On February 16, 550 visitors enjoyed music and dance performances and family art activities at this year’s Black History Month Family Day. Top row from left: Poet Reenah Golden (in boots) led Black Coffee, a music-infused performance featuring musicians Jimmie Highsmith Jr., Steve Humphrey, Denise Reese and members of Forward Movement. Visitors got into the act at a dance workshop by FuturPointe Dance. Members of “Africa en America Latina,” from Avenue D Recreation Center, performed in the Pavilion. Second row from left: The Creative Workshop hosted a “Paint Your History” art activity. Students from Urban Performing Arts Center put on the Motown Musical Review. Johnnie Lee Smith painted portraits; his subject here is Lutonya Highsmith. Photos by Larry Merrill.
On October 27, nearly 1,500 visitors enjoyed art activities and music and dance performances at the Gallery’s annual Hispanic/Latino Heritage Family Day. Top row from left: Abdel Albino demonstrating the cuatro guitar; Rochester Latino Theater Company performing “Mi casa es su casa”; mask making in the Creative Workshop. Second row from left: Performers from Tapa Lotl Mexican Dance; filmmaker Ricardo Arnaiz, who splits his time between San Diego and Puebla, Mexico, speaking on his animated film El Americano (release date March 2014); dancers from Chile Lindo. Photos by Brandon K. Vick.
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.
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