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

Friday, Nov. 2 — More than 100 people have participated so far in an art installation project coinciding with the opening of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.

The piece, called "The Gift: Lansing, Michigan," was conceived by photographic artist Jochen Gerz and 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 MSU Arts Department and City Pulse are cooperating to help promote the piece through print and online publication.

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 between noon and 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.”