September – October 2014

Sep
4
Thu
First Thursday: Sing the Blues
Sep 4 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

2013_aug_first-thursday_webFirst Thursday: Sing the Blues: End the summer on a high note! Enjoy live music by XY Eli Blues Band, a 3 in 30 tour of artworks with the color blue, a pop up shop by Hartford Denim Company, a landscape painting demo and workshop, performances by Hartford-based improv and sketch comedy group Tick Tick BOOM!, cash bar, and more! Stay for an 8pm screening of Le Week-End.

$5, free for members

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

Presented with support from the Connecticut Office of Tourism.

Sep
5
Fri
Gallery Talk: Lines & Squares
Sep 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Piet Mondrian, Composition in Blue and White, 1935, oil on canvas

Piet Mondrian, Composition in Blue and White, 1935, oil on canvas

Gallery Talk: Lines & Squares: Some of the simplest forms – lines and geometric shapes – can express the most creative and profound ideas in art. Anne Butler Rice, Public Programs Manager, looks at lines and shapes by artists from Mondrian to Byron Kim.

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

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 and 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.

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 Professor Robert Thorson, Department 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.

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

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.

Visit us to see artworks in the collection like you’ve never seen them before at informal Small Talks, where speakers with unique perspectives share their favorite pieces. Dance to live music, experience special performances, and create your own work of art to take home!

SCHEDULE OF FREE EVENTS

Art Activity: Zentangles
Join the Charter Oak Cultural Center and certified Zentangle teaching artist Cheryl Cianci on the museum’s Main Street lawn to participate in a drop-in, collaborative Zentangle workshop.

Art Activity: One-Point Perspective
Learn about one-point perspective and create your own path drawing in Avery Court that incorporates people, places, and ideas to depict your “point of view on life.”

Hartford Public Schools Performance
Student groups from Hartford Public Schools will perform in Aetna Theater throughout the day. Admission is free and open to the public.

Let’s Move! Tours
Grab a pedometer and follow the Let’s Move! audio tour while counting your steps. A certified fitness instructor will also lead us through low-impact stretches inspired by artworks in the collection.

Small Talks – 11am – 4pm
Talks will begin in the galleries on the hour and the half-hour, and will last between 15 and 30 minutes.

 

Presented in partnership with The iQuilt Plan

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Oct
2
Thu
Member Shopping Days
Oct 2 – Oct 5 all-day

Member Shopping Days: Members receive 20% off in The Museum Shop in store and online!

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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, 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 hip hop performance, and more! Stay for a 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 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
Saturday, Oct 4 at 7pm
Sunday, Oct 5 at 2pm

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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, 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.

Enter via Avery Court on Atheneum Square North.

Sponsored by the Sarah Goodwin Austin Memorial Fund.

Oct
9
Thu
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
Member Morning: On errythang (On everything)
Oct 10 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
P O N Y 1 7 9 1 Frohawk Two Feathers, Pharaoh of New York, Bonnie Prince Johnnie, Conqueror of the Dutch in North America and self-styled Liberator of the Lenape, Crown ruler of the Lower Hudson, Or, a ruthless thug, out for self, snatching cribs and paper on the fly, looking cool in his finery, 2014.  Acrylic, ink, coffee, and tea on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York. © Frohawk Two Feathers

P O N Y 1 7 9 1
Frohawk Two Feathers, Pharaoh of New York, Bonnie Prince Johnnie, Conqueror of the Dutch in North America and self-styled Liberator of the Lenape, Crown ruler of the Lower Hudson, Or, a ruthless thug, out for self, snatching cribs and paper on the fly, looking cool in his finery, 2014. Acrylic, ink, coffee, and tea on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York. © Frohawk Two Feathers

Member Morning: On errythang (On everything): Museum members enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast and coffee in The Museum Café from 9 to 10am, then join Patricia Hickson, Emily Hall Tremaine Curator of Contemporary Art, for a tour and discussion of Frohawk Two Feathers / MATRIX 170: On errythang (On everything).

This event is for museum members only; reservations required at (860) 838-4070. Enter via Avery Court on Atheneum Square North.

Not a member? Join now!

Oct
19
Sun
Jazz Brunch: Deborah Wang Trio
Oct 19 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Jazz Brunch: Deborah Wang 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 Deborah Wang Trio! Seatings at 11am and 12:30pm. Afterwards, explore the galleries on your own or take a tour with a docent.

$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
26
Sun
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.

Oct
30
Thu
Gallery Talk: CSI: Conservation Science Investigation
Oct 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Gallery Talk: CSI: Conservation Science Investigation: Allen Kosanovich, Associate Paintings Conservator, gives a behind-the-scenes look into how our conservators analyze and treat works in the collection.

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

From Our Collection

Neel, 1963 1799, Robert Pollock, 1952 brown, 2004
 

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