A unique contemporary art museum and sculpture garden which also houses a historical collection from ancient Greece and Rome and pre-Columbian cultures through Medieval and Renaissance art to the modern and contemporary. Highlights of the collection include: Greek and Roman antiquities; medieval and Renaissance illuminations; Old Master paintings; 19th century American paintings; 20th century sculpture, and contemporary works. The collection's growth and expansion is focused on post 1945 modern and contemporary works.
Part of the University of Michigan, the museum features a striking facade of pleated stainless steel and glass with more than 70 percent of the 46,000-square-foot facility dedicated to exhibition space.
Works that analyze and deconstruct architectural space
Works seek to recover a legacy and trace a line of influence
Works invoke the concept of hybridity describing the changing nature of modern identity
Works aim to subvert gender roles
Works focus on knowledge and the process of production
Investigate the relationship between art, architecture, and issues of water and land rights
Modern art periodical permitted artists substantial, even unusual, creative freedom within a commercial gallery model
Hybrid stones as sculptural objects and scientific artifacts
Each month features a work chosen by an MSU student
Works contrasting truth and deception
Works that alternately question and support core values
Works chosen by MSU students who work at the museum