Broad Art Museum welcomes back students for new semester
Journalism senior Holly Johnson plays music for the attendees of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, during the welcome back party. The museum hosted the event in order to attract students to join the museum. Danyelle Morrow/The State News
To celebrate a new year and a new semester, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum held a welcome-back party for students Saturday night.
The event, which was free for MSU students, featured a disk jockey, drinks and snacks and a chance to see the different exhibits and artwork displayed on the museum’s three floors.
With the museum opening its doors for the first time in early November after years of construction, Stephanie Kribs, the museum’s facilities manager, said Saturday’s party was a chance for students who had not yet visited the museum to see what it had to offer.
“There are a lot of people who haven’t stepped in yet,” Kribs said. “We want to let them know we’re here.”
Kribs said when the museum’s coordinators planned the event, they were unsure of how many students would show up.
But when the event was about to begin at 7 p.m., Kribs was excited to see a line of students waiting to enter.
Communication senior Lisa Wright brought friends to the party Saturday night because she said she wanted to be supportive of the museum and its events.
“We’ve all been really fascinated with art,” Wright said. “We wanted to let (the museum) know we’re glad to have something like this on campus.”
The party also had a photo booth for students to use with costumes and props, as well as Brambilla Bingo, a game for students exploring the museum’s 3-D video exhibit, “Evolution (Megaplex)” by Marco Brambilla.
Communication senior Therese Goussy visited the museum for the first time Saturday night.
Although the museum wasn’t the first art collection Goussy visited, having already taken a trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts Museum, she said she was impressed by the museum’s exhibits.
“You usually don’t see something like this on a college campus,” Goussy said.