Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester

Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester A visit to the Memorial Art Gallery is a journey through more than 5,000 years of world art. MAG connects people with art in a welcoming and stimulating environment. Visit our Sculpture Park in the Neighborhood of the Arts. Always open, always free.
MAG’s permanent collection of more than 12,000 objects has been called the best balanced in the state outside of metropolitan New York City. Explore the museum's permanent collection at http://magart.rochester.edu. In addition to its collection, MAG offers a year-round schedule of temporary exhibitions, lectures, concerts, tours and family activities.
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Facebook is one of the many new ways that the Memorial Art Gallery connects people with art. Here, we are able to share with an international audience the Gallery’s many programs and events, as well as a permanent collection described as the “best-balanced collection in the state outside of metropolitan New York City.”

Mission: The Memorial Art Gallery connects people with art in a welcoming and stimulating environment through its permanent collection, temporary exhibitions and public programs.

How to have a perfect Sunday: explore the Sculpture Park, grab brunch from Brown Hound Downtown, stroll through 5,000 ye...
08/09/2020

How to have a perfect Sunday: explore the Sculpture Park, grab brunch from Brown Hound Downtown, stroll through 5,000 years of world art inside the museum, and support local artists in the STORE @ MAG 🌞

Come stroll through 5,000 years of world art at MAG🖼⁣⁣⠀⁣⁣⠀We’re open Wednesday-Sunday 11 am-5 pm and Thursdays 11 am-9 p...
08/05/2020

Come stroll through 5,000 years of world art at MAG🖼⁣⁣⠀
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We’re open Wednesday-Sunday 11 am-5 pm and Thursdays 11 am-9 pm⁣⁣⠀⁣⁣⠀⁣⁣⠀
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See you soon! 🤗

We miss seeing school tours at the MAG! Museum educator Carol Yost delivered 1,000 Return Visit Postcard passes in suppo...
08/03/2020

We miss seeing school tours at the MAG! Museum educator Carol Yost delivered 1,000 Return Visit Postcard passes in support for Sunday’s "Amazon Cares Back 2 School Backpack Giveaway" event at RCSD’s George Mather Forbes School #4. Made possible by Amazon in partnership with the Rochester Mayor’s Office, event organizers handed out 1,000 backpacks full of school supplies to parents and guardians of local K–8 students.

After careful consideration, we have decided to change the format for the 2020 M&T Bank Clothesline Festival. Originally...
07/31/2020
M&T Bank Clothesline Online Festival - Memorial Art Gallery

After careful consideration, we have decided to change the format for the 2020 M&T Bank Clothesline Festival.

Originally scheduled as an in-person gathering on September 12 and 13, this year’s event will now be the M&T Bank Clothesline Online Festival, a week-long online event from September 12-18.

We’re committed to celebrating talented artists and connecting our community with their work, and this year’s celebration will be exactly that! Visit our website for the most up-to-date information and be on the lookout for more details to follow.

This year’s event will now be the M&T Bank Clothesline Online Festival, a week-long online event from September 12-18, 2020. Please be on the lookout for more details to follow. We look forward to our 2021 Festival on September 11th & 12th, 2021, and very much look forward to seeing everyone there...

Some pics from last night! Dances, Distance & Dusk was held on MAG grounds last night. The production is produced by Eth...
07/31/2020

Some pics from last night!

Dances, Distance & Dusk was held on MAG grounds last night. The production is produced by Ethan Beckwith-Cohen and will be repeated again tonight.

Dancers in red are from BIODANCE, but we don’t know others for sure. Please feel free to tag yourselves.

RSVP required for physical distancing, and the event is nearly full!

Photos by Al Mosher.

