Patron Member Parties

Ubuhle Women Patron Members’ Opening Party

Saturday, July 16 | 6-8 pm

Join us to celebrate our newest exhibition!

Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence showcases a new form of bead art, the ndwango (“cloth”), developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The black fabric on which the Ubuhle women work is reminiscent of the Xhosa headscarves and skirts which many of them grew up wearing. By stretching this textile like a canvas, the artists transform the flat cloth into a contemporary art form with colored Czech glass beads. Ubuhle means “beauty” in the Xhosa and Zulu languages and it describes the shimmering quality of light on glass that for the Xhosa people has a particular spiritual significance.

At this party, you can enjoy:

Members-Only Hours

Saturday, July 16 | 11 am-5 pm

If you can’t join us for the evening party, we’re offering all MAG members exclusive access to the Docent Gallery to view Ubuhle Women before it opens to the public.

For questions or assistance, please email or call 585-276-8901.


Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence was developed by the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, Washington, DC in cooperation with Curators Bev Gibson, Ubuhle Beads, and James Green, and is organized for tour by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

In Rochester, the exhibition is sponsored by the Rubens Family Foundation and Nocon & Associates, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Funding is also provided by the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery, Paul Marc and Pamela Miller Ness, and Marion Swett Robinson, with additional support from FULL MEA5URE, Caitlin and Benn Kireker, Partners + Napier, Mary Ellen Burris, Mary Goldman Crowe, Carolyn Ettinger, Dr. Mattie Alleyne, Barbara, Daniel, Lisa, and Susan Hoffman, Mark and Mona Friedman Kolko, The Rochester (NY) Chapter, The Links Inc., Theta Alpha Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta, Joyce Boucher, Marilynn Patterson Grant and David Grant, Dr. Karal Ann Marling, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Support is also provided by the Thomas and Marion Hawks Memorial Fund, the Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Fund, and the Nancy R. Turner Fund for Special Exhibitions.

Not a member? Why not? Click here for more information. Call (585) 276-8939 during business hours or email