Radio Made in Michigan
12:28 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

New curator brings international experience to Broad Art Museum

Caitlin Doherty is the new curator of the Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University.
Credit Courtesy Caitlin Doherty

A new curator has begun work at MSU’s Broad Art Museum.  Caitlin Doherty has deep roots in contemporary art, having worked around the world in places as varied as rural Ireland and Doha, Qatar. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Caitlin Doherty about her career, her plans, and the recent death of the Broad’s founding director, Michael Rush. She says the job of a curator is to be a bridge between the artist, their creations, their vision, and potential exhibitions.

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Arts & Culture
11:32 am
Mon March 23, 2015

EL exhibit features Spike Lee movie posters by MSU grad

'Movies and Messages: The Movie Posters of Art Sims' can be seen at the MSU Museum through April 30th.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

When a new movie comes out, one of the crucial marketing elements is the poster. The images, the words, even the fonts can be crucial to the studio’s hopes of getting moviegoers into the theatres. The MSU Museum currently has an exhibition of posters designed by Art Sims, a native Detroiter who has worked extensively with filmmaker Spike Lee on posters for his movies. Along with the posters, you can see books filled with Sims’ earliest visions for each of the projects, and how those ideas evolved into the final product.

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11:49 am
Fri February 27, 2015

“Damned” exhibition eyes new home in Hell (MI)

This sign welcomes visitors to Hell, Michigan.

You’ve probably seen the picture come across your Facebook or other social media at some point this winter. A sign that reads “Hell” with icicles hanging off the bottom. Don’t worry, it’s not a sign of the end times, it’s just pointing you in the direction of Hell, Michigan, a small community northwest of Ann Arbor. While Hell might be frozen over, it’s a hot commodity on the real estate market, and for the price of $999,666, you could own a piece of it. But, you’ll have to beat Anthony DVS to do it.

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Arts & Culture
11:57 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Director previews 51st EL Art Festival

The 51st annual East Lansing Art Festival is Saturday and Sunday.

The East Lansing Art Festival returns this weekend for its 51st run. The two-day event in the city’s downtown core features more than 180 artists and musicians. For many long-time attendees, the East Lansing Art Festival signals the unofficial start of summer.

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Arts & Culture
4:07 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Art fair gives voice to older foster children looking for homes

Michigan has just over 13,000 children in its foster care system.  Most are living in  licensed homes, but many live with relatives who are either licensed or unlicensed to provide care.  Still others are in child caring institutions.

May is National Foster Care Month and as part of that observance, one mid-Michigan agency is sponsoring an exhibition of artwork made by foster care children in search of adoption.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:56 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Project explores self-esteem and beauty through selfies

Catie Bargerstock (left) and Emma McIlhagga demonstrate their selfie taking skills.
Credit Catie Bargerstock

Earlier this year, we spoke briefly with Donna Kaplowitz about the workshop “The Art of the Selfie: How Selfies Create Confidence.” The workshop encouraged young girls to explore their understanding of beauty and boost self esteem through selfies.

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Arts & Culture
12:14 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Neighbors in Action: An update on Art for Charlie

'Where the River Cleaves' by Sam Knecht is the winner of the first annual Spirit of Michigan competition as a part of Art for Charlie Foundation.
Credit Courtesy of

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we have an update on Art for Charlie, the East Lansing-based non-profit that works to improve hospice care for children and bereavement services for families who have lost a child.

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Arts & Culture
12:10 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Local municipalities turn to public art for placemaking

'Meridius Prime' by metalsmith artist Tim Higgins is the latest in a series of public art projects being unveiled in mid-Michigan communities.
Kevin Lavery/WKAR

If you live, work or just drive through Meridian Township, you’ve probably noticed the large metal sculpture in the roundabout at Marsh and Hamilton Roads. The work, entitled “Meridius Prime,” is a 14-foot tall piece commemorating the Michigan Meridian, the north-south baseline by which the state was surveyed in the 19th century. The sculpture is part of a plan to install public art that relays a community’s “sense of place.”  The artwork is a project of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership.

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Arts & Culture
11:26 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Saginaw artist sketches his way to ESPN, Complex

Sean Mack says he was influenced by Marvel comics.
Credit Courtesy of Sean Mack

Artist Sean Mack said he’s been drawing since he was in diapers, and all that practice paid off. His work is now being featured in two popular publications: ESPN’s TrueHoop Blog and Complex’s music site.