THE STORE @ MAG has officially reopened to the public today under normal business hours (Wednesday-Sunday 11 am-5 pm, Th...
07/29/2020

THE STORE @ MAG has officially reopened to the public today under normal business hours (Wednesday-Sunday 11 am-5 pm, Thursdays until 9 pm)! Curbside pickup is also available. Email [email protected] for more info and to place an order. Don’t forget to wear your mask and physical distance from others 🙏⁣⁣⠀
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THE STORE @ MAG features treasures from Upstate’s vibrant community of artists; the finest in handmade jewelry and artful items for your home. mag.rochester.edu/maggallerystore/

Meet me at MAG ~Because physical distancing has always been our thing.(and bring a mask
07/29/2020

Meet me at MAG ~
Because physical distancing has always been our thing.

(and bring a mask

“Sunday Morning,” by Jerome Myers (1907). Jerome Myers said of his art, “I went to the gutter for my subject, but they w...
07/26/2020

“Sunday Morning,” by Jerome Myers (1907).

Jerome Myers said of his art, “I went to the gutter for my subject, but they were poetic gutters.”⁣⁣⠀
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Jerome Myers was called "the gentle poet of the slums" for his compassionate images of immigrant life in New York's Lower East Side. Myers recorded the unglamorous, yet commonplace aspects of city life, as did fellow painters John Sloan and Robert Henri, members of The Eight or the Ashcan School. However, his vision of the city's poor never evoked a sense of wretchedness: "Why catch humanity by the shirt-tail," he said, "when I could see more pleasant things?"⁣⁣⠀
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Though tame to us today, paintings like “Sunday Morning” were considered progressive, even "revolutionary" when they were painted, because of their subject matter. However, when it came to exhibiting with The Eight, Robert Henri didn't think that Myers' work was forceful enough. As a founder of the innovative American Association of Painters and Sculptors in 1911, Myers helped to pave the way for the watershed 1913 Armory Show in New York City, the exhibition that introduced European modernism to an enthusiastic but occasionally bewildered public.

Rochester glass artist Nancy Gong has work for sale in the STORE @ MAG. But did you know about her architectural glass a...
07/26/2020
Penfield glass artist launches website

Rochester glass artist Nancy Gong has work for sale in the STORE @ MAG. But did you know about her architectural glass art?

During the pandemic, Penfield glass artist Nancy Gong focused on her artistic and studio mission to make a positive connection between the organic nature

February 14, 1940: Rochester newspapers were filled with the ominous events that would soon lead America into war. Close...
07/24/2020

February 14, 1940: Rochester newspapers were filled with the ominous events that would soon lead America into war. Closer to home, the winter’s worst snowstorm snarled traffic and closed schools. Yet for the Memorial Art Gallery, it was a very bright day indeed, as the Gallery’s Women’s Council held its first meeting.

Beginning in 1956, the Council also raised funds to enrich MAG collections through dozens of new acquisitions.

Eighty years later, the Council (now the Gallery Council) remains committed to serving MAG. The all-volunteer group has raised more than $3 million for the Memorial Art Gallery through such fundraisers as the Fine Craft Show & Sale, Clothesline Festival, and Art & Treasures. But the Council is more than just a fundraising organization. In the words of one long-time member, it’s a place to find “good friends, diverse activities and interesting challenges—all in the guise of giving."

Enjoy the exhibition "1940/2020: In Celebration of the 80th Anniversary of the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery" - August 1--October 11. Consider joining the Council and the dedication of many. https://mag.rochester.edu/gallerycouncil/

shown: Rachel Ruysch’s "Floral Still Life" (detail"

"A trip to a museum is an act of willingness. A desire to experience something new or reconsider the familiar. An urge t...
07/24/2020
Essay: Cultural institutions must represent the communities they serve

"A trip to a museum is an act of willingness. A desire to experience something new or reconsider the familiar. An urge to see the world through somebody else’s eyes — someone very different from you. As Ford Foundation President Darren Walker said in a recent conversation with MAG’s Board of Managers, “The arts are a pathway to building empathy... and from that comes a capacity to see humanity in all human beings.”"

