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Michigan State hosts welcome reception for Broad Museum director


Michigan State University will host a welcome reception for Michael Rush, founding director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, in the Jackson and Christman Lounges of the Wharton Center for Performing Arts. The event is free and open to the public.
Rush, most recently the director of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, was recommended by a search committee after an extensive international search and officially began as director of the Broad museum on Jan. 15.
At Brandeis, located near Boston, Rush oversaw a significant collection of modern and contemporary art in the region and was widely recognized for his leadership during a controversial attempt by the university to sell the collection and close the museum.
He also was director of the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, has lectured internationally on art and museum practice, has received awards from the International Association of Art Critics for his curatorial projects and is the co-founder of the Contemporary Art Museum Directors Association. Rush also hosts an Internet radio program, “Rush Interactive,” on Art International Radio which is accessed in more than 40 countries around the world.
Rush is a widely published author and has contributed regularly to numerous publications including “Art in America,” “Art on Paper” and the New York Times. Among his books are “Video Art,” “New Media in Art,” “New Media in Late 20th-Century Art,” “Marjetica Potrc: Urgent Architecture” and monographs on artists Gunther Brus, Steve Miller and Alexis Rockman.
To place a reservation, obtain additional information or request accommodation for persons with disabilities, please contact Dagny VanDuine at (517) 353-4725 or by e-mail at
Persons with MSU vehicle permits should enter the Wharton Center ramp via the Wilson Road entrance. All others should enter via the entrance on Shaw Lane.