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On July 25, eight cash awards totaling more than $5,000 were presented to artists at the members’ opening of the 65th Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition. Seven of the awards were chosen by juror Michael Rooks, Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art. The eighth, the Alice E. Koret award, was selected by museum docents. The final award, the Harris Popular Vote Award, was voted by visitors to the exhibition and announced August 10. See the list
Pictured: Stephanie McMahon of Alfred Station received the $1,500 Memorial Art Gallery Award for her oil on canvas Sweet and Sour.
As the MAG prepares the first major reinstallation of its collection of postwar and contemporary art in decades, director Jonathan Binstock has announced the acquisition of important works by four internationally renowned artists. Three of the artists—Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Mickalene Thomas and Hung Liu—are still active; the fourth, Beauford Delaney, died in 1979. more about the artists
“The beauty of these acquisitions is how well they fit into MAG’s historical collections,” says Binstock, who is an expert on the art of the post World War II era. “They can be exhibited together, in the context of a modern and contemporary art installation, or inserted into other areas of the museum, as provocative foils that expand the conversation on the relevance of art, both past and present, for contemporary audiences.”
Shown: Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian’s Convertible Series, Group 10 (2011), will be a focal point of the newly renovated galleries. Mirror and reverse-painted glass on plaster and wood. Maurice R. and Maxine B. Forman Fund and Marion Stratton Gould Fund.
On May 3, MAG welcomed more than 600 visitors of all ages to the annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Family Day. They enjoyed family art activities, music and dance performances, museum tours and storytelling. Pictured abover are performers from the Chinese Dance Company of Rochester, karate demonstration by ROC Martial Arts, Bayley Wivell playing the Chinese zither.
MAG is one of 196 not-for-profit organizations nationwide selected to receive a Museums for America award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The highly competitive, $24,085 award will be used to conserve 22 high-quality miniature paintings from the Gallery’s Asian art collection. Read the whole story
Pictured: Priests Worshipping the Image of Shri Nathaji (India,
ca. 1820). Gift of Helen H. Reiff in memory of Robert F. Reiff.
In July 2014, Jonathan Binstock was named the Mary W. and Donald R. Clark Director of the MAG. Binstock comes to Rochester from New York City, where he was a senior vice president and senior advisor in modern and contemporary art for Citi Private Bank’s Art Advisory & Finance group. He brings more than a decade of curatorial work in major American museums including the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Binstock is the Gallery’s seventh director and succeeds Grant Holcomb, who retired after nearly 29 years in the position. learn more
Right: In September, Binstock (second from left) hit the ground running his first week at MAG. He’s shown greeting visitors to the Clothesline Festival along with Dan Burns, regional president of M&T Bank; Mary Koegel, president of the Gallery’s Board of Managers; and Joel Seligman, president of the University of Rochester.
Photos by Adam Fenster (top); Richard P. Wersinger (Clothesline).