When the art world ignores artists who have something important to express, all are deprived of new ideas and productive conversations.

07/23/2020
Art Museums and Civil Society: a Conversation With Darren Walker and Jonathan Binstock

"We can’t have justice in society if we don’t have the arts.” – Darren Walker
On June 24th, Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, was a special guest at the annual meeting of MAG’s Board of Managers. The inspiration for Mr. Walker’s participation at the meeting was his 2015 essay, “How Can We Help You? The Value of Civil Society.” View Mr. Walker’s conversation with MAG’s Director Jonathan Binstock and the museum’s Board. www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxNP-5Rh3dA&feature=youtu.be

Read Mr. Walker's essay: civicus.org/images/SOCS2015_ESSAY27_HowCanWeHelp.pdf

Recorded Live, June 24, 2020. Board of Directors Meeting, Memorial Art Gallery. Jonathan Binstock is the The Mary W. and Donald R. Clark Director of the Memo...

Sending a note of appreciation to #GroundskeeperDale (and a fruit bouquet with chocolates) for everything he does to kee...
07/23/2020

Sending a note of appreciation to #GroundskeeperDale (and a fruit bouquet with chocolates) for everything he does to keep the Sculpture Park vibrant and beautiful. 🌿👏👏👏☺️🙏

New page on the MAG website: Q&A WITH MAG STAFFIn this special member feature, we’re talking to a variety of MAG staff t...
07/21/2020
- Memorial Art Gallery

New page on the MAG website: Q&A WITH MAG STAFF

In this special member feature, we’re talking to a variety of MAG staff to share some of their knowledge and insights about the realities of working a #museumlife. Shown below is Kerry Schauber as she photographs a textile in MAG storage while a conservator holds an ultraviolet light.

Q&A WITH MAG STAFFIn this special member feature, we’re talking to a variety of MAG staff to share some of their knowledge and insights about the realm of museum life. Check the links below and watch this page grow with more interviews coming soon. READ MORE ABOUT: Kerry Schauber / Research Assist...

Cool off in some air conditioning today at MAG!You can beat the heat and enjoy the last day of Chitra Ganesh's exhibitio...
07/19/2020

Cool off in some air conditioning today at MAG!

You can beat the heat and enjoy the last day of Chitra Ganesh's exhibition, "Sultana's Dream" 🤩

What are you doing for lunch on this beautiful day? Come to the Brown Hound Downtown and cool down a bit! Grab something...
07/18/2020

What are you doing for lunch on this beautiful day? Come to the Brown Hound Downtown and cool down a bit! Grab something fresh and refreshing.

Take in some art and soak up summer with their Rum Smash cocktail, paired perfectly with the Bistro Salad!

Grab to go or get delivered! OR... enjoy under a tree on the MAG lawns, while you continue to take in the art outside.

RUM SMASH🍹:
Rum, honey syrup, muddled fresh seasonal fruit, mint & Fiz ginger beer. Ready to drink served over ice with garnish.

This is the last weekend to see Chitra Ganesh’s inspiring work, “Sultana’s Dream” at MAG. According to Ganesh this work,...
07/17/2020

This is the last weekend to see Chitra Ganesh’s inspiring work, “Sultana’s Dream” at MAG.

According to Ganesh this work, “connects with problems shaping 21st-century life: apocalyptic environmental disaster, the disturbing persistence of gender-based inequality, the power of the wealthy few against the economic struggles of the majority, and ongoing geopolitical conflicts that cause widespread death and suffering.” Like much of Ganesh’s work, Sultana’s Dream engages these subjects through the lens of history, literature, and mythology not only to examine the relationship between imagined and lived worlds but also to consider how utopian fantasies might be realized.

Chitra Ganesh is a visual artist based in Brooklyn, New York. A multimedia artist known for articulating feminist and queer narratives that weave religious, mythological, and popular iconographies, Ganesh was born and raised in a Hindu Indian immigrant family in Brooklyn and Queens Her wide-ranging practice, which includes drawings, photographic digital collages, text-based works, and collaborations, draws from a vast array of mythology, literature, and popular culture, both worshiped and vernacular, to reveal these narratives from the past and to imagine new visions of the future.

