|Memorial Art Museum|
This civic art museum, was founded 99 years ago and is part of the University of Rochester. There, 50 centuries of world art has been neatly tucked away!
According to its website, this museum’s permanent collection represents cultures from around the world and across millennia, with a permanent collection renowned for its breadth and quality.
Within MAG’s Walls
MAG has over 12, 000 works of art in its collection. It hosts more than a quarter million guests each year to view them, as well as delight in the wide variety of temporary exhibits and major shows it offers.
There is even an art school and the Charlotte Whitney Allen Library. Here the public can browse books and media for adults and children, on such topics as art history and technique, museum studies, local artists, or works & history in the Gallery’s collections. Gallery members, University of Rochester students and staff may borrow them. The library also includes a state-of-the-art teacher resource center.
Using Pictures to Tell Stories Outside MAG’s Walls
We tell our stories through art, pictures, images and symbols. They combine with our customs and rituals to help us define the undefinable and serve to weave humankind together into a common fabric that connects us all, one with another.
Picturing the Story: Narrative Arts and the Stories exhibit focuses on selected works of world art from the permanent collection of the Memorial Art Gallery. The stories shared
might reflect sacred beliefs, folk traditions, common human experiences, or unique cultural practices. Each story is available online by visiting MAG’s Picturing The Story website completely free of charge, including all of its resource materials.
The exhibit was made available by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, with additional support from the New York State Council on the Arts. Support is also provided by Dominion, Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation,Thomson Reuters, Hammer Packaging, the Estate of Estelle B. Goldman and two anonymous donors. Underwriters for the Memorial Art Gallery’s 2006-2009 school programs included Bank of America, the Mary W. Clark Trust, the Fred and Floy Willmott Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Judson Jr., and an anonymous foundation.
Approaching Art From 3 Different Perspectives
Picturing the Story: Narrative Arts and the Stories allows online guests to access each art piece from a variety of ways. The result floods the senses with sights and sounds, while bringing new understanding non-traditionally associated with online learning.
1. Picturing the Story: Viewing a work of art while reading/hearing/seeing its associated story. The story is available as on-screen text, as an audio file voiced by a professional storyteller, in ASL video interpretation, or printable pdf version. In addition, an audio “guided-looking tour” of the work of art by a museum educator helps focus attention on important details and promote visual and verbal looking skills.
2. Reading the Art: Understanding the symbolism and references used in this work of narrative art. High-quality images of works of art, with zoom-able details, comparison or supporting images, and interpretive information connect elements of the work of art to its associated story.
3. Connecting the Culture: Exploring the cultural and functional context of this work of art. Historical and cultural context information, including maps, supporting photos, and other images, connect the work of art and the story to the cultural background, promoting document-based and inquiry-based learning. Information addressing purpose or function of work, biographical information on artist (as available), geographical and environmental issues, and process and tools of creation allows the objects’ significance to extend into a variety of curriculum areas.
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