The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University has announced a $5 million gift from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation to the museum's exhibition endowment.
With a collection containing 7,500 objects from the Classic, Renaissance, and Modern periods, Broad MSU is dedicated to exploring global contemporary culture and ideas through art. The almost-two-year-old museum, which was made possible thanks to a $28 million lead gift from the Broads in 2007, has exceeded its pre-opening attendance projections. The new gift was given in honor of the museum's founding director, Michael Rush.
"Michael Rush is realizing the vision for Broad MSU, bringing contemporary artists from around the globe to East Lansing and drawing audiences from around the state, across the country and from all corners of the world," said Eli Broad, an MSU alum. "The exhibitions presented at the museum provide opportunities for students and the community to experience art that they might otherwise never see, while simultaneously drawing new visitors to East Lansing. Edythe and I are pleased to recognize Michael Rush's leadership in creating this unique institution and we wanted to ensure that the museum continues to push boundaries in the types of exhibitions it presents."