Project A.I.R. works at MAG.The initiative is the brainchild of Fairport native Alexa Guzman. Her main co-collaborators ...
07/17/2020
Project A.I.R. works at MAG

Project A.I.R. works at MAG.
The initiative is the brainchild of Fairport native Alexa Guzman. Her main co-collaborators are her sisters, Aja and Aliya, as well as a network of family and friends.

“A.I.R.” stands for art is resistance, Guzman said, “But it works on multiple levels — ‘air’ as in ‘I can’t breathe.’”

In June, MAG offered blank banners and space on the fences to share the message. See the work in progress and visit the banners at MAG.

The initiative is the brainchild of Fairport native Alexa Guzman. Her main co-collaborators are her sisters, Aja and Aliya, as well as a network of family and friends. “A.I.R.” stands for art is resistance, Guzman said, “But it works on multiple levels — ‘air’ as in ‘I can’t breathe....

07/16/2020
The Giverny Document (Single Channel)

Ja’Tovia Gary just made available via her YouTube channel for a limited period of time, “The Giverny Document (Single Channel)” (2019), an expanded version that incorporates and extends her 2017 short “Giverny I (NÉGRESSE IMPÉRIALE),” that is on view at MAG through August 23.

Filmed on location in Harlem, USA, and in Claude Monet’s historic gardens in Giverny, France, The "Giverny Document" is a multi-textured cinematic poem that meditates on the safety and bodily autonomy of Black women.

"Do you feel safe?" Filmed on location in Harlem, USA and in Claude Monet’s historic gardens in Giverny, France, The Giverny Document is a multi-textured cin...

Last week, MAG and Jessica Marie hosted our very first Virtual DeTOUR℠: The Art of Mindfulness. We were joined by Tee fr...
07/15/2020
DeTOURS℠ - Memorial Art Gallery

Last week, MAG and Jessica Marie hosted our very first Virtual DeTOUR℠: The Art of Mindfulness. We were joined by Tee from Evolution Pilates.

We loved breathing deep, getting to move our limbs, sharing fun facts, and seeing you through our screens. We have posted the recording of the DeTOUR℠ on our website so that you may watch it again and get some deeper stretches in. If you need captions, you can click on the Settings icon at the bottom (next to where it says YouTube) and add them in!

We will be hosting more virtual DeTOURs℠ in the future so stay tuned. Also, if you have an idea for a virtual DeTOUR℠, let us know!
https://mag.rochester.edu/events/detours/

Under MAGsocial, we are conducting a monthly DeTOUR℠ on the third Thursday of each month. DeTOURs℠ are an exclusive themed tour that is both engaging and entertaining. These tours focus on some of the amazing personal lives of artists, the inspiration and method to their creativity, and lesser-k...

07/15/2020
Virtual DeTOUR℠: The Art of Mindfulness

Here is a recording of our very first Virtual DeTOUR℠ with the lovely Tee from Evolution Pilates.

We loved breathing deep, getting to move our limbs, sharing fun facts, and seeing you through our screens.

WOMEN'S COUNCIL FORMEDIn 1940, the Gallery's volunteer fundraising organization was organized.However, the first attempt...
07/14/2020

WOMEN'S COUNCIL FORMED
In 1940, the Gallery's volunteer fundraising organization was organized.

However, the first attempt to form such an organization was not in 1940, but in 1928. The December 1928 Bulletin announced that "the Women's council of the Memorial Art Gallery was organized on October 19th at the home of Mrs. Charles H. Babcock, of the Board of Directors, as a solution of a long-felt and lately pressing need. With the steady growth of the Gallery's activities and conception of its work in Rochester, it has come about that the necessarily limited personnel of the Board of Directors is too small to serve the new range of social, advisory, and membership-aid duties. A now organized group of Friends who have already proved their interest in the Gallery will undertake such active duties as assisting at the private-view teas, planning of certain exhibitions which will have particular reference to phases of the life of industrial, domestic or historic Rochester, and cooperating in the work with the children, and certain of the public programs."

