Before Fall Opening, Broad Art Museum at MSU Plans Pop-Up Kristin Cammermeyer Show

The Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University may not be opening its unreasonable Zaha Hadid building until the fall semester, but that won’t stop it from opening its first exhibition — well, its second if you count the Mike Kelley tribute exhibition — this summer: the solo debut of painter, sculptor, and installation artist Kristin Cammermeyer. The show will be held at a former bar in Lansing’s Old Town neighborhood.

In lieu of the postmodern palace Hadid has designed for Eli Broad, Cammermeyer — who recently graduated from the Cranbrook Academy of Art — will show her work in a vacant space whose previous tenant was a watering hole known as the Chrome Cat. The exhibition, “Kristin Cammermeyer: Resituating,” will run June 21 to July 22.

“As a new museum, we have opportunities to push boundaries,” Michael Rush, founding director of the Broad MSU, said in a statement. “Repurposing an underutilized building into an exhibition space for Kristin Cammermeyer’s work is an example of the kinds of programming we will continue to do.”

The former bar seems a perfect setting for Cammermeyer’s work, which often involves transforming spaces using construction materials, and would probably blend in all too well at the Broad MSU.

— Benjamin Sutton

(Image: Kristin Cammermeyer, “Intersection,” 2011; courtesy the artist.)