March 13 2013 12:00 AM
Photos courtesy of the Broad Art Museum

Thursday, Nov. 1 — This is the second installment in an ongoing series about an art piece called "The Gift: Lansing, Michigan," conceived by photographic artist Jochen Gerz, coinciding with next week's opening of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University.

The MSU Arts Department and City Pulse are cooperating to help promote the piece through print and online publication. Gerz's piece consists of a wall of framed black-and-white portraits, and he created similar installations in contemporary art museums in Paris and San Francisco.

The public is invited to sit in for a portrait session at 333 E. Green River Ave. (the former Barnes & Noble location) through Nov. 7 from noon to 3 p.m. Then on Nov. 10 and 11, the temporary studio will move into a tent adjacent to the museum. The resulting photo will be printed, framed and hung in the museum. When the exhibit is over, all participants will be called and given a portrait — but not their own — to take home and hang. Hence the name, “The Gift.”