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12:42 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

MSU Museum looks at 'Turtles in Trouble'

The exhibit runs through Sept. 21 in the MSU Museum's Art-Science-Creativity Gallery.
Credit Flickr - Alexandra MacKenzie

A new exhibit at the MSU Museum focuses on the plight of turtles around the world. “Turtles in Trouble” is meant to boost awareness of the impact humans have on turtles populations worldwide.

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Arts & Culture
12:36 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

MSU comics forum celebrates breadth of artform

The MSU Library Special Collections is the largest public collection of comics in the world.
Credit Courtesy of MSU Comic Book Forum

Comic lovers from across the state will converge in East Lansing  this week for the annual MSU Comics Forum. This year’s event features an artist alleyway, panel discussions and keynote speaker Stan Sakai.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:18 am
Mon January 20, 2014

E=MC: Teaching science through Hip Hop

Dr. Christopher Emdin


How do you make science fun and approachable for youth? One theory is to use hip hop. The project Science Genius BATTLES (Bring Attention to Transforming Teaching, Learning and Engagement in Science) attempts to do that.

The battles are the brainchild of Dr. Christopher Emdin and Wu Tang Clan member GZA.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:50 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Shooter captures hoops across America

The book also includes stories from top basketball players and coaches. Athletes featured include Lebron James, Pat Summitt and Shaquille O'Neal.
Credit Robin Layton


  A new book of photography explores the pastime of basketball at its most basic level - the hoop. The book  “hoop: the american dream” is filled with pictures of baskets from around the U.S.. The books creator, photographer Robin Layton, captures hoops nailed to trees, beneath highway underpasses, and the childhood baskets of various basketball stars. Current State’s Emanuele Berry spoke with Layton about creating the book.


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Radio Made in Michigan
10:28 am
Sat December 14, 2013

'Medora,' captures small town struggles through basketball

Thursday evening, WKAR’s Community Cinema event will feature a preview of the film “Medora.” The documentary tells the story of a struggling Indiana basketball team.  Emanuele Berry spoke with Davy Rothbart, one of the film's co-producers, and Dylan McSoley, a former Medora High School basketball player who is featured in the film.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:28 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Jackson museum explores American impressionism

MSU Art and Art History assistant professor Laura Smith considers 'On Grand River' by Frank Weston Benson.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Say “impressionist art” and you’re likely to think of the Europeans like Monet, Manet, Renoir, Degas, and Cezanne. But a number of American artists fit in that category, too. In Jackson, the Ella Sharp Museum has opened an exhibition called “American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony”. It’s on loan from the Reading Public Museum in Pennsylvania.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:17 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

New Broad exhibit features work of Lansing-born visionary

Lebbeus Woods, 'San Francisco Project: Inhabiting the Quake, Quake City', 1995.
Credit Courtesy/SFMOMA/Broad Art Museum

The next major exhibition at MSU’s Broad Art Museum features works by a Lansing-born architect. Born in 1940, Lebbeus Woods passed away last year.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:03 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Lansing artist captures MS in portraits

One of Jennifer Reida's images from her project 'A Year of MS'.

Three months ago, Jennifer Reida was diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis or MS. She decided to learn more about her disease by creating art, starting the project “A year of MS.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:39 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Artist Chris Jordan captures immensity of modern woes

Chris Jordan's project "In Katrina's Wake: Portraits of Loss from an Unnatural Disaster" includes this image of the remains of a business in St. Bernard Parish.

Tonight,  the MSU Department of Geography welcomes acclaimed artist and cultural activist Chris Jordan to the Pasant Theatre at Wharton Center. Jordan turns numbers into powerful art.

