DeTOURS℠ at MAG

DeTOUR℠ tickets include museum admission. Space is limited.
Read more about our tour guide Jessica Gasbarre.

Under MAGsocial, we are conducting a monthly DeTOUR℠ on the third Thursday of each month. DeTOURs℠ are an exclusive themed tour that is both engaging and entertaining. These tours focus on some of the amazing personal lives of artists, the inspiration and method to their creativity, and lesser-known facts about some of the works in our collection. Each tour includes activities, personal connections, and mind-blowing facts! And, upping our MAG DeTOUR℠ game, we are now including some Rochester Rocstar guest Tour Guides.

Banner image for the June DeTOUR, featuring two photos of people doing yoga in front of MAG.

Mindfulness MAG DeTOUR℠

Thursday, June 16 | 6-7:15 pm | BUY TICKETS

Contemplation. Relaxation. Stimulation. These words are all associated with the harmony of art and the amity of yoga. On this special MAGsocial DeTOUR℠, we combine art and yoga and give you an evening of mindfulness, meditation, and more at MAG with Yoga Instructor Linda Lawrence. We will stroll through our Museum grounds, focusing on works portraying balance, awareness, perseverance, and perspective while releasing tension and reducing stress.

Please bring your yoga mat and water, and wear comfortable clothing. In case of rain, we will move yoga indoors.


Past DeTOURS℠

Making Scents of Art DeTOUR℠

Thursday, May 19 | 6-7:30 pm | CANCELLED

Though art tries to engage all the senses, scent is often overlooked. Scent has a very strong link to memory and connects to the emotional regions of the brain more directly than other senses. On this enhanced MAGsocial DeTOUR℠ we are teaming up with our friends from Scents by Design to give you an immersive experience that will dazzle your eyes and your nose. The DeTOUR℠ will start out at Scents by Design where you will be able to make your own unique candle based on your favorite fragrances and then we will head over to MAG where we will look at works of art and imagine what aromas (or odors) the artists were trying to convey.

Join us for a night of fun as we make sweet (or floral or citrusy or woodsy) memories that will linger in your living room and last in your brain.

Image credits: Candlestick Figure, 14th Century, Unknown, Italian; Christina Julian by Formless Photography; Still Life with Goblet and Fruit, 1871, Helena Searle Pattison (aka Helen Searle); The Bay of Estaque Seen from the East (La Baie de l’Estaque vue de l’est), ca. 1878-1882, Paul Cézanne


Another Little DeTOUR banner image.

Another Little DeTOUR℠

Thursday, April 21 | 6-7 pm

Art and cinema go hand-in-hand, as every movie has costumes, set design, hair, and make-up artfully applied to enhance the film. On this MAGsocial DeTOUR℠, we are again teaming up with our animated friend, Scott Pukos, from The Little Theatre to frame the role that art plays in movies and to examine which movies have inspired art. We will share fun facts from all your favorite films, actors who are also artists and art collectors, and we will highlight The Little’s upcoming movie season. We will also sprinkle in movie trivia!

Image Credits: George Condo, The Clown, 2010, a photo of Scott Pukos, Fritz Trautmann, Galaxy, 1942


Badass Babes DeTOUR℠

Thursday, March 17 | 6-7 pm

In honor of Women’s History Month, this MAGsocial DeTOUR℠ will celebrate the women in our collection who made MAGnificent muses, painted perfect portraits, and altered our perceptions of feminism, the art world, and who fought to give women the rights of agency. We will talk about lesser-known heroines, reveal the secret lives of females from our past, share fun facts about present-day artists, and celebrate all the wonders women have provided the art world and beyond. We hope you’ll leave feeling proud, inspired, and also unashamed of your unshaven legs (that’s the best part about winter #amirite)!

Shown (left to right): Alison Saar, Maquette for “Swing Low”, 2007; Francesco Solimena, The Triumph of Judith, 1704-1708; Hung Liu, Three Fujins, 1995; Mickalene Thomas, Portrait of Qusuquzah #6, 2015; Bernard Duvivier, Cleopatra Captured by Roman Soldiers after the Death of Mark Antony, 1789


Meme Me at MAG DeTOUR℠

Thursday, February 17, 2022 | 6-7 PM

You’ve seen his photos of murals and public art, but now you have the chance to meet him in person! Join us and Cocktails with Creatives Alum and #memesofmag aficionado, Quajay Donnell, as he teaches us about his favorite works from our collection, shares some of his award-winning photos of Rochester, and talks about his passion for public art. Tickets sell fast, so get yours today!


Special Super Secret DeTOUR℠ of MAG Storage

Thursday, January 20, 2022 | 6-7 PM

What happens to a work of art when the exhibition is over? How do paintings travel from other museums to MAG? What secret sculptures are hidden from the public eye? On this super special MAGsocial DeTOUR℠, MAG Permanent Collection Registrar Courtney DiMartino (aka MAG secret agent of the arts), will guide us through the winding halls of MAG’s art storage areas and show us some of the sacred treasures only few have seen. She will answer all of your burning questions about what it takes to restore a painting, the importance of foam (very underrated), and more. Join us for this super exclusive experience!


