Broad Museum at Michigan State University Sets Long-Delayed Opening for November

Today, after many delays — and a digital placeholder — the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University set the opening date for its Zaha Hadid-designed home in East Lansing. Mega-collector Eli Broad‘s new museum will open on November 9, with a pair of group exhibitions, one devoted to contemporary video art and the other exploring the concept of time across works by Andy Warhol, Romare Bearden, Eadweard Muybridge, Damien Hirst, and more.

As part of its opening celebrations, the 46,000-square-foot Broad Art Museum at MSU will launch with a weekend of festivities from November 9-11. Its two inaugural exhibitions, “Global Groove 1973/2012″ — which looks at global trends in video art beginning with Nam June Paik’s video “Global Groove” (1973) — and “In Search of Time” — drawing out themes of time and memory in works by Hirst, Warhol, Muybridge, and more — are both curated by the museum’s founding director Michael Rush.

“With its focus on international contemporary art, we are creating an institution unique among university art museums, and Zaha Hadid’s innovative design is a physical manifestation of our mission,” Rush said in a press release today. “The opening of the new museum will be an important milestone for Michigan State University, and we are eager to move forward with our full spectrum of exhibitions and programs.”

“The new Broad Art Museum is a powerful architectural statement, symbolizing the 21st century dynamic global position of Michigan State University,” MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon said in the press release. “The museum will provide opportunities for students and faculty across disciplines to explore contemporary issues through art and for the university to engage with local, regional, national and international communities.”

Full details of the museum’s opening weekend celebrations will be announced closer to the date.

— Benjamin Sutton

(Photo via Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University on Facebook.)