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.

Dudes, Nudes, and Broods DeTOUR℠

Thursday, December 16, 2021 | 6-7 PM | Purchase Tickets Here

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.


Past DeTOURS℠

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.


MAGsocial DeTOUR℠ – Making Scents of Art

Thursday, May 20, 2021

MAGsocial DeTOUR

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.


Virtual DeTOUR℠ – Artstrology 101

Thursday, May 13, 2021 | WATCH THE RECORDED VIDEO

Artstrology 101

With the Sun in Taurus and the moon in Gemini on May 13th, it is the ideal time to focus on something new, fun, and exciting – like a MAGsocial Virtual DeTOUR℠. The planets indicate you should learn about their influence on the lives of artists in MAG’s collection and also what they could mean for your future plans. Join apprentice astrologer Aries Cherry and MAG’s Lauren Tagliaferro, Cancer, and Jessica Gasbarre, Libra, as they chart star signs, share fun facts about astrology in the collection, and spill the tea on tales of Star-crossed artists.


Special Super Secret DeTOUR℠ of MAG Storage

Thursday April 22, 2021Super Secret Storage DeTOUR

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℠, Courtney DiMartino, MAG Permanent Collection Registrar (aka MAG Secret Agent of the arts) will guide us through the winding halls of MAG Storage 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!


MAGsocial DeTOUR℠ – Meme Me at MAG | DOUBLE HEADER!

Thursday April 29, 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℠ – Wonders of Warhol

Thursday, March 25, 2021Wonders of Warhol

We’re going back in time for this groovy night of fun with friends. Join MAG Director Jonathan Binstock, a self-avowed Warholian, as he channels the weirdness of the King of Pop for an exclusive, intimate experience through MAG’s collection and #seasonofwarhol. This DeTOUR will focus on Andy’s life, style, and his lasting influence.

shown far right: Warhol Wheatpaste (detail) 2020, The Public Market by Dellarious.


MAGsocial DeTOUR℠ – Badass Babes

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Badass Babes of MAG

On this MAGsocial DeTOUR℠ in honor of Women’s History Month, we will celebrate the women in our collection who made MAGnificent muses, painted perfect portraits, and who altered our perceptions of feminism, the art world, and who fought to give women the rights of agency. We will 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 l-r: Emilio Fiaschi, Italian (1858 – 1941), Standing Woman; Angela Ellsworth, Seer Bonnet XVI (Sarah Ann), 2010-11; Mickalene Thomas, Portrait of Qusuquzah #6, 2015; Francesco Solimena, The Triumph of Judith, 1704-1708; Kathleen McEnery Cunningham, Woman in an Ermine Collar, 1909.


MAGsocial DeTOUR℠ – Meme Me at MAG

Thursday, February 18, 2021

DeTOUR with Quajay

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.

Space is limited.

Masks are required.


MAGsocial DeTOUR℠ – It’s Lit(erature)

Thursday, January 14, 2021

LIT DeTOUR

It has been said that “Reading a good book is like taking journey,” and what better place to explore in the dregs of winter than the warmth of the Memorial Art Gallery? On this MAGsocial DeTOUR℠ we are getting cozy with some favorite reads from The Secondhand Librarian aka Taylor Thomas*. Taylor will talk us through some of her most loved (and hated) books as we pair prose with our paintings and enjoy art inspired by literature. Get ready to be part of the coolest book club ever!

*Taylor Thomas is the owner of The Secondhand Librarian. What started as a hobby of hers has blossomed into a small business that has been such a wonderful experience. Taylor loves sharing her love of reading with her community. Taylor grew up in the DMV and was always getting in trouble for reading books at the table or sneaking a book with her to bed, reading way past lights out. She moved to Rochester about three years ago because of her wonderful husband and has since come to think of Rochester as her home. It’s such a great city, thriving with creativity and community and she is so grateful to be a part of that. While Secondhand is currently a one-woman show, operating out of her one-bedroom apartment in Park Ave, Taylor is hoping to eventually open up a storefront in Rochester to have a third space for readers and creatives alike. So, come and join us at the MAG as we talk books, art, and memes…the only three things Taylor actually ever talks about.

shown left top: Thomas W. Dewing, Portrait in a Brown Dress (detail), ca. 1908; left bottom: M. M. Manchester, Judge and Mrs. Arthur Yates (detail),ca. 1840.