The Memorial Art Gallery opened its doors on October 8, 1913. See below for news about Centennial Sculpture Park and other projects and events which are planned to commemorate the Gallery’s 100th anniversary. project summary and updates
MAG Commissions Monumental Work by Albert Paley for Centennial Sculpture Park
Rochester sculptor Albert Paley has earned an international reputation for his ability to manipulate cold, hard metal into organic, seemingly impossible forms. Over a career spanning more than three decades, he has completed more than 60 monumental commissions for sites from Washington DC to Houston to Los Angeles. So it’s not surprising that the Memorial Art Gallery has commissioned a 25-foot stainless steel sculpture by Paley as one of the anchor installations of its planned Centennial Sculpture Park. Read the press release
Centennial Sculpture Park to Include Public Space Designed by Artist Jackie Ferrara
At the Memorial Art Gallery, the museum experience will soon start under your feet, even before you step into the building. Later this year, the Gallery will begin installing an entry plaza and walkway by New York City artist Jackie Ferrara, internationally known for richly patterned paved spaces that are designed to enhance their natural and architectural settings.
Ferrara’s work, commissioned for the Gallery’s new Centennial Sculpture Park, will join other new anchor installations by Tom Otterness and Wendell Castle, as well as outdoor sculptures already in the MAG collection. “I have long admired the work of Jackie Ferrara,” says MAG director Grant Holcomb. “Its elegance and sophistication will provide a stunning counterbalance to the Gallery’s dynamic collection of outdoor sculpture.”
Funding for the project comes from the Margaret M. McDonald Memorial Fund, with additional support from the Marion Stratton Gould Fund.
Pictured: Jackie Ferrara drawings for entry plaza “cameos.”
MAG Commissions Wendell Castle Sculpture for Centennial Sculpture Park
During more than five decades as a sculptor and furniture maker, Rochester’s own Wendell Castle has been called a “trailblazer,” “an American phenomenon,” “a leading figure in American craft” and “the father of the art furniture movement.”
The Gallery has commissioned a monumental cast-iron sculpture by Castle as one of the anchor installations of Centennial Sculpture Park, director Grant Holcomb announced on December 6. The piece (working title Unicorn Family) will measure 22 feet in diameter and consist of a gathering area with a table and three chairs and a 13-foot LED lamp. A maquette of the work (pictured) is now view in MAG’s Vanden Brul Pavilion.
The sculpture and installation are made possible by anonymous donor.
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