Around the MAG: Centennial Happenings

Centennial Happenings

Director’s Circle Fall Program

On November 8, one of the last events of the Centennial year—the fall Director’s Circle lecture—featured Dana Gioia, poet, Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC, and former chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. His talk was titled “Why the Arts Matter (and Why One Great Congresswoman Matters)”.

dana-gioia-lectureLeft: Needing few notes and no slides, Dana Gioia enthralled the audience. | Right: The “one great Congresswoman” was Louise Slaughter (NY-25), co-chair of the bipartisan House Arts Caucus, who was recognized for her many years of service to the arts. | Center: Congresswoman Slaughter is shown with UR President Joel Seligman; Jim Durfee, president of MAG’s Board of Managers; Dana Gioia; and MAG director Grant Holcomb. She holds a collage created for her by Margery Pearl Gurnett; the work, which commemorates the Gallery’s Centennial, incorporates recycled stained glass from a damaged window in Cutler Union.

>> Watch a video of Dana Gioia’s lecture

Photos by Ria Tafani.

Public Birthday Party


More than 1,000 visitors were on hand for the Gallery’s free Public Birthday Party on October 13.

Top row: Bollywood Dance Mania performed in the Vanden Brul Pavilion. | Assistant curator Jessica Marten and her daughter, Lucy, recorded a StoryCorps segment for WXXI. | Rochester City Ballet performed in the auditorium.

Bottom row: Bouguereau’s Young Priestess (aka assistant curator of education Sydney Greaves) greeted visitors to the 19th-century European gallery. | Jim Barger, market president for party sponsor KeyBank, and Kathy D’Amanda, vice president of MAG’s Board of Managers, prepare to cut the birthday cake. | Mounfanyi Drum and Dance Ensemble performed in Centennial Sculpture Park.

Photos by Brandon Vick.

Rededication Ceremony

rededicationThe formal rededication of the Gallery took place Tuesday, October 8—100 years to the day after MAG opened its doors.

Top row: In the Renaissance Gallery, Grant Holcomb welcomed guests to the rededication of the the Gallery; in the background is Memory, a gift of MAG founder Emily Sibley Watson. | Christ Church Schola Cantorum performed.  | Grant Holcomb recognized Anastasia Watson Markson, great-great-granddaughter of Emily Sibley Watson, at the dedication of the Watson Family Foyer.

Bottom row: Jim Durfee, president of MAG’s Board of Managers; Bobbie Wilson representing Congresswoman Louise Slaughter; UR president Joel Seligman; State Senator Joe Robach; Grant Holcomb; & Carl Carballada representing Mayor Tom Richards. | Poet Bill Heyen & artist Sue Huggins Leopard, who collaborated on a commemorative broadside given to attendees, with Grant Holcomb. | Following the ceremony, guests—among them Essie Germanow & Mildred Boylan (foreground)— enjoyed a reception in the Vanden Brul Pavilion.

Photos by Adam Fenster.

100 Year Gala: A Celestial Centennial

On Saturday, October 5, 2013, guests celebrated MAG’s 100th anniversary with dinner at the Genesee Valley Club and dancing and entertainment at MAG.

First row: Gala chair Margaret Burns (center) with co-chairs Maureen Dobies (left) & Gail Riggs (right). | Bruce Gianniny, Dana Gianniny, MAG Board of Managers president Jim Durfee, MAG director Grant Holcomb, Joanne Gianniny, Cindy Gianniny, Mark Gianniny, Gayle Stiles & Bob Stiles. | Alan Cameros, Bob Witmer, Peggy Boucher, Dan Myers & Ted Boucher.

Second row: Malcolm Spaull, Elaine Spaull, Andy Gallina & Karen Gallina. | Lori Van Dusen & Ron Boillat. | Kathy Cleary & Barbara Nino.

Third row: McLean Bulmer, Neal Burns, Samantha Johnson, Sarah Wille & Zach Burns | Guests entering through the original Gallery entrance. | In the Fountain Court, signing the guest book.

Fourth row: Chelsea Fay, Taylor Edwards, Kimberly (Kima) Emerson & Yue (Yuxi) Liu pose with the Centennial Charms collection that they designed as students at RIT’s School for American Crafts.Sales of the charms, which were inspired by works in the Gallery’s collection, benefit MAG. | UR’s Midnight Ramblers performed in the auditorium. | Members of UR’s After Hours, who also performed, led the dancing in the Vanden Brul Pavilion.

