It Came from the Vault: Rarely Seen Works from MAG’s Collection

It Came from the Vault:
Rarely Seen Works from MAG’s Collection

Chinese Lotus ShoesMarch 17–June 9, 2013 in the Grand Gallery

A typical museum exhibits 10 percent (or less) of the objects entrusted to its care, and the Memorial Art Gallery is no exception. This exhibition is your opportunity to see works from MAG’s permanent collection that are seldom on view to the public.

The works, selected by staff and curators, include light-sensitive drawings that are infrequently shown because of their fragile nature, works that are awaiting conservation or repair or have recently undergone treatment, and odd but interesting objects that simply don’t fit any of the Gallery’s storylines.

Scores of these works will come out of the shadows—some for the first time in decades—for this unusual exhibition of hidden treasures.

In recognition of the Gallery’s centennial year, one section of It Came from the Vault celebrates the collecting legacy of MAG’s six directors.

Read about who’s who in the show

View the catalog:


This exhibition is sponsored by the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery and Dr. Anne-Marie Logan. Additional support is provided by the Herdle-Moore Fund and Dr. Vivian A. Palladoro.

Pictured: Unknown Chinese Lotus Shoes. Gift of Lewis E. Jewell.

Pictured on homepage “slider” (from top): Unknown Austrian artist, Three Glass Panels with Classical Male Figures; Daniel Arthur Allen, Sunny Ducks (1973); Kikukawa Eizan, Beauties Enjoying the Breeze with Child Treasures (19th c.); Carol Acquilano, North River, Marshfield, MA (2003); Janina Konarska,Tennis (1931).

Special events

  • Members’ Opening Party: Saturday, March 16 @ 8 pm  learn more
  • Especially for Educators: Wednesday, March 20 @ 4:30 pm learn more
  • Lecture (author William Whiting): Thursday, May 16 @ 5:30 pm learn more
  • “It Came from My Attic” collectors’ show and tell: Thursday, May 16 @ 7 pm  learn more
  • Lecture (director of exhibitions Marie Via): Thursday, May 23 @ 7 pm learn more

Exhibition tours

  • Cell phone tour: While you’re in the exhibition, use your cell phone to hear Gallery staff members talk about their selections for the show. Read the tour transcript
  • Docent-led tours: Sunday, March 17, 1, 2 & 3 pm; Fridays, March 22–June 7, 2 pm; and Sundays, March 24–June 9, 1 pm (included in Gallery admission)

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