MSU's Kresge Art Museum - Events 04/12/10 through 04/19/10

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Kresge Art Museum is located on the first floor of the Kresge Art Center at the intersection of Physics & Auditorium Roads on the Michigan State University campus.


Museum hours are Monday through Friday, 10 to 5 p.m., Thursday until 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.


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KRESGE ART MUSEUM EVENTS: 04/12/10 through 04/19/10




Wood into Art

through April 21, 2010

Perspectives Gallery, Kresge Art Museum

Wood is one of the most widely available natural materials in the world. It has been used extensively by almost every culture in artistic production for over 5,000 years. Wood into Art examines the ways in which artists have employed this versatile material from medieval to contemporary times.  It focuses on the relationship between artist and medium in terms of process and materiality, while inviting parallels between geographically diverse regions.  Presented in collaboration with MSU’s Department of Forestry.


MSU Department of Art & Art History Undergraduate Exhibition

through April 25, 2010

Kresge Art Museum

The second of two annual collaborations between the MSU Department of Art & Art History and Kresge Art Museum, this exhibition showcases works of art created by undergraduate students in ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, sculpture, and printmaking courses.  Student Book Store is the awards and exhibit sponsor.


Friends of Kresge Acquisition Highlights

Ongoing throughout 2010

On-line exhibition

Since its founding in 1975, the Friends of Kresge Art Museum has worked closely with KAM directors to provide financial support for acquisitions and educational programming.  To honor Friends, this on-line exhibition features over 35 Friends’ acquisitions.  These works of art span 2,200 years of history and represent a wide variety of media.  Scroll over the timeline to reveal images and descriptions of a Corinthian vase, Renaissance and Baroque paintings, a Rodin sculpture, and contemporary prints, to name a few.  The breadth of art history, diverse cultures and artistic media represented in the exhibition offer excellent teaching and learning opportunities.


Discoveries: Research, Science and Seeing the Collection

Ongoing throughout 2010

On-line Exhibition

Visit this interesting on-line exhibition that reveals secrets behind several objects in the museum collection, uncovered by old-fashioned, gumshoe curatorial investigation.  New insights into works of art in the collection can result from scientific analysis and conservation treatment, careful looking, art historical research, and sometimes by chance.  An object is not always what it seems!


Visit Kresge and past exhibitions on-line at - access the cell phone tours from home.




Student Perspectives – Africa Here and Now: Contemporary Art and Identity

April 24 - May 9, 2010

Perspectives Gallery, Kresge Art Museum





Department of Art & Art History Guest Lecture:  Jules de Balincourt

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

105 South Kedzie Hall, 7 pm

Brooklyn-based painter Jules de Balincourt addresses social concerns in tragicomic terms, connecting the dots between America’s global bravado and its suburban stagnation. Since his first major New York City show in 2003, he has achieved international recognition and is currently represented by the Zach Feuer Gallery.


Creative Kids: Artists as Storytellers  ages 8-11  CANCELLED!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Kresge ArtCenter, 1-3 pm

View objects in the museum’s collections that tell a story or represent a myth.  Be inspired to write a short story and draw a scene using markers, colored pencils or paints.


Creative Kids is an ongoing weekend series of art-making programs for kids who are accompanied by an adult.  These programs provide interactive experiences with visual arts led by the museum’s staff.  After a guided theme tour in the museum, kids respond to their viewing experience with hands-on art making activities.  $3 for museum members; $4 for general public.  Please pre-register and pre-pay by calling Cari Wolfe at 517-884-0653 or register via email at wolfeca1[at]

Visit the Creative Kids page to view the full 2009-2010 program line-up.





Tour: Behind-the-Scenes at MSU’s Collections- MSU Museum Cultural Collections

Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 12:15-12:50 pm

Tour led by Lynne Swanson, Collection Manager, and Dr. Marsha MacDowell, Curator.

Meet in the first floor hallway, next to the elevator, in the MSU Museum's Cultural Collections Research and Resource Center in the MSU Central Services Building.

See samples of collections reflecting the arts and history of cultures both local and global: rare Chinese teapots, Native American baskets, contemporary African crafts, agricultural heritage, Michigan folk arts, ephemera of ethnic stereotypes, MSU historical collections, a world class collection of quilts and textiles, and much, much, much more. Also see storage areas, research labs, and current curation projects involving students, faculty, staff, and community volunteers.


The University Collections Council brings together all collections on the campus including those normally open to the public (museums, archives and libraries) and others that are open by appointment. Collectively they house millions of objects and specimens from fine art to bugs and minerals.



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