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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, MATRIX 6, and MATRIX 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

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

Upcoming Events

Dec
24
Wed
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Dec 24 @ 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 Museum Closed at 3 pm
Museum Closed at 3 pm
Dec 24 @ 3:00 pm
The museum closes at 3 pm on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24.
Dec
25
Thu
all-day Christmas: Museum Closed
Christmas: Museum Closed
Dec 25 all-day
The museum is closed for Christmas on Thursday, December 25.
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Dec 25 @ 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 [...]
Dec
26
Fri
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Dec 26 @ 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