Dudes, Nudes, and Broods DeTOUR℠

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Art from the Renaissance includes a lot of bare and beefy butts, crazy creatures, grotesque and eerie images and MAG’s Renaissance exhibition is no exception. With all of the art and none of the pestilence of the 14th-17th century, our Renaissance Impressions: Sixteenth-Century Master Prints from the Kirk Edward Long Collection is a one-stop shop for all of the things. Join us and our Exhibition Designer, Travis Johansen, as we venture back to the days of yore.

shown: Aegidius Sadeler, Wisdom Conquers Ignorance, c. 1600, Engraving; Hendrik Goltzius, Apollo, 1588, Engraving.


All Things Dead DeTOUR℠

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Spooky season is in full swing, which means it’s the perfect time to team up with our favorite Archaeologist, Dr. Alexander J. Smith* from the Archaeological Institute of America’s Rochester Society, to dig up all the fun facts about dead objects in MAG’s collection. Alex will take us on a mind jostling journey back in time to see how people lived, died, how their bodies have been preserved, how to differentiate between a decayed piece of garbage vs. an invaluable ancient artifact, and all the mysterious/eerie/dead things he’s discovered in the field. Join us if you dare!

*Dr. Alexander J. Smith is an archaeologist and a Professor of Anthropology at SUNY Brockport where he specializes in survey and landscape archaeology, Western New York History, and colonialism in the Western Mediterranean (Iron Age to the 20th century). He is the director of Frost Town Archaeology in Naples, New York and co-director of the Torre d’en Galmes Archaeological Project in Menorca, Spain. He teaches ten different courses at SUNY Brockport, has published over a dozen articles, has done digs all around the world, can speak Italian, and in his free time he enjoys hiking, reading, opera, art, and leading DeTOURs for MAG.


Meme Me at MAG DeTOUR℠

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Meme Me at MAG

You’ve seen his photos of murals and public art, but now you have the chance to meet him in person! Join us and Cocktails with Creatives Alum and #magmeme aficionado, Quajay Donnell, as he teaches us about his favorite works from our collection, shares some of his award-winning photos of Rochester and beyond, and talks about his passion for public art.


ROC the Finger Lakes DeTOUR℠ with Amanda Chestnut

Thursday, August 19, 2021

ROC the Finger Lakes DeTOUR

Our Flower City is home to some of the best murals, festivals, and artists in the country. Every two years, Rochester’s oldest and longest-running juried exhibition showcases new work in all media by artists from Rochester and the nearby region.

Since only a small percentage of works submitted are chosen for Rochester-Finger Lakes, it remains a prestigious showcase for regional artists. Amanda Chestnut, a curator, artist, educator, arts advocate, and former Cocktails with Creatives alum was this year’s juror for the Finger Lakes exhibition, focusing on race, identity, health, memory, the environment, and the absurd.

Join us as they share their favorite works from the exhibition, pieces from MAG’s collection that they find absurd, and talk about their passion for the arts in Roc. Your DeTOUR℠ ticket includes museum admission.

Amanda’s photo by Erica Jae


Mindfulness MAG DeTOUR℠

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Mindfulness MAG DeTOUR

Contemplation. Relaxation. Stimulation. These words are all associated with the harmony of art and the amity of yoga; on this special DeTOUR℠, we are combining art and yoga to give you an evening of mindfulness, meditation, and more at MAG with Linda Lawrence. We will stroll through our Museum grounds, focusing on works portraying balance, awareness, perseverance, and perspective while releasing tension and reducing stress.

Please bring your yoga mat, water, and be sure to wear comfortable clothing. In case of rain, we will be moving the yoga indoors.


MAGsocial DeTOUR℠ – Meme Me At MAG

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Meme Me at MAG

You’ve seen his photos of murals and public art, but now you have the chance to meet him in person! Join us and Cocktails with Creatives Alum and #magmeme aficionado, Quajay Donnell, as he teaches us about his favorite works from our collection, shares some of his award-winning photos of Rochester and beyond, and talks about his passion for public art.


MAGsocial DeTOUR℠ – Care of MAGical Creatures

Thursday, June 3, 2021

MAGicalCreatures DeTOUR

The wizarding world of the Boy Who Lives meets the MAGic of Art! On this bewitching MAGsocial DeTOUR℠, we are joining forces with our Gryffindor friend, Chris Fanning from Writers and Books, to introduce you to many of the MAGical creatures of our Museum grounds, share our herbology secrets, uncover the mysteries of the future under the cover of our astronomy tower, defend against the dark arts (literally art that is dark), and more! Photos above taken BC – before COVID.