April – May 2014
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: 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.
Docent 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.