Bottom row: Joanna Grosodonia, Michael Grosodonia & Emille Allen admire Statue of Venus Obliterated by Infinity Nets, one of two Centennial acquisitions. | Judith G. Levy’s interactive installation Memory Cloud intrigued guests, including Christopher Amann & Rola Rashid. | In the M&T Bank Ballroom, guests danced away the evening to the sounds of Twilight Band.

Photos by Ria Tafani.

Centennial Sculpture Park Ribbon Cutting

On May 22, UR President Joel Seligman, MAG Director Grant Holcomb and MAG Board President James Durfee welcomed more than 300 special guests and members of the media to Centennial Sculpture Park for a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony. Pictured are Gateways to Art Campaign co-chair Andy Gallina, donors Bob and Joanne Gianniny, donor Georgia Gosnell, artist Albert Paley, Mayor Tom Richards, Katie LaShomb representing Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, James Durfee, Joel Seligman, Grant Holcomb, County Executive Maggie Brooks, donor Joan Feinbloom, artist Wendell Castle, artist Jackie Ferrara, artist Tom Otterness, Gateways to Art Campaign co-chair Charlotte Herrera, and Centennial Sculpture Park designer Mark Bayer. watch a video
Top row: The skies threatened, but the rain held off. | Wendell Castle, Albert Paley, Jackie Ferrara and Tom Otterness at the ceremony. | Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, MAG Board President Jim Durfee, Rochester Mayor Tom Richards, UR President Joel Seligman, Katie LaShomb representing Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, and Director Grant Holcomb.

Second row: Joan Feinbloom and Wendell Castle. | Joel Seligman, Robin Gosnell Travers, Georgia Gosnell and Grant Holcomb. | Bob Stiles, Gayle Stiles, Grant Holcomb, Joanne Gianniny, Bob Gianniny, Bruce Gianniny and Dana Gianniny.

Third row: Mary Ann King, Sandy Hawks Lloyd and Marianne Leahy. | Trish Cutting and Dave McDonald. | Mary Sue Jack and Sandy Koon.

Photos by Adam Fenster (top row center, top row right, second row left); Richard P. Wersinger (all others).

Cabaret Evening: The Polite Abductress


Premiere of the Polite AbductressOn Friday, April 12, a sellout crowd celebrated the MAG Centennial with French food, wine and entertainment. Centerpiece of the evening was the debut of a two-act operetta, The Polite Abductress, composed for the occasion by Douglas Lowry, the Joan and Martin Messenger Dean of the Eastman School of Music. Pictured at right: The abductress Emmanuelle (Natasha Drake) and her maid (Liz Lang) plot against the blindfolded Henri (Tom Lehman), who has made a fortune selling subprime mortgages.

Top row: Marion Swett Robinson, Al Swett, Laura Swett (event co-chair), Michael Grosodonia and Joanna Grosodonia (event co-chair)  |   Jeff Metzger, Robin Hamilton, Kathy Cleary, Mark Cleary and Barbara Nino  |  Brian Thompson, Elinor Lerner, Dr. Hobart Lerner, Debby Wilson, Charlie Owens, Jennifer Leonard.

Second row: Vince Buzard, Theresa Mazzullo, Don Mazzullo and Ann Burr  |  Natalie Ciccone, Dr. Richard Ciccone, Regina Macadam and Steve Macadam  |  Director of MAG advancement Joe Carney (standing) chats with (from left) Marcia Lowry, Meredith Lowry, Bill Lowry and Polite Abductress composer Doug Lowry.

Third row: John and Gwen Greene  |  Karen and Andy Gallina  |  Vickie and Jim Durfee.

Bottom row: John and Kathy D’Amanda  | Collene Burns, Neal Burns and Samantha Johnson  |  Bev Pickering, Mary Sue Jack, Elsbeth Kozel and Judie Van Bramer.

Photos by Ria Tafani.

Dr. Eric Kandel signs copies of The Age of Insight

Nobel Laureate Opens
Centennial Lecture Series

On November 15, 2012, Nobel Laureate Dr. Eric Kandel gave an entertaining lecture on his new book, The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the PresentAt left: Kandel signed copies of his book for the sellout crowd.

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