Radio Made in Michigan
2:14 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Broad Art Museum celebrates first anniversary

Founding director Michael Rush (far left), at the ribbon cutting ceremony to open the Broad Art Museum in 2012.
Credit Flickr - Michigan State University Advancement Events

Michigan State University’s Broad Art Museum is celebrating its first birthday with an event tonight called GLOBAL.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:46 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Shadow puppetry evolves with 'Manual Cinema'

Shadow puppets on the radio? Now that’s something you don’t “hear” everyday, but here at Current State we thought we'd give it a try.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:26 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Hope Gangloff's portraits featured in Broad Art Museum

Alison Gass of the Broad Art Museum says the Gangloff works are kicking off a three-part series of exhibitions tying new works with others from the collection of the former Kresge Art Museum.
Credit Hope Gangloff

The Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University will open four new exhibitions this month, with artist Hope Gangloff launching the first on Friday.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:05 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

The Bard Owls talk new album and folk music

The Bard Owl's new album 'No Tracks' will be released this September.
Credit Emanuele Berry

The loss of folk music in the face of popular music is happening worldwide, yet there are still young musicians who find their way into the genre. The East Lansing based band The Bard Owls is composed mostly of college students and recent graduates. They play old time folk music, as well as original songs. We sat down with the group to discuss their upcoming album “No Tracks.”



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Radio Made in Michigan
1:54 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Sculptures in the Park returns to Lansing

Featuring ten artworks by Michigan artists, "Sculptures in the Park" is a fully interactive experience, complete with a downloadable App where artists like Doug DeLind speak about their individual pieces.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

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The summer public art installation “Sculptures in the Park” has returned to Lansing. Ten artists have installed pieces in Wentworth Park.

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Radio Made in Michigan
9:54 am
Tue May 28, 2013

MSU Museum invites public to build exhibit

The exhibit includes a twitter wall. Tweets using the twitter hash-tag #museumvoice will appear on the wall.
Credit Courtesy of MSU


  The MSU Museum used social media to help build its new exhibit VOICE. The exhibit focuses on the words sing, roar, cry, whisper, persuade, and converse.


Each word has its own display filled with items and selected by the public. WKAR's Emanuele Berry stopped by VOICE to speak with MSU Museum Education Specialist and Assistant Curator of Folk Arts, Mary Worral. 


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Radio Made in Michigan
2:04 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

The 50th anniversary of the East Lansing Art Festival

The MSU Arts and Crafts Show will take place in downtown East Lansing at the same time as the East Lansing Art Festival.
Credit Flickr/Creative Commons

The 50th annual East Lansing Art Festival kicks off this weekend from Saturday, May 18 through Sunday, May 19. Event organizer Corinn Van Wyck joined Current State to discuss all the festival has to offer, and what the 50th anniversary means to the city.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:18 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Film documents sexual assault in the military

The Pentagon report says the number of sexual assault in military has risen significant from 19,000 in 2010 to 26,000 in 2012.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. military is facing a crisis of conscience. This week, the Pentagon released an annual report indicating the rate of rape and sexual assault by and against service members has risen significantly in the past year.  Adding to the scandal is the arrest of the Air Force officer who previously led that branch’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response unit -- who himself was charged with sexual assault.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:29 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Researchers defend the value of art and PE in school

Professor Mitch Robinson said he prefers using the acronym STEAM - science, technology, engineering, art and math, over just STEM.
Credit Flicker

  Recently, the Lansing school district announced that it will cut as many as 87 teachers in an effort to address the district’s budget deficit. Many of the teachers expected to be laid off are certified to teach art, music and physical education to elementary school students. The district says it's not eliminating its arts and physical education programs, but “redesigning” them, using existing teachers and outside programming as  a substitute.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:30 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Notable local architecture subject of ‘East Lansing Modern’

The MSU Museum hosts a new exhibit that features local architecture.

Michigan State University Art and Art History professor Susan Bandes has run a student project this year examining notable architecture in East Lansing. The focus has been on homes and businesses built between 1940 and 1970.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:37 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Summer movie preview: Superheroes and sequels


 The summer movie season is upon us. Soon we will be inspired by the feats of cinematic superheroes, and clutching our seats in fear as we watch the world’s demise. Entertainment reporter and film critic for and The Grand Rapids Press, John Serba, helps Current State's Emanuele Berry sort through the many films of summer.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:05 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

China looks to U.S. for cultural scholarship

Paper-cut, or Jianzhi, is a traditional Chinese art activity in which people use different papers to cut various characters. Putting paper-cuts in red paper has always been a tradition for the Chinese Spring festival. This photo features Nezha, a popular character from a very famous Chinese legend story, Fengshen Yanyi.
Credit Flickr

China’s economic and political growth has been well documented.  However, limited attention has been paid to how rapid development has dramatically impacted the nation's cultural life. Organizations in both China and the U.S. are working together to preserve and share China's "intangible" heritage and build cultural ties.

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