On 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, by Dean Douglas Lowry of the Eastman School of Music.
Top row: Marion Robinson Swett, 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 | Marianne Zeitlin, UR President Joel Seligman and Essie Germanow.
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.
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.
It’s been a busy year for Paley. He’ll soon begin fabrication of Soliloquy, a 25-foot stainless steel sculpture that will greet visitors starting in August 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.
More than 100 members of the Gallery Council and MAG Board of Managers attended the dedication of the renovated Renaissance Gallery on April 4, 2010. Read the story
Top row: Bernard Oseroff; Emille Allen; Pamela Miller Ness; Mary Sue Jack and Joanna Grosodonia. Middle row: Teddy Carr and Jacquie Adams; Jean France and Leaf Drake; Pam Foye; Carl Carballada, Joan Feinbloom and Bob Hursh. Bottom row: Nancy Foster Gerard; Council assistant Lynda Serafine; Deanne Molinari and Vivian Palladoro; Bev Pickering. Photos by Brandon Vick.
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