Area Activity Guide: Magnificent Events at the MAG

Make your way to the MAG

When you head downtown for dinner, a show at Kodak Hall or Geva, or one of our city’s many incredible festivals, do you ever do a double-take at the MAG? As the permanent home of more than 12,000 works of art spanning 50 centuries, the Memorial Art Gallery can get passed by as a resource that can be enjoyed anytime. But did you know that this building that houses treasures by Monet, Cezanne, Homer, and Matisse is also the site of unique, contemporary cultural events all year round? The MAG has something for everyone. Here’s just a taste of what can be found on the museum’s social calendar.

Third Thursday MAG DeTOURS

Always out of town on First Fridays? Hit the MAG on a Third Thursday for a fresh new art experience. It’s not free, but it is fabulous. DeTOUR tickets include museum admission, along with an exclusive themed tour that is both engaging and entertaining. These tours focus on the personal lives of the artists, the inspiration and method behind their madness, and lesser-known facts about some of the works in our collection.

Upcoming DeTOURs include:

  • The Relationship Between Art and Literature with Kyle Semmel, the Director of Writers & Books
  • I Heart DeTOURs℠ with Emily Hessney Lynch from I Heart ROC
  • The Hairy Details in Art with Nico Merritt, haircare extraordinaire, from Barbetorium
  • Animals in Art with friends from the Seneca Park Zoo

MAG Music

The third Thursday of each month also features a special one-hour program featuring Eastman’s spectacular Italian Baroque Organ. Head to the Fountain Court well in advance of 7:30 to secure your spot for a first-come, first-served concert featuring some spectacular talent in a rotating cast of classical musicians. If you’re more of a matinee person, check out Sunday afternoon mini-recitals by students of the Eastman School of Music in concert with professional musicians. These “Going for Baroque” performances take place Sundays at 1 pm and 3 pm in the Fountain Court and are included with museum admission.

$5 Fridays

Keep an eye on the MAG’s event schedule to enjoy access to the museum from 5-9pm for just $5. Each $5 Friday features something different — live music, a film screening, a DeTOUR℠, or an art talk. You’ll also find lots of incredible deals at The Store @ MAG and Brown Hound Downtown.

Creative Workshop Art Socials

Grasp a new medium while you make social connections. Enjoy wine, beer, and food for purchase, then mix in a half-hour quick-shot art class. It’s a wonderful way to challenge yourself and get acquainted with all the community art education the Creative Workshop has to offer.

  • Thursdays at 6:15 pm / $20 per art session / includes museum admission
  • $5 Fridays at 6:15 pm / $15 per art session / includes museum admission