September – October 2014

Sep
18
Thu
Lecture: Costuming Hollywood in its Golden Age
Sep 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Lecture: Costuming Hollywood in its Golden AgeLecture: Costuming Hollywood in its Golden Age: Fit for a Screen: Guest lecturer and collector John Davey discusses the challenges and requirements inherent in designing clothing for film, using unique examples from his vast collection of Hollywood and couture clothing. Following the lecture enjoy a cocktail reception in Loctite Lobby.

6pm: Costuming Hollywood in its Golden Age, Aetna Theater
7pm: Cocktail reception, Loctite Lobby

Tickets: Purchase tickets by credit card or check. To pay by credit card call Nick Mandella at 860-838-4021. OR mail your check, payable to Wadsworth Atheneum, to Martha Johnson, 32 Cambridge Crossing, Avon, CT 06001. Please write “C&T 9/18 event” in check memo line. Reserve your spot by Thursday, September 11!

About John Davey
John Davey has been a collector of vintage Hollywood Costumes, Vintage Fashion and Haute Couture for the past 15 years. Starting in 1999 with his first purchase of an unknown Lana Turner negligee and an unknown Sophia Loren knit dress which he managed to identify, he is fast becoming one of the leading experts in this genre. His interest in Hollywood costume history led him to an interest in fashion and textile history and preservation. He presently owns and curates over 500 vintage Hollywood film costumes and celebrity apparel and over 800 pieces of haute couture and finer vintage ready to wear. He has exhibited parts of his collection in numerous private functions as well as lecturing for the Boston Fashion Council and the Initiatives in Art & Culture Conference in New York City. Most recently, he has exhibited his costumes at the Katharine Hepburn Museum in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, the Hollywood Museum in the retrospective Loretta Young: Hollywood Legend, and is part of the upcoming Hollywood Glamour: Fashion and Jewelry from the Silver Screen exhibition at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in September 2014.

John is the Library Manager at the law firm of Alston & Bird LLP in New York City and moonlights also as a classical opera singer and antique appraiser.

RELATED PROGRAMMING
Sunday, Sept. 14, 1pm | Double Screening: Now, Voyager & Sorry, Wrong Number

This event is sponsored by the Costume & Textile Society.

Sep
19
Fri
Gallery Talk: The Intriguing Medium of Rock
Sep 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Albert Bierstadt, In the Mountains, 1867, oil on canvas

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 Sculpture and works by artists of the Hudson River School with Robert Thorson, Professor of Geology at the University of Connecticut and author of Stone by Stone: The Magnificent History in New England’s Stone Walls. Explore the range of artistry found in Hartford’s most famous boulders and the distant grandeur of 19-century landscapes.

Read Thorson’s recent Op Ed in The Hartford Courant.

Free with admission; meet at the Information Desk by The Museum Shop.

Film: Middle of Nowhere
Sep 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

middle-of-nowhere_webFilm: Middle of Nowhere: When her husband is sentenced to eight years in prison, a woman drops out of medical school in order to focus on her husband’s well being while he’s incarcerated – leading her on a journey of self-discovery. 2012. USA. 97 min. Rated R. Directed by Ava DuVernay. Starring Emayatzy Corinealdi, David Oyelowo, and Omari Hardwick. Hartford Premiere.

Presented with the Charter Oak Cultural Center as part of the Girlcott Feminist Film Festival, September 18-21.

Sep
20
Sat
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 admission 10am – 5pm.

ART ACTIVITIES
All Day! 10am – 5pm

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.

PERFORMANCES

10:30am & 11am
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.

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

1 – 3:30pm
Let’s Move! with CONNetic Dance
Pick up a Let’s Move! Family Guide at the Wadsworth and explore art and movement with interactive activities led by dancers from CONNetic Dance.

SMALL TALKS
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.

11am
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.

12pm
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.

1pm
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.

2pm
Back in Time

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

3pm
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.

4pm
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.

Envisionfest Community Day is presented in partnership with The iQuilt Plan

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Sep
21
Sun
Jazz Brunch: Sting to Swing
Sep 21 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

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

The buffet brunch 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.

