41st Hartford Youth Art Renaissance
Apr 12 – May 18 all-day
Hartford Youth Art Renaissance, 2013

Hartford Youth Art Renaissance, 2013

41st Hartford Youth Art Renaissance: Celebrate the 41st anniversary of the museum’s partnership with the Hartford Public School District to produce the Hartford Youth Art Renaissance, an exhibition of student artwork from PreK – grade 12 created by Hartford Public School students. View a selection of over 100 works of art on display at the Hartford Public Library downtown branch, and explore the grand prizewinners on view at the museum.

We encourage you to talk with your families about what you see and feel. Use your mobile device to access the audio guide and listen to student artists reflect on their masterpieces. We hope that you leave feeling inspired by the creativity and ingenuity of the youth of our community.

Saturday, May 10 | 10am – 1pm | Second Saturdays: Express Yourself

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

Online ticket sales end at 5 pm on Monday, April 21! See below for more details.

Bill Graham, Little Black Dress

Bill Graham, Little Black Dress

Little Black Dress: Ladies (and gentlemen), enjoy a spirited floral presentation in the theater by Bill Graham – longtime owner of the gift and floral shop, Beautiful Things, in Salem, MA – as he demonstrates how to accessorize your little black dress by creating wearable floral arrangements fit for any occasion – the perfect spring accessory! Afterwards join him in Avery Court for lunch prepared fresh by The Museum Cafe.




Includes soft drinks, white wine, coffee & tea

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

Stuffed Capon served with a spring vegetable medley

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

ACT NOW: online ticket sales end on Monday, April 21 at 5 pm! Purchase your ticket now. Or call 860-838-4100, Wed – Sun, from 10 am – 4:30 pm, before 5 pm on Sunday, April 20 (4/20).

View the complete Fine Art & Flowers schedule.

The 33rd Annual Fine Art & Flowers is presented by the Women’s Committee of the Wadsworth Atheneum. All event proceeds fund the museum’s exhibitions, and educational and community programs.


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

farm to table_1974.1088_WEBFarm-to-Table Dinner: Salute the spring with Fine Art & Flowers Honorary Chair Ray Hardman! Sample the latest crop of locally made beer and wine during cocktail hour - Onyx Spirits Company will unveil a new specialty cocktail -  followed by a four-course farm-to-table dinner prepared with garden fresh ingredients from area farms, businesses, distilleries, and vineyards including Rosedale Farms & VineyardsWinding Drive Jams, City Steam Brewery Cafe, Hartford Baking Co., NoRA Cupcake Company and more. Throughout the evening enjoy music by The Hartt School’s Elizabeth Grace Band, and Connecticut Lyric Opera will 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. $95

6 pm: Cocktail Hour –
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.

7 pm: Farm-to-Table Dinner - 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

Purchase tickets online or call 860-838-4100 Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am – 4:30 pm. Advanced reservations required by April 23. No sales at the door.

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.

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.

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
  • 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!

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

1925.393_WEBSunday 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

Purchase tickets online or call 860-244-2999.

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

ABOVE: James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Coast of Brittany (Alone with the Tide), 1861, Oil on canvas, In Memory of William Arnold Healy, Given by his daughter, Susie Healy Camp, 1925.393

FREE ADMISSION ALL DAY – Second Saturdays: Express Yourself
May 10 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

FREE ADMISSION ALL DAY! To celebrate the Association of Art Museum Directors’ Art Museum Day on May 18, enjoy free admission from 1o am – 5 pm.

Second Saturdays: Express Yourself: Celebrate the Hartford Youth Art Renaissance with students from Hartford Public Schools as they share works that inspire them. Find a way to express yourself!

Free docent guided tours at 1 pm and 2:30 pm


About Second Saturdays for Families: Explore art with your family, encourage creativity, and expand your imagination through conversation and discovery. Each program is free and includes hands-on art projects, tours for families, live music, and engaging fun through film, theater and dance. Join us the second Saturday of every month year-round!

Presented in collaboration with Hartford Public Schools. Second Saturdays for Families are funded by Aetna. Additional support provided by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the J. Walton Bissell Foundation, Inc., the Ensworth Charitable Foundation (Bank of America, Trustee), the George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation (Bank of America and Alan S. Parker, Co-Trustees). Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.

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.

Gallery Talk: Oskar Schlemmer and the Bauhaus
May 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
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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.

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:

Thursday, May 22 at 7 pm
Friday, May 23 at 7 pm
Saturday, May 24 at 2 pm

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.

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.

Juneteenth Family Day: Fresh Faces of Freedom!
Jun 14 all-day

Juneteenth Family Day: Fresh Faces of Freedom: Commemorate June 19, 1865 when the enslaved in Galveston, Texas first learned of their freedom, two and half years after the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation. Enjoy art, music, and more for all ages.

Presented with The Amistad Center for Art & Culture.

From Our Collection

Louis, 1959 Stamos, 1958 1732, Chardin 1833, Ward

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