MAG marking Gallery Council’s 80th anniversary

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"Floral Still Life" by Rachel Ruysch was acquired by the Women's Council and Marion Stratton Gould Fund in memory of Brenda Rowntree.

The Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave., Rochester, is exhibiting “1940/2020” in celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Gallery Council through Oct. 11.

From its origins in 1940 as the Women’s Council, this organization has served as the primary auxiliary arm of MAG by raising funds for exhibitions and collections, and providing volunteers for outreach programs.

The Council also raises funds to enrich MAG’s permanent collection through dozens of acquisitions, starting in 1956 with the purchase of Japanese katagami, or fabric stencils. Acquisitions include Rachel Ruysch’s “Floral Still Life,” Hyacinthe Rigaud’s 1731 portrait of the Archbishop of Paris, tapestries by Fernand Leger and Alexander Calder, and “Mortal,” a portfolio of woodcuts by contemporary artist Kiki Smith.

“1940/2020,” held in the Lockhart Gallery, showcases 25 of these works acquired over the course of the past 60 years.