On June 30, more than 2,000 people enjoyed perfect summer weather at a family day celebrating MAG’s new Centennial Sculpture Park. Among the highlights were storytelling by Almeta Whitis, music by Trinidad and Tobago Steel Band, a performance by Futurpointe Dance, and special activities hosted by event partners Lollypop Farm and Writers & Books. Pictured at right: Airigami created this balloon sculpture inspired by MAG’s painting Young Priestess.
Special thanks to event sponsors Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC and Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. and to media sponsor WXXI.
On April 23, members of the Gallery’s Georgia O’Keeffe and Claude Monet Societies gathered at Albert Paley’s Rochester studio for a reception and sneak preview of the artist’s latest project. Paley on Park Ave is an outdoor exhibition of 13 new works that opens June 29 at various locations along Park Avenue in midtown Manhattan. It will remain on view through November 9, 2013.
It’s been a busy year for Paley. He’ll soon begin fabrication of Soliloquy, a 25-foot stainless steel sculpture that greets visitors at MAG’s Goodman Street entrance. It’s the last of four site-specific installations commissioned for Centennial Sculpture Park. learn more
Above left: Paley and director Grant Holcomb address the gathering, with a sketch of Soliloquy as backdrop. Above right: Guests at the event, which was held in the artist’s massive workspace.
Four recent family days celebrated diverse cultures with music and dance performances, art talks, storytelling and hands-on art activities.
The family days, which together attracted more than 3,000 visitors, included three annual events marking Hispanic Heritage Month (October 7, 2012), Kwanzaa (December 28, 2012) and Black History Month (February 24, 2013). The fourth, Native American Family Day (December 2, 2012), was presented in conjunction with the exhibition Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3.
Top row: At Hispanic/Latino Heritage Family Day, students from English Village Elementary School presented the Mexican folktale Cuckoo, Chile Lindo gave a dance presentation, and performers explored the music of this year’s “spotlight country” in Cuba in Black & White. Photos by Brandon K. Vick.
Middle row, left and left center: At Native American Family Day, Daystar Dance Company presented Allegory of the Cranes and Ganondagan’s Spirit Dancers led an interactive workshop. Photos by Peck Babcock.
Middle row, right center and right: At Kwanzaa Family Day, Dr. David Anderson led the opening ceremony and storyteller Almeta Whitis gave a presentation. Photos by Peck Babcock.
Bottom row: At Black History Month Family Day, the performers included Fifteenth Tabernacle Acappella Choir, Jimmie Highsmith Jr., and Reuben Tapp and Keyanna Coley in Kuumba Consultants’ ABCs of Afro-Rochester Black History. Photos by Peck Babcock.
On May 6, 2012, more than 900 visitors were on hand for the Gallery’s annual celebration of Asian cultures and art. They enjoyed children’s art activities, storytelling, a family friendly art talk, cultural displays, and music and dance workshops and performances by Asian community groups. Pictured are (top row) cultural display by the Pakistani American Society of Rochester, drumming demonstration by the Rochester Korean American Association, performance by the Lao Harmony Dancers; (bottom row) performance by dancers from the Karen Association, music presentation by the Chinese School of Rochester, and performance by the Taiwanese Association of Rochester.
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