Tuesday, September 23, 2008

NY museum receives $1 million gift


A $1 million gift to Rochester's Memorial Art Gallery will fund the renovation of its antiquities gallery to showcase two 4th-century Egyptian coffins.

The donation from Helen Berkeley, a former president of the Memorial Art Gallery Council from 1990 to 1992, will transform the former antiquities exhibit into the Berkeley Gallery of Ancient Art.

The gallery's centerpiece will be the ornate inner and outer coffins of a wealthy Egyptian official, acquired in 2001.

The gift will also establish an art conservation fund.

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