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Favor returned

Earlier this year, Niagara University's Castellani Art Museum loaned its sketch of the famed art collector and critic Leo Stein by Picasso to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City for its exhibition "The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde."

So it's only fair that the Met should return the favor. It will do so at 10 a.m. Tuesday, when Met research assistant Mary Clare McKinley appears at the museum to give a lecture on the Met's exhibition and the role of the Castellani's sketch within it.

McKinley has worked for the past few years on the exhibition and has had a hand in research for catalog essays, tracking down the ownership histories of the works in the show and various other aspects of the exhibition's planning and installation.

The lecture is the first in this year's version of the Castellani's popular "Meet Me at the Cam" membership series, which attracts students and lifelong learners interested in gaining a deeper appreciation of the museum's collection and of modern and contemporary art in general. The rest of the five-part series, titled "Paris: La Ville Lumiere," features lectures by members of Niagara University's faculty. For more information or to register, visit

-- Colin Dabkowski