Below is a selection of press releases about Memorial Art Gallery exhibitions and programs. Members of the media who would like additional information or publication-quality images should contact the public relations office.

We will gladly offer access to the museum to support press work related to MAG and its collections, please contact MAG’s Director of Marketing & Engagement to coordinate admission.


  • #BlackLivesMatter

    The Memorial Art Gallery is an arts organization that acquires, cares for, and exhibits art. Through art, we tell stories that reflect, challenge, and celebrate life and cultures. As such, we are inexorably linked to the events that surround us. We don’t want to imagine what our world would be like if a despicable act…

  • Art Embraces the Struggle

    ART EMBRACES THE STRUGGLE TO MAKE SENSE OF OURSELVES AND THE WORLD AROUND US by Jonathan P. Binstock, Ph.D.Mary W. and Donald R. Clark Director March 16th, only days after MAG closed to the public because of COVID-19 and only days before all non-essential staff would be required to work from home, our curatorial and…

  • A Message from the Director

    As Rochester’s art museum, the Memorial Art Gallery has a special role to play in our community, and it is a role that has been energized since 1913 by the love, passion, and commitment of generations of people. Today I am especially grateful for MAG’s committed Board of Managers and volunteers, our dedicated staff, and…

  • Memorial Art Gallery to Temporarily Close to the Public in Response to COVID-19

    ROCHESTER, NY, March 13, 2020— After consulting with a number of cultural leaders of institutions comparable to MAG in the Rochester region, it has become clear that closing our organizations is the best course of action for our community. We are all committed to the health and wellness of our staff, volunteers, and visitors, and…

  • Memorial Art Gallery to Present a Season of Women in Honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment

    The Memorial Art Gallery is pleased to announce the presentation of a Season of Women in celebration and commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s right to vote. Throughout the Season, which includes Women’s History Month, MAG will prominently feature the work of female artists recently…

  • Memorial Art Gallery to Present Chitra Ganesh: Sultana’s Dream

    The Memorial Art Gallery (MAG) is pleased to announce the exhibition of a recent major acquisition, Sultana’s Dream, a portfolio of 27 linotypes by the Indian-American artist Chitra Ganesh. On view in MAG’s Lockhart Gallery from February 28 through June 14, 2020, Sultana’s Dream (2018) was inspired by Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain’s early 20th-century story of…

  • Memorial Art Gallery Presents the Rochester Premiere of Giverny I (NÉGRESSE IMPÉRIALE) by Ja’Tovia Gary

    The Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester (MAG) is pleased to present Ja’Tovia Gary: Giverny I (NÉGRESSE IMPÉRIALE). Ja’Tovia Gary is an American artist and filmmaker whose work interrogates the ways in which visual and media cultures shape our perceptions around race, gender, and specifically Blackness. Her poignant and distinctive visual language combines…

  • Memorial Art Gallery to Present The Path to Paradise: Judith Schaechter’s Stained-Glass Art

    The Memorial Art Gallery (MAG) of the University of Rochester is pleased to present The Path to Paradise: Judith Schaechter’s Stained-Glass Art, the first survey and major scholarly assessment of this groundbreaking artist’s 37-year career. Organized by the Memorial Art Gallery of the University ofRochester, the exhibition will be on view in Rochester from February…

  • Memorial Art Gallery to present Rochester Americana: The Watercolors of Karal Ann Marling

    The Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester is pleased to present the exhibition Rochester Americana: The Watercolors of Karal Ann Marling, on view in the Lockhart Gallery from August, 2 – October 27, 2019. Drawing on her illustrious career as a scholar of American art and popular culture, the watercolor paintings of Karal…

  • Master of French Art Nouveau: A Major Alphonse Mucha Exhibition Comes to the Memorial Art Gallery

    The Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester is pleased to present the exhibition Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau, on view from October 13, 2019–January 19, 2020. Mucha (1860–1939) was the most prominent artist of the decorative style known as French Art Nouveau. His portrayals of elegant women and elaborate use of color…