Oct
1
Wed
Day Art Tours: Woodstock & Quechee, Vermont; Cornish, New Hampshire
Oct 1 all-day

Day Art Tours: Woodstock & Quechee, Vermont; Cornish, New Hampshire: Join the Women’s Committee on a trip to Woodstock and Quechee, Vermont, and Cornish, New Hampshire and visit the Marsh-Billings Rockefeller Mansion & Garden, The Loft at Simon Pearce, and Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site.

$137; $127 Members, includes transportation, admission, tours, lunch and gratuities.

Download registration materials or learn more about this trip by viewing the Fall 2014 Day Art Tours Newsletter.

Oct
2
Thu
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, 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 paper, courtesy the artist. © 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).

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 manhattanshort.com.

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

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

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Oct
4
Sat
Manhattan Short Film Festival
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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

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

ADDITIONAL SCREENINGS
Thursday, Oct 2 at 8pm
Sunday, Oct 5 at 2pm

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Oct
5
Sun
Manhattan Short Film Festival
Oct 5 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

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

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

ADDITIONAL SCREENINGS
Thursday, Oct 2 at 8pm
Saturday, Oct 4 at 7pm

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Oct
8
Wed
Lecture & Book Signing: Lady in the Dark: Iris Barry & the Art of Film
Oct 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Lady in the Dark: Iris Barry and the art of Filmr_webLecture & Book Signing: Lady in the Dark: Iris Barry & the Art of FilmRobert Sitton, Adjunct Professor of Media and Culture at Marylhurst University, discusses his book, Lady in the Dark: Iris Barry & the Art of Film, which chronicles the friendships and professional networks developed by pivotal modernist figures Iris Barry and Chick Austin, and the enduring impact such relationships had on their lives and careers. Book signing and cash bar reception to follow.

Free and open to the public. Enter via Avery Court on Atheneum Square North.

Please note: due to a major event at the XL Center Oct. 8 it is recommended you leave ample time for travel and parking if you plan to attend this lecture. The Front Street South garage offers $5 parking after 5pm.

RELATED PROGRAMMING
Sunday, Oct. 12, 1pm | Classic Film Screening

Sponsored by the Sarah Goodwin Austin Memorial Fund.

Oct
9
Thu
Day Art Tours: Jeff Koons: A Retrospective at the Whitney Museum
Oct 9 all-day

Day Art Tours: Jeff Koons: A Retrospective at the Whitney Museum: Join the Women’s Committee on a trip to New York City and visit the Whitney Museum of American Art to view the special exhibition Jeff Koons: A Retrospective.

$95; $85 Members, includes transportation, admission and gratuities.

Download registration materials or learn more about this trip by viewing the Fall 2014 Day Art Tours Newsletter.

Gallery Talk: Tony Smith & the Wadsworth Atheneum
Oct 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Mark Rothko, Untitled, 1949, oil on canvas, Gift of Tony Smith

Mark Rothko, Untitled, 1949, oil on canvas, Gift of Tony Smith

Gallery Talk: Tony Smith & the Wadsworth Atheneum: Well-known Minimalist sculptor Tony Smith had a special relationship with the Wadsworth Atheneum, which hosted his first solo exhibition in 1966. Smith’s anonymous donation to the museum in 1967 forms the core of its Abstract Expressionist collection. Explore the fruits of this important relationship with Eileen Doyle, The Marsted Curatorial Fellow for Contemporary Art.

Free with admission; meet at the Information Desk by The Museum Shop.

Oct
10
Fri
Film: Diamond Ruff
Oct 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Diamond-Ruff-Board-Photo---Matt-Sauro-Photo-Credit---Courtesy-of-Young-Studios_WEBFilm: Diamond Ruff: Written and produced by local artist Joe Young, Jr., this tale of redemption tells of an orphan who becomes a big time con artist. Falsely accused, he ends up in prison and meets a man who changes his life. 2014. USA. 83 min. Not Rated (adult content). Directed by Alec Asten. Starring Fredro Starr and Felicia “Snoop” Pearson.

Joe Young, cast and crew members will be present for a Q&A after the film.

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

From Our Collection

1782, Vigée Le Brun 1655, Sweerts 1808, Trumbull 1891, Harpignies
 

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