Apr
20
Sun
Easter Jazz Brunch: Joe Carter Samba Rio Trio
Apr 20 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

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

$35, $25 Members. Purchase tickets online or call (860) 838-4076, Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am – 4:30 pm. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch & complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa.

Apr
25
Fri
Fine Art & Flowers
Apr 25 – Apr 27 all-day

Fine Art & Flowers: Welcome spring at our annual fundraiser Fine Art & Flowers! View floral arrangements inspired by works of art in our collection and unique garden designs in the museum’s historic interiors, created by community florists, garden clubs and designers. Throughout the weekend enjoy special events, tours, a marketplace with local vendors and more.

View the complete Fine Art & Flowers schedule.

$3 is added to all admissions unless otherwise noted during Fine Art & Flowers.

The 33rd Annual Fine Art & Flowers is presented by the Women’s Committee of the Wadsworth Atheneum. 


Little Black Dress
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Little Black Dress: Floral design professional Bill Graham demonstrates how to accessorize your “little black dress” by creating one-of-a-kind floral arrangements to match any occasion. Afterwards join Bill for lunch in Avery Court, catered by The Museum Cafe. For 25 years Bill has owned the gift and floral shop Beautiful Things, Ltd. in Salem, Massachusetts.

LUNCH MENU
Includes soft drinks, white wine, coffee & tea

Salad
Spring salad with baby greens, goat cheese, berries and a lemon vinaigrette, served with artisan rolls

Entrée
Stuffed Capon served with a spring vegetable medley

Dessert
An Assortment of cookies, bars, petite fours and other miniature sweets garnished with edible flowers

$75. Purchase tickets online or call 860-838-4100 Wed – Sun, 10 am – 4:30 pm. Advanced reservations required by April 21. No sales at the door.

View the complete Fine Art & Flowers schedule.

The 33rd Annual Fine Art & Flowers is presented by the Women’s Committee of the Wadsworth Atheneum.

 

Apr
26
Sat
Farm-to-Table Dinner
Apr 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

farm to table_1974.1088_WEBFarm-to-Table Dinner: Join Fine Art & Flowers Honorary Chair Ray Hardman of WNPR for an evening celebration of spring! Enjoy a four-course farm-to-table dinner prepared with fresh ingredients from local farms, distilleries, and vineyards including Rosedale Farms & VineyardsWinding Drive Jams, Onyx Moonshine, City Steam Brewery Cafe, Hartford Baking Co., NoRA Cupcake Company and more. Throughout the evening listen to Connecticut Lyric Opera as they perform selections from their upcoming performance of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. From cocktails to dinner, be inspired by resplendent works of art paired with imaginative floral interpretations.

 

Cocktail Hour, 6 pm – Morgan Great Hall
Sample Italian inspired hors d’oeuvres and sip on a fresh selection of local beers and wine, and a specialty Onyx Moonshine cocktail.

Farm-to-Table Dinner, 7 pm - Avery Court

1st Course (Antipasto)
A balsamic dressed tri-colore antipasto salad with endive, radicchio, and arugula served with olives, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, roasted eggplant, Italian cheese and a selection of artisan breads

2nd Course (Il Primo)
Potato Gnocchi served with a mushroom ragu and topped with a pancetta crisp

3rd Course (Il Secondo)
Braised beef Tuscan style over a polenta cake served with sautéed spinach and white beans

4th Course (Dolce)
Cannoli Cupcake, NoRA Cupcake Company

$95. Purchase tickets online or call 860-838-4100 Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am – 4:30 pm.
Advanced reservations required by April 21. No sales at the door.

View the complete Fine Art & Flowers schedule.

ABOVE: Spoon, apostle, silver, The Elizabeth B. Miles Collection of English Silver

The 33rd Annual Fine Art & Flowers is presented by the Women’s Committee of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

Apr
29
Tue
Docent Memorial Lecture: Alexander Calder
Apr 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Calder_Cover_WEBDocent Memorial Lecture: Alexander Calder: Innovations at the Wadsworth Atheneum: Alexander Calder and the Wadsworth share a long history together. From his formative years to the installation of Stegosaurus in 1973 and later, Calder was honored by the museum through the acquisition of works.

Dr. Joan Marter, Board of Governors Professor of Art History at Rutgers University, will present Calder’s works in the context of his relationship with the Wadsworth and Hartford over the course of his artistic career. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Thanks to A. Everett “Chick” Austin, the museum’s legendary director, Calder designed a kinetic set for a performance of Socrates, a musical composition by Erik Satie. Performed in Hartford in 1936, it was re-created at New York’s Beacon Theater in 1977. Dr. Marter will present Calder’s original sketches for the project, photographs of the later performance, as well as sculptures and other works in the context of his relationship with the museum over the course of his artistic career.

This lecture is sponsored by the Docent Council of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

May
1
Thu
First Thursday: Indian Tandoori
May 1 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Lagaan, 2001

Lagaan, 2001

First Thursday: Indian Tandoori: Celebrate East Indian culture with us at May’s First Thursday After Hours!

