September – December 2014

Envisionfest Community Day: The View from Here
Sep 20 all-day

envisionfest community dayEnvisionfest Community Day: The View from Here: Explore a new point of view at the third annual Envisionfest Hartford – a citywide family-friendly festival that showcases Hartford’s abundance of history, the arts, and culture. Free museum admission 10 am – 5 pm.

All Day! 10 am – 5 pm

Art Activity: Zentangles
Join Charter Oak Cultural Center and teaching artist Cheryl Cianci in a Zentangle workshop for all ages. Create your own relaxing doodle using beautiful pen-and-ink patterns.

Art Activity: A Street-Eye View
Imagine walking down your street, what do you see? Learn about one-point perspective while creating your own imaginary Hartford street inspired by images from around the city and works from our collection.


10 – 10:30 am
Hartford All-City Youth Orchestra
Enjoy the sounds of Charter Oak Cultural Center’s youth orchestra in an outdoor performance featuring an ensemble of young musicians.

noon – 12:30 pm
Colonel Pope and the Hartford Hot Several
Move to the rhythm of the Hartford Hot Several, a Hartford-based brass band specializing in surprise performances and general ruckus.

1 – 3:30 pm
Let’s Move! with CONNetic Dance
Pick up a Let’s Move! Family Guide and explore art and movement with interactive activities led by dancers from CONNetic Dance. Share your experience by participating in the Let’s Move! social media challenge!

Explore art from a new point of view! Speakers with different areas of expertise give 15-minute, informal talks about artworks in our permanent collection.

All talks begin in Gray Court, just inside the museum’s Main Street entrance.

11 am
Out to Sea
Tommy Seda, Captain of the Quinnipiack in New Haven, brings his knowledge of life at sea to explore seascapes by three different artists in our European collection.

All About Kids
A young art enthusiast from the Boys & Girls Club at West Middle describes art from a kid’s perspective, focusing on depictions of children in American art.

1 pm
He Said, She Said
Jama Holchin, a museum professional, and John Holchin, an engineer, talk about couples in art through the lens of their own experience as a married pair.

2 pm
Back in Time

Director of American Studies at Trinity College Scott Gac discusses tough topics of masculinity, race, and violence in relation to early American art in the collection.

3 pm
Poetic Perspective
Poet Bessy Reyna talks about the ways that art can inspire poetry, starting with one of her favorite paintings in the collection: Georgia O’Keeffe’s The Lawrence Tree.

4 pm
Making Art Happen
David Borawski, art handler, artist, and curator of Atom Space gallery, talks about how his experience in various art-world roles has shaped his perspective on art in the collection.

MUSEUM SHOP SAVINGS: Children’s books are 20% off in The Museum Shop through September 30! Stop in the during your visit or shop online.

Envisionfest Community Day is presented in partnership with The iQuilt Plan.



First Thursday: Frohawk Two Feathers / MATRIX 170
Oct 2 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Frohawk Two Feathers, That high-born on the team, Lucretia Theroux, Self- styled Queen of New York and founder of the Order of Bast, Or, another example of the historical side-chick, dipped in the latest fashions, fronting like she real, 2014, acrylic, ink, coffee, and tea on paper, courtesy the artist. © Frohawk Two Feathers

Frohawk Two Feathers, On loving someone who doesn’t love you back and compensating for that with plotting and murder. T H O T 1 7 9 1 That high-born on the team. Lucretia Theroux. Self-styled Queen of New York and founder of the Order of Bast. Or, another example of the historical side-chick, dipped in the latest fashions, fronting like she real. 2014. Acrylic, ink, coffee, and tea on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York. © Frohawk Two Feathers

First Thursday: Frohawk Two Feathers / MATRIX 170: Join us for the opening of Frohawk Two Feathers / MATRIX 170, featuring an Artist Talk at 6pm, a special hip-hop performance by Superdeluxe (Frohawk Two Feathers & Micah James) at 7pm, complimentary food and cash bar, an art-making activity sponsored by The Hartford Courant and Trashion Fashion, and more!

Stay for an 8pm screening of the Manhattan Short Film Festival (regular film admission applies).

Facebook event here.

First Thursday After Hours: Visit us the first Thursday of every month for extended exhibition hours, music, cocktails, food, art activities, a film & more!

Manhattan Short Film Festival
Oct 2 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Manhattan Short Film Festival: Back by popular demand! Unite with film lovers throughout the world during the 17th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival to view and vote on your favorite short film. For more information and this year’s lineup of shorts visit

$9; $8 Seniors (62+) & Students with ID; $7 Members; Free for Insider Access Members

Saturday, Oct 4 at 7pm
Sunday, Oct 5 at 2pm


Sunday Serenades: Mozart & MATRIX
Oct 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Sunday Serenades: Mozart & MATRIX: Join us in the galleries for a chamber music concert inspired by the complex international saga of exploration, colonization, and world domination, depicted in Frohawk Two Feathers / MATRIX 170, and features Henry Purcell’s Golden Sonata, François Couperin’s Les Nations: L’Impériale, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Quintet, K. 452. Presented in collaboration with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, featuring Concertmaster Leonid Sigal.

$30; $25 members & HSO subscribers. Purchase tickets online or call (860) 244-2999.

First Thursday: Fashion Frenzy
Nov 6 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

First Thursday: Fashion Frenzy: Join us for an homage to fashion and the Costume & Textile collection! The evening includes a fashion show, art activity, live music, free food, cash bar and more. Film at 8pm: Yves Saint Laurent.

$5; free for members

First Thursday After Hours: Join us the first Thursday of every month for extended exhibition hours, music, cocktails, food, art activities, a film & more!

