Select Friday

Make MAG your Friday night destination on Select Friday! On select Fridays from 5 to 9 pm, enjoy discounted museum admission and evening access to our world-class art collection, shop THE STORE @ MAG, indulge in food and drink specials at Brown Hound Downtown, and participate in ARTsocial. Each Select Friday will feature something different—live music, film screenings, tours of the collection, or lectures. Admission to the museum is free for members, University faculty, staff, and students with a University ID.


UP NEXT: Friday, December 10, 2021

General Tickets | Member Tickets

Also included in Select Friday activities:

  • Take a tour with Shawn Dunwoody and learn about his new piece on view in the Cameros Gallery, Unfinished Business (2021) | 6-6:20 pm, 6:35-6:55 pm, and 7:10-7:30 pm (Included with museum admission. Let the Admission Desk know upon arrival that you would like to join a tour)
  • Listen to DJ Khalil Womack in the Vanden Brul Pavilion 5:30-8:30 pm (Free)
  • Participate in ARTsocial ($20)—Create a mini mural by illustrating your favorite thought or expressing a vision important to you. Students will use abstract shapes, markers, and watercolor pencils, and collage in their murals.
  • Indulge in food and drink specials at Brown Hound Downtown
  • Shop THE STORE @ MAG

ABOUT SHAWN DUNWOODY

Shawn Dunwoody is an artist and community art activist who describes himself as a “multi-disciplinary creative force for change.” An artist who is making a major impact in Rochester, in 2020 he was awarded City Newspaper’s Best Local Artist, Best Local Muralist, Best Art Exhibit, and was a runner up for Best Local Humanitarian.

During the summer of 2020, the city commissioned Dunwoody’s ambitious Black Lives Matter project, The Empire Strikes Black, which completely transformed Rochester’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park. Dunwoody used over 100 gallons of black paint to cover all surfaces of the built-in amphitheater, turning this public space into an interactive space for creative expression, healing, and communication. The Rochester community collaborated with Dunwoody, using chalk on the stark black surfaces, to share their ideas, voice their protests, and spread messages of positivity and hope.

Dunwoody’s influence is visible throughout the city of Rochester, where he is known for his innovative community-building projects and murals.

ABOUT UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Unfinished Business, Shawn Dunwoody

In the early months of 2021, Shawn Dunwoody reflected upon Rochester’s protests of the previous summer in response to the death of Daniel Prude, who died as a result of having been in the custody of Rochester police. The details of Prude’s death were made public not long after the nationwide protests following the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd earlier that year, the most recent in a long list of Black women and men killed by police in the United States.

From left to right, Dunwoody composed a horizontal image derived from photos of the civil rights unrest and protests in Rochester in 1964 and again in 2020. At the center, flanked on both sides by the turmoil of these protests, the artist shows himself in the early summer of 2020 painting a mural on Scio Street in downtown Rochester with the simple and stark message: “Enough.” At the time, Dunwoody tweeted a photo of this mural with the words, “400+ years have been enough. Hopefully some can start to see the truth #blacklivesmatter.”

As Dunwoody completed this four-panel painting in the winter of 2021, a grand jury declined to charge any of the officers involved in Prude’s death, and in a completely separate incident, police handcuffed and pepper sprayed a nine-year-old Black girl in Rochester. The nature of Dunwoody’s large scale work—a dynamic and intense drawing on canvas—suggests a painting that is incomplete. His rough and energetic preparatory drawing highlights the frustrations of Black Americans’ ongoing quest for equality, and now stands as the finished work.

above: Unfinished Business (2021), acrylic paint on canvas, on loan from the artist