The activities of the original group of council members continued, but by 1940 it was inactive enough that the name was recycled. Of the original 1928 members, two were included as original officers of the 1940 Women's Council: Mrs. George H. Whipple was a Vice-President, and Miss Jean C. McCurdy was chair of the Collector's Corner Committee which for many years would exhibit treasures from local collectors.

In 1942, the Women's Council sponsored several new programs, including a Printmaker's Club for children twelve to sixteen years old. The report of the Director described the program as "decidedly successful."

The Women's Council began to admit male members in 1993 and changed its name to the Gallery Council. The Gallery Council has raised over $3 million in its than 80-year history.

https://mag.rochester.edu/about/timeline/1939-1963/

Opening Parties are complimentary events for members and their guests to celebrate new exhibitions the night before it o...
07/13/2020
Path to Paradise Preview Party

Opening Parties are complimentary events for members and their guests to celebrate new exhibitions the night before it opens to the public. Take a look at this album of photos from the Opening Party to "Path to Paradise: Judith Schaechter's Stained-Glass Art."

https://www.flickr.com/photos/memorialartgallery/albums/72157713161729523
Visit mag.rochester.edu/join to learn more about membership.

An intimate look at the potent and incisive work of Judith Schaechter, the first survey and major scholarly assessment of this groundbreaking artist’s 37-year career. Here are photos from the Opening Party of "The Path to Paradise: Judith Schaechter’s Stained-Glass Art." Live music by ...

Take a "Genesee Journey" - either from home - or in the museum space. This is an introduction to the art of upstate New ...
07/12/2020

Take a "Genesee Journey" - either from home - or in the museum space. This is an introduction to the art of upstate New York through 13 portraits and landscapes from the MAG collection. Complements the NYS social studies standards for 4th grade, highlighting local history.

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shown: "Pierrepont Edward Lacey (1832 - after 1860) and His Dog, Gun"
1835-1836 by Milton W. Hopkins

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https://magart.rochester.edu/objects-1/portfolio?records=20&query=Portfolios%3D"696"

Sometimes, you just have to doodle. #creativitymattersThese wire doodles were sent to us on Tuesday, Jul 7, 2020, at 7:3...
07/11/2020

Sometimes, you just have to doodle.

#creativitymatters

These wire doodles were sent to us on Tuesday, Jul 7, 2020, at 7:38 pm from Javon Nesmith.

You can feel the heat in this hazy summer scene."A Summer Day"ca. 1892by William Merritt ChasePainter William Merritt Ch...
07/11/2020

You can feel the heat in this hazy summer scene.

"A Summer Day"
ca. 1892

by William Merritt Chase

Painter William Merritt Chase and his family would spend summer vacation in a small community near Southampton, Long Island. While there, Chase established a summer school of art. Hundreds of students convened in the region from 1891 - 1902, dotting the landscape with their easels as they attempted to capture on canvas the truth of nature en plein air ("in the open air").

Typical of this period are the artist's paintings and drawings of his three young daughters exploring the landscape near their vacation retreat. High-keyed summery colors and rapid Impressionistic strokes convey the brilliance of the sky, the wildflowers, and the ocean.

Rochester artist Joan Lyons paid us a visit today and was absolutely delighted with the Forman reinstallation. She loved...
07/09/2020

Rochester artist Joan Lyons paid us a visit today and was absolutely delighted with the Forman reinstallation. She loved the wall color and was so happy to see her work "untitled" among so many great artists.

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A visit to the Memorial Art Gallery is a journey through more than 5,000 years of art history. From the relics of antiquity to works in the vanguard of contemporary movements, the Gallery offers a panorama of the world’s art.

