Extreme Materials 2

Extreme Materials 2

works from Extreme Materials 2

October 23, 2011–January 15, 2012 in the Grand Gallery

In the hands of today’s artists, even the most mundane of materials—from blood to bandages to bicycle parts—can be repurposed as art that is sometimes beautiful, often challenging and always thought-provoking.

This sequel to Extreme Materials, MAG’s wildly popular 2006 exhibition, showcases 41 artists from the US, Canada, England and Germany. Their spectacular works, most from the past five years, include a room-sized structure built of Neutrogena soap; an installation created entirely from preserved insects; a nightgown made of condoms; and a Byzantine mosaic recreated in breakfast cereal. complete list of artists

Like its precursor, Extreme Materials 2 invites you to exercise your imagination and open your mind.

This exhibition is sponsored by M&T Bank, MVP Health Care, the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery and an anonymous donor.

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see pictures of artists installing their work

Opening Party

Saturday, October 22, 8 to 11 pm

Celebrate Extreme Materials 2 with extreme music, food and fun! The exhibition opening features dynamic choreography by PUSH Physical Theatre; the unique sounds of the accordion and saw duo Dreamland Faces; and Improvised jazz by Margaret Explosion. Max at the Gallery will serve dinner from 5 to 9 pm and offer cocktails, coffee, snacks and desserts for purchase throughout the evening.

Tickets are $25 at the door; free to MAG members at Supporter level and above. Call 585.276.8939 or register here (members only).

Special thanks to party sponsors ABVI Goodwill, Rochester Fashion Week, Max at the Gallery, Southern Wine and Spirits of Upstate New York, Inc., Philipson Group, Mercury Print Productions, Inc., University of Rochester Organ Transplant: Donate Life!, and City Newspaper.

Artists on Site

Several artists will be at MAG installing works for Extreme Materials 2, and two will be working in the galleries for visitors to watch. see pictures
• October 5–8: Jennifer Angus will be installing Creature Comforts from preserved insects in the Lockhart Gallery. She’ll also speak on October 9 (above).
• October 15–16: Nick Kozak will be creating Ecosystem from plastic Chinese soup spoons in the Forman Gallery.


(included in Gallery admission)
• Sunday, October 9 at 2 pm: Artist Jennifer Angus
• Sunday, October 16 at 2 pm: Artist Danielle Julian Norton
• Sunday, October 23 at 2 pm: Artist Brian Dettmer
• Thursday, November 17 at 7 pm: Exhibition curator Marie Via

Lectures underwritten by The Anne Hayden McQuay Endowed Fund (Jennifer Angus and Danielle Julian Norton) and the Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Endowment and the River Campus Libraries (Brian Dettmer).

Especially for Educators

Wednesday, October 26, 4:30–7 pm; $30 (registration required)

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Pictured: Jennifer Maestre, Kraken (2008).  Colored pencils and thread.   Mark Khaisman, Lydmila (2009). Packing tape on Plexiglas.   Rosemarie Fiore, Firework Drawing #9 (2009). Lit firework residue on Fabriano paper.

College Night

• Thursday, November 17, 5 to 9 pm; free to college students with ID (half price admission all others)

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Family Day

Sunday, November 20, noon to 5 pm; free

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Docent-Led Exhibition Tours

(included in Gallery admission)

  • Sunday, October 23, 1, 2 and 3 pm
  • Fridays, October 28–January 13, 2 pm
  • Sundays, October 30–January 15, 1 pm (Gallery closed December 25 and January 1)