The 'MAG' Celebrates A Birthday

Oct 13, 2013

Credit Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

There was a celebration at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester on Sunday. It was one in a string of events held all year long.   

The occasion, the centennial celebration of the gallery, and yesterday's activities included a lot of family friendly activities, including music and dance performances, storytelling, and of course, birthday cake.

WXXI was involved with the celebration, setting up our listening booth inside the museum to capture memories of people who have been going to the MAG for some time now.

Delores Jackson Radney  used to work at the museum. and now she is a volunteer. She had been in charge of family programs and community outreach, and she really likes the broad range of people that the gallery attracts. 

"On a day like today, when you can see so many people of all race and ethnicities and age, when you can see that kind of diversity in an art museum it's something that makes me very proud of this museum ."

Terry Ross finds the location of the gallery a very familiar one, since she used to go to the College for Women that was a part of the University of Rochestser when that division was located in the Prince Street area.  She has seen the museum grow and change, including the new centennial sculpture park which surrounds the outside of the Memorial Art Gallery.

"It's a wonderful resource, and of course all the new parts , statues and different things that they've put outside, the benches, make it so appealing."

Many of those attending Sunday's celebration took time to view the gallery's current Memory Theatre exhibition which explores how memory shapes personal and cultural identities and how museums are a part of that.