MSU Broad Art Museum Announces Acting Director Steven L. Bridges | MSUToday
Steven L. Bridges. Photo by Eat Granada Photography.
The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University is pleased to announce that Steven L. Bridges has been appointed as interim director, effective July 7.
“I care deeply about this museum and this university, and the many communities we serve – all of which have enriched me personally and professionally over the years,” said Bridges. “As such, it is a tremendous honor to assume the role of Acting Director in service of MSU’s commitment to the arts. In this important anniversary year marking 10 years of the MSU Broad Art Museum, there is much to be excited about, not only in celebrating past accomplishments, but also in our current and future direction. I look forward to working with the incredible staff of the museum and the communities to which we belong to usher in the next decade. growth and cultural advancement.
Bridges is a curator, art historian and writer based in Lansing, Michigan. Most recently, he served as Senior Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs at the MSU Broad Art Museum, responsibilities he will retain through this transition.
Throughout her time at the museum, Bridges has helped guide staff through past transitions, providing institutional memory as well as a forward-thinking approach to the changing role of museums in the 21st century.
“Mr. Bridges has the academic background, professional experience and personal knowledge from the MSU Broad Art Museum that make him the ideal interim leader during this time of transition,” said MSU Provost Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D. “This is a time of growth for the MSU Broad Art Museum, and I have every confidence in Steven and the museum’s exceptional staff to keep that momentum going.”
Bridges has worked at the museum for six years and has been a constant hand in guiding the institution’s curatorial program during that time. In her later years, Bridges curated major group exhibitions History Told Slant (2022), Seeds of Resistance (2021), InterStates of Mind (2020-21), and major solo exhibition Beverly Fishman: Recovery (2022). Her current research and curatorial interests focus on the intersection of social, racial, and environmental justice, as well as the relationship between art, geopolitics, and scientific inquiry. Bridges has also been a strong advocate for greater visibility and recognition of the importance of artistic research within the context of an R-1 designated research university like MSU.
Bridges came to the MSU Broad Art Museum at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in 2015 and holds two master’s degrees from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago: one in art history, theory, and criticism, and the other in arts administration and policy. . He is a member of Independent Curators International, Association of Art Museum Curators, Association of Midwest Museums, and Association of Academic Museums and Galleries.
As an engaged member of the community, Bridges works closely with on-campus and off-campus community members locally, nationally and internationally to build and strengthen relationships while advancing inclusion and a sense of community. membership which are core values of MSU. Broad art museum. Bridges has also been instrumental in shaping the museum’s ongoing considerations of diversity, equity and inclusion issues, particularly as they relate to the museum’s broader creative agenda. This includes rewriting the museum’s collection management and acquisition policy to emphasize artists who have historically been underrepresented and undervalued. Bridges has also been integral to expanding the museum’s networks, developing new partnerships within and beyond the university, making the museum a key connection point for creative activity in the region. Currently, through these efforts, the MSU Broad Art Museum has partnered with the University of Michigan’s Stamps Gallery and the Flint Institute of Arts to co-present concurrent exhibitions of LaToya Ruby Frazier’s Flint Is Family in Three Acts .
The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University (MSU Broad Art Museum) connects people to art through experiences that inspire curiosity and inquiry. Featuring exhibits and programs that engage diverse communities around issues of local and global significance, the MSU Broad Art Museum advances the academic values of quality, inclusion, and connectedness. Opened on November 10, 2012, the museum was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid and named in honor of Eli and Edythe Broad, longtime supporters of the university who provided the main donation for the creation of the museum.