Minds of Modernism – Exhibit Opening @ Michigan Historical Museum
Oct 8 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Minds of Modernism - Exhibit Opening @ Michigan Historical Museum | Lansing | Michigan | United States

“Minds of Modernism: Michigan and Mid-Century Design” highlights the national impact of Michigan designers adopting and spreading mid-century modern concepts. The exhibition is a collaboration between Susan J. Bandes, the Archives of Michigan, and the State Historic Preservation Office as well as the Michigan History Center and the Michigan History Foundation. Susan’s contribution on mid-Michigan modern residences draws from her just-published book, “Mid-Michigan Modern: From Frank Lloyd Wright to Googie,” published by the MSU Press.

Exhibition dates at the Michigan History Museum, Lansing, are October 8, 2016-April 9, 2017.
Exhibition opening, Saturday, October 8, 2-4pm with curator tours.

DOCOMOMO-Michigan, A Date with Modernism @ Michigan Historical Museum
Oct 22 @ 10:30 am
DOCOMOMO-Michigan, A Date with Modernism @ Michigan Historical Museum | Lansing | Michigan | United States

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM: tour Minds of Modernism exhibition at the Michigan Historical Museum (museum entrance fee $6/$4 senior)

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: DOCOMOMO annual meeting

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM: Okemos House Tour: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Goetsch Winckler House and Keck and Keck’s Panshin House.  $15 DOCOMOMO members, $20 public. Register at


Image Credit: Copyright Kim Kauffman

Curator-led Tour: Minds of Modernism Exhibition @ Michigan Historical Museum
Dec 4 @ 1:30 pm
Curator-led Tour: Minds of Modernism Exhibition @ Michigan Historical Museum | Lansing | Michigan | United States

Sponsored by the Lansing Historical Society

“(Re) Dress: Outfitting Controversy” Exhibit Opening @ MSU Union Gallery, 2nd Floor
Apr 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
"(Re) Dress: Outfitting Controversy" Exhibit Opening @ MSU Union Gallery, 2nd Floor | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Students in Susan Bandes’s Curatorial Practices course have organized the exhibition (Re) Dress: Outfitting Controversy. It will be on view from April 21-April 28, 2017 in the MSU Union Gallery, 2nd Floor on the MSU campus. Opening hours are Monday- Thursday, noon-5 p.m; Friday, noon- 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The opening reception is on April 21, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

The exhibition explores a variety of ways in which dress defines and gives identify to a person or group of people across the globe. It features attire and images of dress from the Broad Art Museum and the MSU Museum collections dating from the late 19th century to the present day and from a variety of cultures. They are used to explore how dress can form identity wheter it is chosen or imposed and how it affects changing perceptions of the wearer. From hats to shoes, star-spangled and striped hippie jeans to a WWI uniform, the exhibition explores dress as implied or explicit controversy.

The 25 curators of this exhibition come from diverse backgrounds and span a variety of majors including art, art history, anthropology, history, media information and advertising. From these different perspectives, they came together to think about the theme in new ways.

Creative Collaboration Arts Festival @ Wharton Center for Performing Arts Courtyard
Sep 17 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This event is designed to bring creative minds together and introduce the resources that the arts community at MSU has to offer. This year, Creative Collaboration will take the form of an arts festival! We are introducing student artist galleries, art activities, interactive booths, live performances and the chance to meet other students like you. With over 20 student creative organizations present, this event gives MSU students the chance to get involved and make a difference.

Every student at Michigan State University is aware of how big this school is. With over 600 student groups, it can be more than a little confusing and overwhelming to try and get involved or explore your interests when there’s so much information thrown at you on a daily basis, especially during Welcome Week. That’s why we created the MSU Arts Council and CREATIVE COLLABORATION. Now in its fourth year, CREATIVE COLLABORATION was formed under the idea of creating an arts-specific resource fair for new and returning students interested in pursuing creative endeavors and getting involved with the arts here at MSU, as well as creating a strong and collaborative arts community where groups can work together to create amazing events and establish long-term partnerships. Different groups from dance, visual arts, music, theatre, culture, and other art forms set up informational booths that showcase their work, activities, and events, meant to increase awareness and recruit new members. During the event, there are also numerous giveaways and awesome performances from the groups and fellow students. Whether you are looking for a networking opportunity, to improve your artistic skill set, or just for a creative outlet, CREATIVE COLLABORATION brings in groups that offer unique ways to engage with the arts and with MSU. Come out and join us, enjoy some live entertainment, meet new friends, and be a part of this amazing arts community. We hope to see you there!

Kelly Akashi Mutant Salon Talk Hosted by Young Joon Kwak @ Virtual on Zoom
Feb 24 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Kelly Akashi Mutant Salon Talk Hosted by Young Joon Kwak @ Virtual on Zoom

Kelly Akashi | February 24 | Virtual on Zoom | 4 PM EST

This event does not require pre-registration, if you are interested in joining our zoom webinar, please do so using the link and password below. pw: mutants

Material tactility, its possibilities, limitations, and transformation form the core of Kelly Akashi’s practice. Originally trained in analog photography, traditional processes and the materiality of documents continue to inform and fuel her sculptural explorations. Working in a variety of media, such as wax, bronze, fire, glass, silicone, copper, and rope, Akashi investigates the capacity and boundaries of these elements and their ability to construct and challenge conventional concepts of form.

Born in 1983 in Los Angeles, Kelly Akashi currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. The artist graduated with a MFA from University of Southern California in 2014. Akashi studied at the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste – Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main and received her BFA at Otis College of Art and Design in 2006.

Currently on view at the Aspen Art Museum is a new commissioned sculpture, Cultivator, which will be on view at the museum’s Crown Commons through March 2021. Winner of the 2019 Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Art Prize the artist had a residency at the foundation in Ojai, California. Other residencies include ARCH Athens, Greece (2019) and at Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA (2019) – both of which concluded with a solo exhibition. Other important solo exhibitions include Long Exposure curated by Ruba Katrib at the SculptureCenter, New York (2017). The artist’s work is currently featured in Ground/work at the Clark Art Institute and Possédé·e·s at MoCo Montpellier Contemporain in France. Other notable group exhibitions include the Hammer Museum’s biennial, Made in L.A. (2016); Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit (2017); LA: A Fiction, Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, France (2017); Take me (I’m Yours), curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Jens Hoffmann, and Kelly Taxter, Jewish Museum, New York (2016); Can’t Reach Me There, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis (2015).

For more information about Kelly Akashi and their work, please visit their website.