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Never Spoken Again Public Programs at MSU Broad Museum

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On Screen: François Bucher
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
7-9 PM
MSU Broad Museum

547 E Circle Dr.
East Lansing, MI

What kind of stories can be told when we unravel history’s familiar threads? François Bucher’s films, The Man Who Disappeared (2011) and Fractal Access Totems (2012), ask viewers to question the fabric of knowledge, including the linearity of time, the organization of space, and the entanglement of seemingly disparate histories. In Bucher’s hands, moving image media are portals to multiverses, real and imagined⁠—join us in thinking widely, and wildly, across disciplines, archives, and histories. These films are exhibited as part of Never Spoken Again: Rogue Stories of Science and Collections, on view at the MSU Broad January 25 – August 23, 2020.

More information about the screening can be found here.

Gymnasium: Archiving the City in Comics
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
6:30 - 8:30 PM
MSU Broad Museum

547 E Circle Dr.
East Lansing, MI

From the illustrated culture of the nineteenth century to contemporary Afrofuturist visions, Americans have expressed a collective anxiety about cities—as well as aspirations about the city—in comics. Professor Julian Chambliss leads an open gym in which participants approach comics as a continually evolving archive of the modern urban experience. To explore how comics’ special relationship to words and images have helped Americans imagine the city, audiences will create a comic zine that documents their experiences of city life, in conversation with Professor Chambliss’s research and via exploration of the MSU Broad’s exhibitions, Never Spoken Again: Rogue Stories of Science and Collections and John Lucas and Claudia Rankine: Situations.

More information about the event can be found here.

On Screen: Laura Huertas Millán
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
7-9 PM
MSU Broad Museum

547 E Circle Dr.
East Lansing, MI

How does fiction—stories, myths, fables, fantasies—inform the research practices of social scientists? The films of Laura Huertas Millán question the conventions of ethnographic documentary filmmaking that have othered South American populations, histories and landscapes, and argue for narrative, aesthetics, and emotion as critical for decentering colonial archival histories. In doing so, Millán’s films vitalize a constellation of agencies whose impact on South America have not been legible within the record of institutionalized social science, past or present. Join us for a guided viewing of Millán’s ethnographic fictions, Journey to a Land Otherwise Known (2011) and Aequador (2012), featured as part of Never Spoken Again: Rogue Stories of Science and Collections, on view at the MSU Broad January 25 – August 23, 2020.

More information about the screening can be found here.


Never Spoken Again: Rogue Stories of Science and Collections is a traveling exhibition curated by David Ayala-Alfonso and produced by Independent Curators International (ICI). Considering how institutional collections organize our lives, Never Spoken Again brings together artists whose works open up a critique of material culture, iconography, and political ecologies. These practices examine not only the collected objects and the systems of distribution that facilitate their circulation but also the disciplines and subjects of study that they trade in. It is the result of a new series of programs, pioneered with the support of the Hartfield Foundation, aimed at providing opportunities to alumni of ICI’s Curatorial Intensive as they move through the stages of their career, and reflecting ICI’s commitment to fostering and championing new curatorial voices who will shape the future of the field. Never Spoken Again is made possible with the generous support of ICI’s Board of Trustees and International Forum. Additional support for Erkan Öznur’s participation is provided by SAHA. Never Spoken Again will be on view at the MSU Broad Museum from January 25, 2020 - August 23, 2020. The exhibition will be on tour through 2024.

Programming organized by MSU Broad Museum.

February 4, 2020 - March 10, 2020

Alan and Rebecca Ross Education Wing
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
Michigan State University
547 E Circle Dr.
East Lansing, MI

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Part of Never Spoken Again: Rogue Stories of Science and Collections

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