A space for experimentation, the MSU Broad Art Lab offers an opportunity to imagine new possibilities around the display and interpretation of art. In this instance, undergraduate students from the department’s Fall 2018 Cognitive Psychology honors course (instructor: Dr. Jan Brascamp) will develop the interpretive content for a show of Op art from the MSU Broad collection. Op art, short for “optical art”, is a genre that involves forms of optical illusions. But rather than providing an art historical analysis of the works on view, the psychology students will assess them from their own disciplinary perspective. This experiment will be enhanced by the use of a new “smart label” technology initiative funded by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in development at the MSU Broad.
The Art and Psychology of Perception is curated by Steven L. Bridges, Associate Curator. Support for this exhibition is provided by the Elizabeth Halsted endowment fund.