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Joseph Cornell, Hotel de la Mer (Hotel Goldene Sonne), 1950–51, wood, glass, pigment, paper, 17 7/8 x 12 x 4 5/8". From “In Search of Time.”

“In Search of Time”

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

Joseph Cornell, Hotel de la Mer (Hotel Goldene Sonne), 1950–51, wood, glass, pigment, paper, 17 7/8 x 12 x 4 5/8". From “In Search of Time.”

With ribbed sides flaring like the gills of some steely fish, Zaha Hadid’s new building for the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University does anything but rest on its Grand River Avenue plot. This importunate assembly of angles pitches, soars, lurches, shifts—refusing the fixity of any formal envelope or elevation, even as it sits within a taut, stainless-steel skin. Following from the kineticism of Hadid’s structure, the museum’s inaugural exhibition, “In Search of Time,” organized by curator and founding director Michael Rush, likewise shrugged off the surrounding staid Collegiate Gothic campus in pursuit of more dynamic temporalities. The show presented, however, a nuanced meditation on the textures of time in painting and photography, one that slowed the viewer down in a thickened field of interconnected eras and epochs.

The show—drawn predominantly

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