The best parties where you least expect them!

When was the last time you were at MAG? Sixth Grade Field Trip? We’ve got many reasons to come back. Check here for news on our popular themed activities and events, featuring the coolest DJ’s in town; art scavenger hunts; hands-on creative projects; and food and drink for purchase.

MAG DeTOUR℠

Third Thursdays
We offer 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 amazing personal lives of artists, the inspiration and method to their madness, and lesser-known facts about some of the works in our collection. Each tour includes activities, personal connections, and mind-blowing facts! Learn more

Celebration Days

Several times each year, the Memorial Art Gallery opens its doors and offers Rochester area families and community members the opportunity to learn more about specific cultures. Suggested donation $5 per group. Learn more

$5 Fridays

Our $5 Fridays will be postponed through December 2020. Learn more


Artist Talk with Kota Ezawa and Jonathan Binstock

In Case You Missed It

Kota Ezawa’s (b. 1969) work explores the appropriation and mediation of current events and images, referencing sources from the news, art history, and popular culture. Ezawa has been well-known for creating light-boxes, videos, and works on paper that distill found images into his signature pared-down, flattened style. Currently on view at MAG is his light box, John and Yoko from The History of Photography Remix (2005). This event coincides with the installation of Ezawa’s Nan and Brian in Bed from The History of Photography Remix (2013) at the George Eastman Museum and the exhibition KOTA EZAWA: Taking a Knee which includes his video National Anthem (2019) and related works on paper at Deborah Ronnen Fine Art (on view from September 26 through November 7 at R1 Studio, 1328b University Ave). Join MAG Director Jonathan Binstock who will talk with Kota about his art, sharing examples including videos through the Zoom webinar format, and fielding questions from the Zoom audience. The event was free.


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Cocktails with Creatives

Cocktails with Creatives

Thursday, February 6, 2020 | 5:30-8:30 pm | 21+ event | PURCHASE TICKETS

Cocktails with Creatives brings fun, passionate people together to share their ideas, works, thoughts, and love of the arts with the Rochester community and beyond.

This 21+ event will feature drinks, music, and mingling with Christy Roushey of The House of Roushey, John Bertolone Art, and Quajay Donnell. Hear each speak about their perspectives on art and the local community.

This “creative” cocktail hour will feature one complimentary drink for guests, complimentary hors d’oeuvres from Brown Hound, a look at the works in our collection via our Creatives Scavenger Hunt, and an opportunity to meet other Rochester Creatives like our guest MC and Cocktails with Creatives alum, John Magnus Champlin.

$15 tickets/$17 at the door day of. Includes museum admission.


Bowie Bash

Bowie Birthday Bash – Star Man

Friday, January 17, 2020 | 6-9 pm | $10

Join us and celebrate the Starman, in all his incarnations and all his talents. Come dressed for the occasion, Judges David Cowles and @dellarious will offer prizes for “best dressed.” The Mega Musically Minded Bill Sauer will be tie-breaker judge of the Contest. Save the date for next year: 1/15/21.

Prizes from
Brown Hound Downtown | @Dellarious | MAG Membership | Record Archive | Red Fern | Restaurant Fiorella | Statement Boutique

Creative Bowie-themed refreshments and drinks available to purchase from Brown Hound Downtown. Bowie Birthday Cake while it lasts, but also, Brown Hound will be selling desserts too!

The charming Leighann Howland will be in the Pavilion for some violin Bowie as you enter the Bash.

Fun for all ages | “Some cat was layin’ down some get it on Rock and Roll” | DJ FrizB will be there to move you! | All Proceeds to benefit the Memorial Art Gallery


Kocktails with Kalup

Kalup and Adrian

Thursday, November 21, 2019 | 6-8:30 pm

Kocktails with Kalup + Gatekeeper Adrian / Meet-and-Greet at 6 pm + Illustrated Talk at 7 pm

Conversations wit de Churen V: As da Art World Might Turn is at the center of theatrical content that challenges gender norms and connects audiences through cultural trends of the early 2000s. Meet the artist behind this iconic film, Kalup Linzy, and hear an illustrated talk about the artist’s process, inspiration, and related works, accompanied by artist, organizer, filmmaker, and founder of Rochester Black Pride, Gatekeeper Adrian. The meet-and-greet in the Pavilion from 6-7 pm will be free and open to the public, and Brown Hound Downtown will provide complimentary appetizers and a cash bar serving beer, wine, and soft drinks. The talk will begin at 7 pm in the Auditorium and will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.

KALUP LINZY IMAGE CREDIT: Melissa Lukenbaugh and Tulsa Artist Fellowship