Art

Lights 'Under The Bridge' Officially Up

Jun 28, 2017
Girl under light
Skyler Ashley / WKAR-MSU

There was a lot of anticipation Tuesday night as the community gathered to watch the official lighting of the lights 'under the bridge' - the corridor of Michigan Avenue beneath the U.S. 127 overpass on the Lansing/East Lansing border.

man with mural
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

What was once a dark highway overpass will soon be awash in colorful light.

On Tuesday night, civic leaders will formally turn on the lights at the U.S. 127 bridge over Michigan Avenue.  That’s the spot many people in mid-Michigan view as a symbolic gateway linking Lansing and East Lansing.

 

Rod Sanford / Refuge Lansing

The city of Lansing is a destination for many refugees looking to start their lives in the United States. The Refugee Development Center in Lansing estimates that anywhere between 400 and 700 refugees are resettled in Lansing every year. That’s on top of the over 10,000 refugees who already call Mid-Michigan their home.


Jamie Paisley

For the past couple weeks, most of MSU’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum has been shut down. They’ve been preparing to open a new display which has taken over all of the main galleries. WKAR's Jamie Paisley spoke with some of the minds behind this exhibit called “The Transported Man.”


Jamie Paisley

Only 6 states in the U.S. do not have a Poet Laureate, and Michigan is one of them.
After attempting to make that happen a few years ago, a group of mid-Michigan organizations have shifted to a smaller scale.


Students at the Broad Art Museum
Courtesy photo / Broad Art Museum

MSU’s Broad Art Museum is hosting an exhibition called “Beyond Streaming: A Sound Mural for Flint” through April 23rd. The project unites Chicago artist Jan Tichy with students from Flint Carmen-Ainsworth and Lansing Everett high schools to explore the Flint water crisis together. WKAR’s Scott Pohl has the story.

Spartan Agate photo
Courtesy photo

Have you thought about what to buy the jewelry-lover in your life this holiday season? Consider the lovely Spartan Agate, a man-made “gemstone” made from the thick layers of paint applied over many decades to The Rock on MSU’s campus. We talk to the jeweler who makes them to find out how she does it.


Lansing Art Gallery holiday display photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

We talk with Barb Whitney of the Lansing Art Gallery about making works by local artists available during the holiday shopping season.


Reports to an Academy photo
Courtesy photo / Ailbhe Ni Bhriain and Domobaal Gallery, London

The Broad Art Museum brings a forward-thinking display to its halls this weekend. We learn from the Broad’s Caitlín Doherty and a couple of the visiting artists how their art helps envision Ireland a hundred years from now in the exhibit “2116: Forecast of the Next Century.”


'Invasive Species' photo
Courtesy photo / Shiny Seed

Michigan artists Casey Dixon and Gene Foulk, under the name Shiny Seed, are finalists in the three-dimensional category of the public Grand Rapids Art Prize vote finals and will learn their fate this weekend. Their work is called “Invasive Species.”


MSU turns felled campus trees into furniture, art

Sep 28, 2016
MSU Shadows furniture photo
Courtesy photo

“MSU Shadows” isn’t just the alma mater of the mighty Green and White. It’s also a Michigan State University program that turns downed trees into beautiful and functional works of art. We learn more from Current State contributor Kirk Heinze.


Keys to Creativity album art exhibit photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Album covers used to get almost as much attention as the music inside. The Keys to Creativity gallery in the Lansing Mall marks the “Golden Age of Album Art” from 1967 to ‘83 with an exhibit through October 6th. Current State’s Scott Pohl has a look.


Olayami Dabls' MBAD African Bead Museum photo
Marissa Gawel

The Dabl’s MBAD African Bead Museum is a Detroit institution. After 16 years in operation, it’s about to go through some expansion and renovation. Current State's Katie Cook visits founder Olayami Dabls.


Hal Gould photo of Willie Dixon
Courtesy photo / Hal Gould/MICA Gallery

"Seeing Rectangular" is an exhibit at the MICA Gallery in Old Town opening this weekend. It explores the durability of non-digital images by photographer and journalist Hal Gould.


Geng Xue, Mr. Sea, 2014 photo
Courtesy photo / Geng Xue and Klein Sun Gallery, New York

After the United States, China has the second largest art market in the world. A new exhibit at MSU’s Broad Art Museum explores how Chinese women have navigated the contemporary art explosion in their homeland. We speak with Dr. Wang Chunchen, curator of the new Broad exhibit, “Fire Within.”


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