Contemporary Art

Since its founding in 1844, the Wadsworth Atheneum has presented the artists of its own time, from Thomas Cole and Frederic Church to Salvador Dalí, Piet Mondrian, Andy Warhol and Sol LeWitt. The Contemporary Art collection encompasses works created from 1945 to the present with strong examples of Abstract Expressionism, Color Field painting, Pop art, Conceptual art, and recent movements in painting, sculpture, photography and video. Supplemented by acquisitions from its groundbreaking MATRIX exhibition program—launched in 1975—the collection includes work by many past MATRIX artists, such as John Baldessari, Duane Hanson, Christian Jankowski, Ellsworth Kelly, Glenn Ligon, Lee Lozano, Robert Mapplethorpe, Cindy Sherman, Lorna Simpson, and William Wegman.

From Our Collection

1594, Caravaggio 1731, Canaletto 1749, Panini 1773, Wright

Upcoming Events

Dec
31
Wed
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Dec 31 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tour: Highlights: Join a docent for an exploration of the collection. Meet by The Museum Shop. Highlights Tours are offered daily at 1 pm, Wednesday [...]
3:00 pm First Night Hartford
First Night Hartford
Dec 31 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
First Night Hartford
First Night Hartford: Create your own colorful work of art at First Night Hartford 2015 and celebrate the New Year with us! First Night ticket [...]
3:00 pm Museum Closed at 3 pm
Museum Closed at 3 pm
Dec 31 @ 3:00 pm
The museum closes at 3 pm on Wednesday, December 31 for New Year’s Eve. First Night Hartford will take place from 3 – 5 pm. [...]
Jan
1
Thu
all-day New Year’s Day: Museum Closed
New Year’s Day: Museum Closed
Jan 1 all-day
The museum is closed on Thursday, January 1 for New Year’s Day.
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Jan 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tour: Highlights: Join a docent for an exploration of the collection. Meet by The Museum Shop. Highlights Tours are offered daily at 1 pm, Wednesday [...]

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Hours & Admission

Hours:
Wednesday – Friday: 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
First Thursdays: 11 am – 8 pm

Admission:
Members: Free
Adults: $10
Seniors (age 62+): $8
Students (age 13 & over or with college ID): $5
Children (age 12 & under): Free
First Thursdays (from 5-8 pm): $5