Broad Art Museum

Zaha Hadid photo
Giovanna Silva / Courtesy Broad Art Museum

The woman who designed Michigan State University’s Broad Art Museum has died. Dame Zaha Hadid had been hospitalized for bronchitis in Miami this week; she suffered a heart attack that claimed her life this morning.

She was 65.

Her angular design has been controversial, winning the praise of admirers while also being scorned by others who feel it doesn’t fit in with the university’s surroundings.

Hadid’s projects around the world have included the London Aquatics Center for the 2012 Olympics and the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati.

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Courtesy photo / Tayeba Begum Lipi

The Broad Art Museum opens a new exhibition called “The Artist as Activist” this week. Scott Pohl talks with the two Bangladeshi artists behind the show.


Graham Beal photo
Courtesy photo / Broad Art Museum

Graham Beal ushered the Detroit Institute of Arts through that city’s bankruptcy. Now a visiting Hannah Distinguished Professor at MSU, Beal is helping the university search for a new director of the Broad Art Museum. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Beal about what lies ahead for the university’s landmark art museum.


The Art of Brewing series at MSU's Broad Art Museum is wrapping up with a session on coffee. Current State's Peter Whorf talks with Cara Nader of Strange Matter Coffee Company.


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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