IN UTICA — The Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, 310 Genesee St., is a regional venue for art, music, performance and education for people of all ages and backgrounds. The Museum of Art features a renowned permanent collection and fascinating exhibitions in a gallery building and also in Fountain Elms, a Victorian-era Italianate mansion. (Sentinel file photo by John Clifford)

MWPAI’s offerings target an array of regional visitors

Published Feb 23, 2018 at 12:00pm

UTICA — Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute is a fine arts center “serving diverse audiences through three program divisions — Museum of Art, Performing Arts, and School of Art.”

The museum is located at 310 Genesee St. For tickets or more information, call 315-797-0000 or go online to Current events and exhibits slated for 2018 include:


Goitse performs Saturday, March 3, 7:30 p.m. 

The popular and multi-award-winning quintet has become a leader of the new generation of traditional Irish ensembles. Tickets: $31.50, $26.50 for members

Turtle Island Quartet presents “Bird’s Eye View: The Legend of Charlie Parker” on Saturday, April 21, 7:30 p.m. 

The two-time Grammy winning Turtle Island Quartet pays homage to the incandescent visionary brilliance of jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker. Tickets: $31.50, $26.50 for members

Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel

• Saturday, April 14, 7:30 p.m.: Bach and Chopin: A Musical Kinship

Bach was Chopin’s favorite composer. Hear their respective romantic Fantasies, their enchanting Preludes, and their zesty dances for the ears —from elegant Minuets to exotic Mazurkas to a vibrant Polonaise. Tickets: $36.50, $31.50 for members.

• Saturday, May 12, 7:30 p.m.: Celebrating Leonard Bernstein!

Celebrate Bernstein’s 100th birthday with virtuoso piano arrangements of songs from West Side Story,his intimate Anniversaries, his stunning piano arrangement of Copland’s enthralling El Salon Mexico, and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Tickets: $36.50, $31.50 for members.

Cinema Events series

The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD. Tickets are $28, $24 for MWPAI members, $14 for students.

  • “Semiramide,” Saturday, March 10 at 12:55 p.m.
  • “Così fan tutte,” Saturday, March 31 at 12:55 p.m.
  • “Luisa Miller,” Saturday, April 14, 12:30 p.m.
  • “Cendrillon,” Saturday, April 28, 12:55 p.m.

Family shows

“Let’s Go Science Show!” Saturday, April 7, 11 a.m.

Join Professor Smart and Ms. Knowitall for a wacky look at “how things work.” This fun-filled production teaches physics concepts through theatrically based experiments and demonstrations. The show includes lots of audience interaction with two legends of the circus, great scenery and awesome illusions that make this one science lesson nobody will forget. Cost: $10, $8 for members.

“DuffleBag Theatre Co. – Little Red Riding Hood” Thursday, April 26, 11 a.m.

The “Nearly World-Famous” DuffleBag Theatre returns to bring the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood to life in their signature fun-filled and humorous fashion. Members of the audience join the action on stage as Red tries to outwit the “Not-So-Big Bad Wolf.” Cost: $10, $8 for members.

Current exhibits

“Jewels of Time: Watches from the Proctor Collection” on display through Sunday, April 29

The aesthetic brilliance and exquisite craftsmanship of beautifully ornamented historical timepieces will be showcased in Jewels of Time: Watches from the Proctor Collection, on view December 16 through April 29 in the Museum of Art.  Each watch is a work of art and was worn as a bejeweled symbol of prestige and honor.

“Time in Art” on display through Sunday, April 29

Museum visitors are invited to breeze through the months of winter by contemplating Time in Art, on view December 16 through April 29, 2018. This exhibition features a variety of fine and decorative arts that interpret time and its passing through themes such as hours of the day and seasons of the year; early and late works by a single artist; works inspired by or copied from artistic forebears; the cycle of life; and memory.

“Mythology in Contemporary Art” on display through Aug. 23, 2020

The stories of passion, ambition, greed, and human suffering in ancient mythologies represent humankind’s attempts to understand the curious and inexplicable—from astronomy and tumultuous weather conditions to man’s inhumanity to man and acts of generosity and kindness.

Upcoming exhibits

“Artists in Residence Exhibition Azita Moradkhani and Ella Weber”

Friday, March 2 - Friday, March 30

Azita Moradkani was born in Tehran and exposed to Persian art, culture, and Iranian politics. That exposure increased her sensitivity to the dynamics of vulnerability and violence that she explores in her artwork and studio practice. Ella Weber hails from Omaha, Neb., and traverses print media, drawing, video and creative writing in her artworks, weaving day jobs and food into rich imagery and performance. 

The AIR program is designed for emerging artists and recent graduates in the visual arts to gain teaching experience within the School of Art’s non-credit program while developing their studio practice. 

“2018 Art in Bloom - Fine Art and Floral Exhibition”

Friday, May 18 - Sunday, May 20

A celebration of the Museum’s collection as interpreted through fresh flowers. This extraordinary three-day program will feature special events, workshops, floral-inspired items at the Art in Bloom Pop-up Shop, and floral creations inspired by timeless artworks.
Similar enormously popular events are held by copious museums across the country, drawing thousands of visitors to view imaginative floral interpretations of selected works of art.

“KIMONO! The Artistry of Itchiku Kubota”

Sunday, June 10 - Sunday, Sept. 16

Kimono! is a spectacular exhibition of 48 pictorial kimono, brilliantly designed by Itchiku Kubota (Japanese, 1917-2003), an artist of international renown. Kimono—once customary Japanese dress—are here transformed into stunning works of art that are a contemporary interpretation of a rich artistic and cultural tradition. MWPAI is the only United States venue for this exceptional exhibition, which is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog.

“Rose Marasco: index”

Saturday, Sept. 8 - Jan. 6, 2019

Rose Marasco: index is a retrospective of a photographer’s inventive reflections on her world. Marasco’s provocative images mine concepts of framing, point of view, and orientation to create photographs with a complex relationship to the everyday. Curiosity informs her exciting, sometimes unconventional, approaches to the medium—processes include film, pinhole photography, montage, and artist’s books, in both black and white and color.