This event is presented with The Costume & Textile Society and Stackpole Moore Tryon Tuesday’s.

Film: Yves St. Laurent
Nov 6 @ 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm

Yves-St.-Laurent_webFilm: Yves St. Laurent: The life of iconic French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent is celebrated in this glossy biopic. 2014. France. 106 min. Rated R. Subtitles. Directed by Jalil Lespert. Starring Pierre Niney and Guillaume Gallienne.

Free with admission to First Thursday: Fashion Frenzy!

Sunday, Nov 9 at 2pm

Concert: In Order to Survive with William Parker
Nov 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

parker_webConcert: In Order to Survive with William Parker: The great William Parker—American free jazz double bassist, multi-instrumentalist, poet and composer—performs live in the Aetna Theater.

Tickets: $15; $12 Real Art Ways, Hartford Jazz Society & museum members. To purchase tickets call 860-838-4100 Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am – 4:30 pm.

Enter via Avery Court on Atheneum Square North.

This concert is presented with Real Art Ways and the Hartford Jazz Society.

An Evening with New England Poets Laureate
Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

An Evening with New England Poets Laureate: Readings by Dick Allen, Poet Laureate of Connecticut; Sydney Lea, Poet Laureate of Vermont; Alice Fogel, Poet Laureate of New Hampshire; and Wesley McNair, Poet Laureate of Maine, followed by a Q&A. Free and open to the public.

For more information visit or call 860-729-8861.

Enter via Avery Court on Atheneum Square North.

Jazz Brunch: Sam Vinci Swing & Jazz Trio
Nov 16 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Jazz Brunch: Sam Vinci Swing & Jazz Trio: Join us for a brunch buffet while listening to some of Hartford’s best live jazz music during our Sunday Jazz Brunch with the Sam Vinci Swing & Jazz Trio! Seating’s at 11am and 12:30pm. Afterwards, explore the galleries on your own or take a tour with a docent.

The brunch buffet features a carving station, the chef’s “special of the day,” bacon, sausage, home fries, fresh fruit, a waffle station with whipped cream and assorted toppings, pastries and breads, assorted juices, tea and coffee. Vegetarian options available by request.

$35, $25 members. Purchase tickets online or call 860-838-4100, Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 4:30pm. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch & complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa.

First Thursday: Festival of Trees & Traditions
Dec 4 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

first thursday festival of trees and traditions_thursday_webFirst Thursday: Festival of Trees & Traditions: Kick off the 41st Annual Festival of Trees & Traditions with a preview of the trees, wreaths, and seasonal décor while DJ Jon Eastman and strolling singers put you in the holiday mood! Film at 8pm: The Shop Around the Corner.

$10; $5 for members

First Thursday After Hours: Join us the first Thursday of every month for extended exhibition hours, music, cocktails, food, art activities, a film & more!

$3 is added to all admissions during Festival of Trees & Traditions.

Film: The Shop Around the Corner
Dec 4 @ 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm

ShopAroundCorner_webFilm: The Shop Around the Corner: In this comedic holiday classic, two employees at a gift shop can barely stand one another, without realizing that they’re falling in love through the mail as each other’s anonymous pen pal. 1942. USA. 99 min. Not Rated. B&W. Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Starring Margaret Sullavan and James Stewart.

Free with admission to First Thursday: Festival of Trees & Traditions!

Presented by Data-Mail, Inc. and the Mandell Family.

Concert: Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus
Dec 5 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Concert: Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus: Winter Wonderland Featuring Nutcracker: Men in Tights: The Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus presents its holiday concert. Visit for information and tickets.

Saturday, December 6 at 8pm


Concert: Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus
Dec 6 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Concert: Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus: Winter Wonderland Featuring Nutcracker: Men in Tights: The Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus presents its holiday concert. Visit for information and tickets.

Friday, December 5 at 8pm

Dance: The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy
Dec 12 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy_clarice_webDance: The Nutcracker Suite & SpicyHartford-based professional contemporary ballet company CONNetic Dance is best known for its annual production of The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy, an original and entertaining take on the beloved holiday classic. 2014 marks the 5th annual performance of the production, which has fast become a Hartford holiday tradition and draws dance-loving audiences from NYC and Boston.

The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy features the CONNetic Dance’s signature style of choreography by Director Carolyn Paine. Using a fusion of athletic dance forms including tap, jazz, and hip hop, the production is seasoned with a signature sense of humor. The curtain opens on an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, featuring a break dancing doll brought by suave Drosselmeyer, and an athletic and dizzying snow ball scene with acrobatic dancing using pearly white exercise balls.

In Act II, the audience meets sexy hip hop Sugar Rum and CONNetic Dance’s signature Florettes in a high kicking, Rockettes-inspired Waltz of the Flowers, followed by a battle between Club Rat and the Nutcracker in the Club of Sweet Temptations. It is all set to a fun compilation of diverse music inspired by Tchaikovsky’s classic score.

The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy has a great sense of humor, creative choreography, and is accessible and enjoyable for all. It is a show as truly diverse as the city from which it hails, with talented professional dancers from varied backgrounds performing choreography from all forms of dance. said of last year’s performance, “If you’re not into the classic version of The Nutcracker, this version will tickle your Sugar Plums.”

The production’s backdrop features a magical winter Hartford skyline painting by Connecticut artist Nina Salazar, also the museum’s Teaching Artist.

Tickets go on sale November 1. Group rates available. For tickets and more information call 860-251-9194.

Saturday, December 13 at 8pm
Sunday, December 14 at 2pm

From Our Collection

Antin, 1975 1860, Pena 1782, Vigée Le Brun 1889, Fantin-Latour

Hours & Admission

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

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