Live Auction Pre-Bid
An Artists’ Affair | Featured Artists
Welcome to the opportunity of your dreams! This is the chance to pre-bid on an experience of a lifetime. We have four distinct and unique opportunities for you to bid on. Your winning bid will help continue open access and opportunities to experience everything that MAG has to offer.
Please note: in the instance of our receiving two or more identical pre-bids for a lot, the earliest bid received shall be deemed the winner.
Private Dinner for Six at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Historic Boynton House
Fair Market Value: $2,500
Starting Bid: $2,000
You and five of your friends have a dinner date with architectural history. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie School masterpiece, the Boynton House, is a meticulously restored treasure on Rochester’s East Blvd. Arrive at 5 PM for a tour lead by Jane Parker and Fran Cosentino, the home’s owners since 2009. They’ve dedicated themselves to conserving this vintage 1908 homestead according to the highest standards. Following drinks and hors d’oeuvres (in the living room, on the front porch, or on the back patio if weather permits), dinner will be served in the main dining room—a signature Frank Lloyd Wright space fit for a museum. Chat and eat in a chapel to American vision, ingenuity and creativity, with tables, chairs, lamps, built-in furniture, and stained-glass windows all designed specifically for the room by the master.
The date should be mutually convenient for all, an evening May through October (September and October preferred). A trusted caterer will be selected by your hosts, Jane and Fran, who will dine with you and answer all your questions about Frank Lloyd Wright and the painstaking and burdensome process of returning this architectural gem to its original splendor. No children, please.
A Renaissance Evening Fit for a King or Queen—Step Back in Time at the Memorial Art Gallery
Fair Market Value: $7,500
Starting Bid: $6,000
Begin the evening in the Vanden Brul Pavilion, where Lord Jonathan and Lady Ann will welcome you and introduce the night’s festivities. You and your nine guests will then be given a behind-the-scenes tour of the Memorial Art Gallery, including an exclusive after-hours visit to the new Docent Gallery and whatever else you’d like to see. The night is yours! After being escorted to our Renaissance Gallery, enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres while strolling among timeless art and period music. You and your guests will then adjourn to the Gallery’s extraordinary Fountain Court, with its extraordinary vintage Italian Baroque organ, where you will dine with your noble hosts while enjoying music and the shenanigans of the Court Jester. If weather permits, the evening will conclude with a farewell toast given by the Lord and Lady from the front steps of the Memorial Art Gallery.
Wendell Castle’s Studio Assistant for the Day
Fair Market Value: $2,500
Starting Bid: $1,000
Apprentice yourself to the extraordinary Wendell Castle, one of the few artists alive who can lay claim to having spearheaded a new and distinct category of artistic creativity. Théodore Géricault had Romanticism, Camille Pissarro pioneered Impressionism, Pablo Picasso invented Cubism—Wendell Castle is the father of the Art Furniture movement. A master furniture maker, designer, sculptor, and educator, Wendell is now in the sixth decade of a prolific career that began in 1958—one that parallels the emergence and growth of the American studio craft movement. The Memorial Art Gallery was the first museum to acquire a work by Wendell. Now you can help him make a work for the latest museum to acquire. Learn the basics of his signature stack-lamination technique. Help run the computer-driven robot; sand and stain to your heart’s content. Or perhaps sit quietly with the artist and bond over the design phase, when it’s all pencil, paper, and hand-carving polyurethane models. Art changes the way people see the world. Spend a morning or afternoon with Wendell, including lunch, and you’ll never see the world the same way again.
Lunch with President Joel Seligman
Fair Market Value: $350
Starting Bid: $250
Looking for a power lunch? How about a person who can engage you on so many topics, from financial securities law to current events or the state of the humanities in our culture. Bid on lunch for you and five guests to enjoy with Joel Seligman in his home, The Witmer House! President and CEO, and G. Robert Witmer, Jr. University Professor of the University of Rochester, Joel is one of the great conversationalists of western New York. How can the humanities play a greater role in civic life, public and higher education? What does the future of Rochester look like, and how will the University play a role? When thinking about topics for discussion, do as President Seligman does: be bold! As your friends at MAG implore you: bid high!