museum to open April 21, 2012

Construction at the Broad Art Museum
Photo courtesy of Michigan State University
Construction at the Broad Art Museum

The long-awaited Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University has officially set its opening date: April 21, 2012.

But there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done;  the Zaha Hadid-designed building is still under construction, exhibits still need to be planned, and positions need to be filled.

But Min Jung Kim, the museum's deputy director, is confident it will all be ready for the museum’s grand opening. She says the whole process of creating a museum from scratch is exciting:

"This is a startup museum. This is a new opportunity to, in many ways, build a new model of a contemporary art museum within a university context."

When the museum opens in April, one of the inaugural exhibits will look at global trends in video art. The museum will also feature works from the collection of the museum’s founding donors, Eli and Edythe Broad.

You can see a list of events leading up to the grand opening here.

*Correction - A previous version of this story stated that "you don’t have to wait until the grand opening to get a sneak peek inside because the museum has "an open door policy" where folks can come in, look around and ask questions." Due to safety reasons, the aforementioned "open door policy" is only available once the museum opens on April 21, 2012.


Jennifer is a reporter for Michigan Radio's State of Opportunity project, which looks at kids from low-income families and what it takes to get them ahead. She previously covered arts and culture for the station, and was one of the lead reporters on the award-winning education series Rebuilding Detroit Schools. Prior to working at Michigan Radio, Jennifer lived in New York where she was a producer at WFUV, an NPR station in the Bronx.
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