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The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University continues its pace toward becoming a real, full-fledged institution with two new announcements this week. First, following the hiring of their first director, Michael Rush, last summer, they’ve now landed Alison Gass as their new curator of contemporary art. Gass, who was picked last year by the NY Times‘ as one of nine up and coming curators, has worked in New York for the Jewish Museum, the MoMA, and the Brooklyn Museum, and most recently on the other coast as an assistant curator at the SFMOMA. Second in the new news, the Broad recently announced its first two debut exhibitions:

The Broad/MSU’s inaugural exhibitions, curated by founding director Michael Rush, include “Global Groove 1973/2012,” which will use Nam June Paik’s seminal 1973 video “Global Groove” as a jumping off point to explore current trends in international video art, and “In Search of Time,” which will investigate artists’ expressions of time and memory by creating dialogues among works by artists including Josef Albers, Romare Bearden, Damien Hirst, Toba Khadoori, Andy Warhol, Eadweard Muybridge and Sam Jury, among others.

The Broad Museum, in its nifty new Zaha Hadid-designed building, is set to open on April 21st of next year.