December 2013 – January 2014

First Night Hartford
Dec 31 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

FNH_2014_carousel_REV01Celebrate the New Year with us! Create a colorful mask or other wearable work of art as part of First Night Hartford 2014.

Purchase tickets online, in advance or at the door; sold through First Night. For more information call (860) 727-0050.






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EVENT CANCELLED: First Thursday: Gods & Goddesses
Jan 2 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This event is CANCELLED due to inclement weather.

Please join us February 6 for the next First Thursday, celebrating the opening of Allison Schulnik / MATRIX 168.


Second Saturdays: Picturing Freedom
Jan 11 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Second Saturdays: Picturing Freedom: What does freedom look like? Explore images from The Amistad Center for Art & Culture’s exhibition Emancipation! and find symbols of freedom. Design your own picture of freedom and pose with the American flag, then join in a jazz-inspired dance performance by EQuilibrium Dance Theatre! Free admission 10 am – 1 pm.

Explore art with your family, encourage creativity, and expand your imagination through conversation and discovery. Each program includes hands-on art projects, tours for families, live music, and engaging fun through film, theater and dance. Join us every month year-round!

This program is held in collaboration with The Amistad Center for Art & CultureSecond 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.

MLK Community Day
Jan 20 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

MLK Day 2014 at the Wadsworth copyMartin Luther King, Jr. Community Day: Time Capsule: What was the world like in 1964, when the Civil Rights Act was passed? What has changed (and what hasn’t) in the 50 years since then? Join us for a free family-friendly celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement. Explore art and history through interactive gallery tours, live music from the 1960s, hands-on art-making activities, a collaborative time capsule project and much more! 11 am & 2 pm: Don’t miss the final performance of Freedom: In 3 Acts, an original production by Bated Breath Theatre Company.


Art-Making Activities: ALL DAY!
10 am – 5 pm

Pop Art Candy Paintings
Use acrylic paints to create colorful, candy-inspired pop art paintings!

Mini Vinyl Hit Singles
Design a mini vinyl album cover while listening to 60s hits played by DJs from The Deft Collective.

Community Time Capsule
Contribute to a Time Capsule that will be stored in our archives. What do you want people to remember 50 years from now?

This Little Light of Mine
Create a “Little Light” votive candle holder in preparation for the Procession at 12:30 and 3:30 pm!

Still Life Drawing
Explore still life paintings from our collection and create a still life of your own with teaching artist Jennifer Lazaroff. 


11 am & 2 pm: Freedom in 3 Acts by Bated Breath Theatre Company
Experience an original theater piece created by Bated Breath Theatre Company in partnership with The Amistad Center for Art & Culture. Enjoy free popcorn and hot chocolate!

12:30 & 3:30 pm: This Little Light of Mine Gospel Music Procession
Join Victoria Ackerman, cantor and music teacher, in a gospel sing-along and procession around the museum galleries. Don’t forget your “Little Light”!

Docent-guided Tours:

10:30 & 11:30 am: Eyes on Art Family Tour
Experience art that captures people and moments in time in this docent-led tour for all ages.

1 & 2:30 pm: Time Capsule Tour
Explore how people, events and history are interpreted in art in this docent-led tour of the collection and the exhibition Emancipation! 

Enjoy free on street parking all day! Additional parking is available on weekdays for $3 at Trumbull-on-the-Park Garage.

Presented in partnership with The Amistad Center for Art & Culture. Community Days are part of the Wadsworth’s Community Engagement Initiative, generously supported by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide. The Amistad Center’s educational programs and materials are supported by Connecticut Light & Power and Yankee Gas.

Pre-Concert Talk: Picasso & Prokofiev
Jan 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Pre-Concert Talk: Picasso & Prokofiev: Join Oliver Tostmann, our new Susan Morse Hilles Curator of European Art, in Aetna Theater for an introduction to the art and life of Pablo Picasso. Free with Museum or Sunday Serenades admission.

SOLD OUT: Sunday Serenades: Picasso and Prokofiev
Jan 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

SOLD OUT Sunday Serenades: Picasso and Prokofiev: Picasso and Prokofiev takes its inspiration from four paintings in our collection by Picasso, representing the artist’s evolving artistic styles. This concert is presented in collaboration with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and features Concertmaster Leonid Sigal. Tickets required. $30,$25 Members and HSO Subscribers; purchase tickets online or call (860) 244-2999.

Pre-Concert Talk: At 1 pm Curator of European Art Oliver Tostmann will give an introduction to Picasso’s work in Aetna Theater. Free with admission.

Concert Program:
Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942): Concertino for Flute, Viola and Double Bass (1917)
Manuel de Falla (1876-1946): Concerto for Harpsichord, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Violin and Cello, G71 (1926)
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971): Pour Pablo Picasso for Clarinet (1917)
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953): Quintet for Oboe, Clarinet, Violin, Viola and Double Bass in G minor, Op. 39 (1924)

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

Lecture: Conserving the Psyche Tapestries
Jan 29 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us at 5pm for a gallery talk in the exhibition  Weaving the Myth of Psyche with Linda Roth, Senior Curator and Charles C. and Eleanor Lamont Cunningham Curator of European Decorative Arts. Learn the story behind this rare installation of tapestries!

Stay at 6pm for a lecture, Conserving the Psyche Tapestries. The Psyche tapestry series currently on view in Weaving the Myth of Psyche was conserved in 1991 at the Textile Conservation Laboratory at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City. Marlene Eidelheit, Director of the Textile Laboratory, worked on the series 21 years ago and will describe the cleaning and conservation treatment carried out by the lab as well as the general workmanship involved in creating and conserving centuries-old tapestries. Free and open to the public. A reception with wine for purchase will take place before the lecture from 5 – 6pm.


From Our Collection

1594, Caravaggio 1731, Canaletto 1749, Panini 1773, Wright

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