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Contemporary Art
Opening January 31, 2015

The reinstallation of the Wadsworth Atheneum’s contemporary art collection—featuring work from 1945 to the present—opens on January 31, 2015 in three dedicated galleries that have been newly renovated and refurbished over the past year. The year 2015 also marks the 40th anniversary of the Wadsworth’s MATRIX series of contemporary art exhibitions. Therefore, a special focus will be made on works in the collection by MATRIX artists.

Huntington Gallery will include mid-century abstract painting and sculpture by artists including Ellsworth Kelly (MATRIX 1) and Willem de Kooning (MATRIX 15), along with Alexander Calder, Helen Frankenthaler, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Tony Smith. Newly donated to the collection, a major installation piece by Olafur Eliasson will be the centerpiece of a gallery focused on optical art.

Hilles Gallery will feature much loved master works from the contemporary art collection by Duane Hanson (MATRIX 40), Robert Rauschenberg, Cindy Sherman (MATRIX 88), Bob Thompson (MATRIX 90), and Andy Warhol (MATRIX 50). New, large-scale gifts and acquisitions include important pieces by Chuck Close (MATRIX 35), George Segal, Kiki Smith, Richard Tuttle (MATRIX 10), and Kara Walker. A permanent video gallery will open with James Nares’s STREET, a grand tour through the streets of Manhattan.

The newly reopened mezzanine gallery of the Colt building presents a wall drawing by international artist and Hartford native Sol LeWitt (MATRIX 3, 6, and 143). The first wall drawing to enter the museum’s collection, it has long been off-view to visitors. The space will also include a selection of LeWitt sculptures from the collection.

 

IMAGES ABOVE:
Willem de Kooning (American, born The Netherlands, 1904 – 1997), Montauk 1, 1969, oil on canvas, The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1973.46

James Nares (American, born England, 1953), STREET, 2012, high-definition video with sound, running time: 61 minutes, Purchased through the gift of Charles A. Goodwin, 2012.14.1

 

From Our Collection

1490, di Cosimo 1940, Ernst 1869, Kensett Gladwell, 2009

Upcoming Events

Sep
18
Thu
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Sep 18 @ 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 [...]
6:00 pm Lecture: Costuming Hollywood in its Golden Age
Lecture: Costuming Hollywood in …
Sep 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Lecture: Costuming Hollywood in its Golden Age
Lecture: Costuming Hollywood in its Golden Age: Fit for a Screen: The Costume & Textile Society invites you into the world of Hollywood costume design [...]
Sep
19
Fri
12:00 pm Gallery Talk: The Intriguing Medium of Rock
Gallery Talk: The Intriguing Med…
Sep 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Gallery Talk: The Intriguing Medium of Rock
Albert Bierstadt, In the Mountains, 1867, oil on canvas Gallery Talk: The Intriguing Medium of Rock: Take a closer look at Carl Andre’s Stone Field [...]
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Sep 19 @ 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 [...]
7:00 pm Film: Middle of Nowhere
Film: Middle of Nowhere
Sep 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Film: Middle of Nowhere
Film: Middle of Nowhere: When her husband is sentenced to eight years in prison, a woman drops out of medical school in order to focus [...]

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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