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Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

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Facebook is one of the many new ways that the Memorial Art Gallery connects people with art. Here, we are able to share with an international audience the museum’s many programs and events, as well as a permanent collection described as the “best-balanced collection in the state outside of metropolitan New York City.”

Following the guidance from health partners, state, and national government officials, MAG and Brown Hound Downtown has reopened in Phase 4 with limited capacity and new safety measures. Museum hours will remain the same: Wednesday-Sunday 11 am-5 pm; Thursdays until 9 pm. Learn more: http://mag.rochester.edu/about/meet-me-again-at-mag/


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MamaMiaBell Online Figure Study Drawing Sunday Afternoon - Long Poses Zoom Meeting: Sunday, July 5, 2020 1-3PM Eastern Time - US and Canada (Early Sign On: 12:45 PM EST) MamaMiaBell Online Figure Study Monday Night Drawing - Shorter Variety of Poses Zoom Meeting: Monday, July 6, 2020 7-9PM Eastern Time - US and Canada (Early Sign On: 6:45 PM EST) Miss drawing from a live model? As requested, I’m doing long poses on Sunday Afternoons in addition to continuing Monday Nights which features shorter variety of poses! Toggle between 6 Different Views throughout the 2 hours (Yes, 6 different views - its almost like you’re in the room!) Please note: Out of respect for the model’s privacy, it is requested that there be no video recording nor screenshots be taken. By using the zoom links, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old. Set up your supplies, pour yourself a drink, and let’s hang out and draw (from a safe distance)! Sunday Afternoon the timed poses will be as follows: 2 long poses - 45 minutes each Monday Night the timed poses will be as follows: (5) 2 minute, (2) 5 minute, 10 minute, 15 minute, Model Break/Artist Gallery (5) 2 minute, (2) 5 minute, 10 minute, 15 minute, Artist Gallery/Feedback In order to attend, you must RSVP by emailing [email protected] to receive the Zoom link. This event is pay what you can. (Suggested amounts: $5-$25) All donations will go towards the model/organizer: Mia (model) http://paypal.me/MamaMiaBell or VENMO: @MamaMiaBell Please feel free to share this invite with your other artist friends who miss drawing from a live model!
MamaMiaBell Online Figure Study Drawing Night Zoom Meeting: Monday, May 18, 2020 7-9PM Eastern Time - US and Canada (Early Sign On: 6:45 PM EST) 5 Model Views to toggle thru! The timed poses will be as follows: (5) 2 minute, (2) 5 minute, 10 minute, 15 minute, Model Break/Artist Gallery (5) 2 minute, (2) 5 minute, 10 minute, 15 minute, Artist Gallery/Feedback In order to attend, you must RSVP by emailing [email protected] to receive the Zoom link. This event is pay what you can. (Suggested amounts: $5-$25) All donations will go towards the model/organizer: Mia (model) http://paypal.me/MamaMiaBell Venmo: @MamaMiaBell Please feel free to share this invite with your other artist friends and forward to anyone who you think might like to participate! Must be 18+ to attend.
Where can I find the recorded version of Judith Schaechter's yesterday interview?
During this difficult time, we could all use a bit of levity. Join us next week for Community Spirit Week, a fun celebration of community togetherness! #SpiritWeekRoc
"Dancing with Duke Ellington"- a great way to celebrate Black History Month. Feb. 14/15, at Hochstein, 7:30pm. Live jazz band, jazz vocalist Jessica Ann Best, saxophonist Ken Scott. Great for Valentine's Day! Champagne reception afterward. Tickets: www.newyorkstateballet.org
So my 8 year old drew a picture and decided to mail it to the art gallery.... today she got the sweetest letter in the mail from the staff. Thanks guys for making her so happy
Congratulations!!!
Nice new roof at the MAG! Well done!
Groundskeeper Dale.