September – November 2014

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. 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.

Tours will leave on the hour, exact schedule TBD:

All About Kids (Boys & Girls Club, Kids)
He Said, She Said (Jama & John Holchin, Couple)
Out to Sea (Tommy Seda, Captain)
Poetic Perspective (Bessy Reyna, Poet)
Uncomfortable Truth (Scott Gac, Professor)
Making Art Happen (David Borawski, Art Handler & Artist)

Envisionfest Community Day is presented in partnership with The iQuilt Plan

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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, 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!

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.

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.

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
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.

Nov
2
Sun
Sneak Peek, Talk & Film: Artemisia
Nov 2 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Artemisia Gentileschi, Self-Portrait as a Lute Player, c. 1615–18, oil on canvas

Artemisia Gentileschi, Self-Portrait as a Lute Player, c. 1615–18, oil on canvas

Sneak Peek, Talk & Film: Artemisia: To celebrate our recent acquisition of the Italian Baroque masterwork Self-Portrait as a Lute Player by Artemisia Gentileschi, join Oliver Tostmann, Susan Morse Hilles Curator of European Art, for a talk about the artist and her painting at 2pm, followed by a screening of the 1997 film Artemisia.

Self-Portrait as a Lute Player will not be on public view until Fall 2015 – don’t miss this special opportunity!

Nov
7
Fri
Gallery Talk: Frohawk Two Feathers
Nov 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 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

Gallery Talk: Frohawk Two Feathers: Learn about the fabricated saga of Frengland from MATRIX 170 artist Frohawk Two Feathers.

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

Nov
8
Sat
Concert: In Order to Survive with William Parker
Nov 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

parker_webConcert: In Order to Survive with William Parker: The great William Parker—American free jazz double bassist, multi-instrumentalist, poet and composer—performs live in the Aetna Theater.

Tickets: $15; $12 Real Art Ways, Hartford Jazz Society & museum members. To purchase tickets call 860-838-4100 Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am – 4:30 pm.

Enter via Avery Court on Atheneum Square North.

This concert is presented with Real Art Ways and the Hartford Jazz Society.

Nov
13
Thu
Talk & Film: Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.
Nov 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.Talk & Film: Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.: Robert De Niro, Sr. was a celebrated painter obscured by the pop art movement. His life and career are chronicled in the artist’s own words, by his contemporaries and, movingly, by his son, the actor Robert De Niro. 2014. USA. 40 min. Not Rated. Directed by Perri Peltz and Geeta Gandbhir.

Before the film, Patricia Hickson, Emily Hall Tremaine Curator of Contemporary Art, will discuss the museum’s untitled work by Robert De Niro, Sr., which will be on view. 

ADDITIONAL SCREENING
Sunday, Nov 16 at 2pm

Nov
16
Sun
Talk & Film: Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.
Nov 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.Talk & Film: Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.: Robert De Niro, Sr. was a celebrated painter obscured by the pop art movement. His life and career are chronicled in the artist’s own words, by his contemporaries and, movingly, by his son, the actor Robert De Niro. 2014. USA. 40 min. Not Rated. Directed by Perri Peltz and Geeta Gandbhir.

Before the film, Patricia Hickson, Emily Hall Tremaine Curator of Contemporary Art, will discuss the museum’s untitled work by Robert De Niro, Sr., which will be on view. 

ADDITIONAL SCREENING
Thursday, Nov 13 at 7pm

From Our Collection

1670, Murillo 1862, Bierstadt 1811, Unknown 1753, Hallé
 

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