Kresge Art Museum Events: 01/18/10 through 01/25/10

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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.


For additional information, call (517) 353-9834 or visit


KRESGE ART MUSEUM EVENTS: 01/18/10 through 01/25/10


Carl Robert Holty (American, born Germany, 1900-1973) St. George and the Dragon, 1937, watercolor and tempura on paper, 9 ¼ x 7 3/8 inches, Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University, gift of Charles Strieby

Carl Robert Holty (American, born Germany, 1900-1973) St. George and the Dragon, 1937, watercolor and tempura on paper, 9 ¼ x 7 3/8 inches, Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University, gift of Charles Strieby





American Modernism, 1920s-1940s

through March 14, 2010

Kresge Art Museum

From Arthur Dove to Frank Lloyd Wright and Helen Frankenthaler, American styles in the 1920s through the 1940s fluctuated between Surrealism, contemporary European developments, and the beginnings of abstraction.  American artists were in search of a distinctly modern style and sought artistic approaches that were in tune with the changing world.  Interspersed in the over 100 paintings, prints and three-dimensional objects in this exhibition by American artists are pieces by Picasso, Matisse, Dali, Kandinsky, and others, to provide examples of the European influences.  Sponsor: MSU Federal Credit Union.


Friends of Kresge Acquisition Highlights

Ongoing throughout 2010

On-line exhibition

Since its founding in 1975, the Friends of Kresge Art Museum (KAM) 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 scan 2,200 years of history and represent a wide variety of media.  They include 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.




Printmaking   ages 8-13

Saturday, January 16, 2010, 1-3 pm

Kresge ArtCenter

Look at prints in the museum collection, and then make your own cool and colorful prints with styro-foam plates.

$3 Friends of Kresge; $4 general public.  Class size is limited, pre-register and pre-payment required.  Call 517-884-0653 or email [email protected].


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.

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



Behind-the-Scenes at MSU’s Collections

Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 12:15-12:50 pm

MSU Archives & Historical Collections, 101 Conrad Hall

Cynthia Ghering, Director, leads a tour through the MSU Archives, the first in a series of four tours through some of the hidden or less-know collections on campus.  The University Archives & Historical Collections maintains the permanent records of the University and provides management for the University's inactive records.  Areas of collection strength include the physical campus and grounds, early student life, and campus publications.  Materials include written documents, photographs, oral histories, and films.  The archives also contains historical materials not related to MSU including large photograph collections of the surrounding communities of Lansing and East Lansing and historical records and papers relating to agriculture, lumbering, environmentalism in Michigan, and the Civil War.   Website:


WORKSHOP: Read a Poet, Write a Poem

Session 1 · Wednesday, January 20, 2010, 7-9 pm

Session 2 · Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 7-9 pm

Kresge Art Museum

Presenter: Anita Skeen, poet and professor, MSU Residential College in the Arts & Humanities

Pulitzer-prize winner Theodore Roethke (1908-1963) was a well known modernist poet with Michigan connections. Session 1 includes a discussion of Roethke's work, focusing on the "greenhouse poems," influenced by his family's greenhouses in Saginaw where he grew up. Annie Ransford, director of the Theodore Roethke House in that city will speak about his life and legacy. Session 2 begins with In a Dark Time, a short film about Roethke, followed by a poetry writing workshop led by Professor Skeen.

Presented in collaboration with RCAH and the Center for Poetry.  Open to students and community members.  Please call 517-884-0659 to register; space is limited.


GALLERY WALK: American Modernism, 1920s-1940s

Monday, January 25, 2010, noon

Kresge Art Museum





Directed by Ernst Lubitsch

Thursday, January 28, 2010, 7-9 pm

Room W499, MSU Main Library

Presenter:  Justus Nieland, associate professor, MSU Department of English

One of the smartest and most sophisticated Hollywood comedies of the 1930s!  A pair of Parisian thieves, disguised as nobility, decides to rob a lovely perfume company executive.  They soon work in her employ, which turns complicated as love rears its head.  Filled with marvelous throwaway gags and sophisticated innuendo, Trouble in Paradise was described by one critic as "as close to perfection as anything I have ever seen in the movies".   Co-sponsor with the MSU Library Film Series.