  • Bollywood dance lessons by Mahi’s Dance Studio
  • Traditional dance demonstrations by Jayshree Sarma and the DanceXstudio Troupe
  • Indian-inspired food
  • Henna body art by Jamilah
  • Create your own Parcheesi board game
  • 6 pm: 3 in 30 Tour
  • 7:30 pm, film: Lagaan

$5; Free for Members.

Join us the first Thursday of every month for extended exhibition hours, cocktails, food, live music, art activities, a film and more!

May
4
Sun
Sunday Serenades: Whistler & Ives
May 4 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Sunday Serenades Chamber Music Concert: Whistler & Ives: This concert is presented in collaboration with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and features Concertmaster Leonid Sigal.

Concert Program:
Horatio Parker (1863-1919): Suite, Op. 35
Ingolf Dahl (1912-1970): Concerto a Tre
Charles Ives (1874-1954): Violin Sonata No. 2
Peter Schickele (1935-): Quartet

The Sunday Serenades Chamber Music Series is made possible, in part, by the Helen M. Saunders Charitable Foundation Music Endowment at the Wadsworth Atheneum. 

May
8
Thu
Gallery Talk: Oskar Schlemmer and the Bauhaus
May 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
1939.365_oskar Schlemmer

Oskar Schlemmer, Race, 1930

Gallery Talk: Oskar Schlemmer and the Bauhaus: Vanessa Sigalas, Dangremond Research Fellow for European Art and Decorative Arts, discusses Oskar Schlemmer’s 1930 painting Race, as well as Schlemmer’s role in Germany’s Bauhaus Movement and its influence on the American art scene. Free with museum admission.

May
11
Sun
Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch: Mel Nelson Trio with Nikki Armstrong
May 11 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch: Mel Nelson Trio with vocals by Nikki Armstrong: Join us for a brunch buffet while listening to some of Hartford’s best live jazz music during our Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch with the Mel Nelson Trio with vocals by Nikki Armstrong! Seatings at 11 am and 12:30 pm. Afterwards, take a tour with a docent or explore the galleries on your own.

$35, $25 Members. Purchase tickets online or call (860) 838-4076, Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am – 4:30 pm. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch & complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa.

May
21
Wed
Skype Discussion & Film: Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm

ai weiwei_the fake case Skype Discussion & Film: Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case: Director and CEO Susan Talbott engages in a Skype discussion with filmmaker Andreas Johnsen at 7 pm, followed by the film screening.

Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case: This new documentary picks up where Never Sorry left off: world-renowned artist Ai Weiwei is under house arrest and restricted by Chinese authorities in everything he does. But he does it anyway. 2013. Denmark. 89 min. Not Rated. English and Mandarin with subtitles. Directed by Andreas Johnsen. The Fake Case was recently awarded the 2014 Bodil Award for Best Documentary. Denmark’s highest film honors, the Bodil Awards are given annually by the Danish Critics’ Association.

Admission: $9 Adult; $8 Seniors(62+) & Students; $7 Members; Free for Insider Access & above.

View the official trailer for Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case:

ADDITIONAL SCREENINGS (film only):
Thursday, May 22 at 7 pm
Friday, May 23 at 7 pm
Saturday, May 24 at 2 pm

May
30
Fri
Gallery Talk: American Memorial
May 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Gallery Talk: American Memorial: Look at American Decorative Arts that capture the life and legacy of American military heroes with Alyce Perry Englund, Richard Koopman Associate Curator for American Decorative Arts. Free with museum admission.

Jun
5
Thu
First Thursday After Hours: Thursday Night Fever
Jun 5 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

First Thursday After Hours: Thursday Night Fever: Don your favorite 70s outfit and boogie on over to our outdoor party!

Join us the first Thursday of every month for extended exhibition hours, cocktails, food, live music, art activities, a film and more! $5; Free for Members.

Jun
15
Sun
Father’s Day Jazz Brunch: June Bisantz with Alex Nakhimovsky & Norman Johnson
Jun 15 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Father’s Day Jazz Brunch: June Bisantz with Alex Nakhimovsky & Norman Johnson: Join us for a brunch buffet while listening to some of Hartford’s best live jazz music during our Father’s Day Jazz Brunch with the June Bisantz with Alex Nahimovsky and Norman Johnson! Seatings at 11 am and 12:30 pm. Afterwards, take a tour with a docent or explore the galleries on your own.

$35, $25 Members. Purchase tickets online or call (860) 838-4076, Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am – 4:30 pm. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch & complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa

Jun
20
Fri
Gallery Talk: Curatorial Eye
Jun 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Gallery Talk: Curatorial Eye: Join Oliver Tostmann, Susan Morse Hilles Curator of European Paintings and Sculpture, for a new look at European Masterworks from the Permanent Collection. Free with museum admission.

From Our Collection

1877, Cailletbotte 1680s, Verkoljer Rollins, 1988-89 Lichtenstein, 1964
 

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