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It’s World Penguin Day.

File this under ‘who knew?’ On April 25th of every year, penguins of the Antarctic continent begin an incredible northward migration. Penguins are unique in that they are the only migratory birds that don’t fly, they swim. They start their migration in that same fashion that, say, the Canadian Geese do. On cue, in synchronicity […]

Goodbye for now – Tooker on loan

Currently, our George Tooker, Supper (1963) is on loan and now on view at an exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties offers a focused look at painting, sculpture, graphics, and photography from a decade defined by social protest and American race relations. Read a New York Times review […]

New on view in the Asian gallery

We’ve completed our yearly rotation of light-sensitive works in the Asian gallery. There’s quite a variety this year, including hanging scrolls; a six-fold screen; Japanese prints, drawings, and katagami (stencils for dyeing fabric); Indian miniatures; and an Indonesian shadow puppet. We’ve also unrolled the contemporary Chinese handscroll Migrants of the Three Gorges Dam to show […]

What a difference a frame makes

Newly updated and on view in the early-20th century American gallery – Jacob  Lawrence’s Summer Street Scene in Harlem is sporting a brand new, top-of-the-line frame.  The frame company that made the frame is Eli Wilner & Company: Master Framers in NYC. Here is the before shot: and the after shot: And here is a […]

The Memorial Art Gallery Celebrates a Century of Craft Art in Western New York

There is a case in the Folk Art Gallery has just been reinstalled with five ceramic works from MAG’s permanent collection  – just in time for our Centennial celebration. We will share a few examples here – but be sure to come in and see the full display. Stephen Merritt American, born 1947 “One Flower” […]

Typical Tuesday

Ever wonder what happens in a Museum when it’s not open to the public?   Luca Giordano Italian, 1634 – 1705 The Entombment, 1650-1653 Italian Painting Oil on canvas 115 1/4 in. x 79 1/2 in. (292.74 cm x 201.93 cm) Marion Stratton Gould Fund, Maurice R. and Maxine B. Forman Fund, Gallery Purchase Fund, […]

Now on view in the Post – 1950 American Gallery

Walter Tandy Murch American, 1907 – 1967 Resting Rock, 1961 Oil on canvas Marion Stratton Gould Fund, 98.78 Walter Murch’s poetic depictions of objects—clocks, gears, light bulbs, tools, stones—defy easy categorization. Amidst his contemporaries in the 1950s and 1960s, Murch’s indefinable style was uniquely his own. Yet, like his Abstract Expressionist peers, he focused on […]

A Peek Behind the Curtain

Ever wonder what happens behind those closed doors during an exhibition installation in the grand gallery? Teachers in the greater Rochester area will have a chance to peak behind the proverbial curtain and hear from an expert at the Education Department’s in-service scheduled for next Wednesday, March 20th at the Memorial Art Gallery. MAG’s exhibitions […]

Meet the Artist: Lorraine Cooley

Title: Tribute (left) Medium: Sterling silver, bronze, and rainbow moonstone Inspired by Winslow Homer, The Artist’s Studio in the Afternoon Fog (right) Bio: Loraine Cooley is an artist, craftsperson and teacher. Through a BFA in metals from R.I.T., study in Art Education at Nazareth College and extensive travel around the globe, she has gained aesthetic […]

Nancy Norwood is “Up Next”

Curator of our European art collection, Nancy Norwood, has been included in the ‘Official Blog’ of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. It was posted to their site on 12/19/12. We requested permission to re-create the post here as well. Enjoy the read. “From the Bench: Trellised Garden with Animals on View at Memorial […]