January – February 2014

Jan
12
Sun
Free Screening: Modest Reception
Jan 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Global Lens Series
We’ve partnered with the Hartford Public Library to screen 10 films from around the world on Sunday afternoons. All films will be introduced by a guest speaker and followed by a discussion. More information is available here.

Modest Reception: In this comedic drama, a mysterious pair from Tehran travel the mountainous countryside in their Lexus coupe to push big bags of money on the locals. This turns out to be not so easy, but fascinating to watch, as the cagey couple invent increasingly brazen stratagems to place cash in the hands of the wary, proud or indifferent. 2012. Iran. 100 min. Not Rated. Subtitles. Directed by Mani Haghighi.

Jan
16
Thu
An Evening with Author Deborah Solomon
Jan 16 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Deborah Solomon. Photo by Christian Oth.

Deborah Solomon. Photo by Christian Oth.

An Evening with Author Deborah Solomon

5 pm Reception with wine for purchase, Loctite Lobby

6 pm Deborah Solomon in conversation with Robin Jaffee Frank, Krieble Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, and Erin Monroe, Assistant Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture

A book signing with the author follows the talk. American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop and during the event. This event is free and open to the public.

As the star illustrator of The Saturday Evening Post for nearly half a century, Norman Rockwell is celebrated for his wholesome depictions of family and community, but the man behind these images was a surprisingly complex figure. In her latest biography, renowned art critic Deborah Solomon draws on a wealth of unpublished letters and documents to explore the relationship between Rockwell’s despairing personality and his genius for reflecting America’s brightest hopes.

"American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell"

“American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell”

In American Mirror Solomon perceptively explores Rockwell and his art alongside the development of visual journalism as it evolved from illustration in the 1920s to photography in the 1930s to television in the 1950s. In this engaging biography, she offers vivid cameos of the many famous Americans whom Rockwell counted as friends, including President Dwight Eisenhower, the folk artist Grandma Moses, the rock musician Al Kooper, and the generation of now-forgotten painters who ushered in the Golden Age of illustration. American Mirror brilliantly explains why Rockwell deserves to be remembered as an American master.

“[A] well-paced, insightful biography of the iconic illustrator . . . Solomon reveals an enormously complicated man whose wholesome vision of America was not merely commercial kitsch, but art that sprung from an emotional life fraught with anxiety, depression, and self-doubt . . . [Solomon’s] substantive narrative captures the abundant complexities of this unusual artist, and reclaims him as a master storyteller.” —Publishers Weekly

“Deborah Solomon has created a biography as vivid and touching as a Rockwell interior. This is the definitive biography of an American master who came in through the back door.” —Steve Martin, author of An Object of Beauty: A Novel

About Deborah Solomon: Deborah Solomon is the author of two previous biographies of American artists: Jackson Pollock: A Biography and Utopia Parkway: The Life and Work of Joseph Cornell. She has written about art and culture for many publications, and her weekly interview column, “Questions For,” appeared in The New York Times Magazine from 2003 to 2011. Her art reviews currently appear on WNYC Radio, and she lives in New York City with her family.

 

Jan
24
Fri
An Evening with Bob Balaban & Tony Bill
Jan 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Bob Balaban & Tony Bill

Bob Balaban & Tony Bill

An Evening with Bob Balaban & Tony Bill: Producer, filmmaker and actor Tony Bill has an onstage conversation with actor, producer and filmmaker Bob Balaban about his prolific career and favorite roles. The talk will be followed by a screening of Gosford Park.

6 pm: Reception with Bob Balaban and Tony Bill (for Insider Access Members and above). $15; to reserve a spot call (860) 838-4100 Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am – 4:30 pm.

7 pm: Onstage conversation between Bob Balaban and Tony Bill, followed by a screening of Gosford Park.

Gosford Park: Set in 1932, the multi-storyline tale of guests and servants during a party in a country house in England. 2001. USA. 137 min. Rated R. Directed by Robert Altman. Starring Bob Balaban, Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas.

$15; $12 Seniors(62+) and Students; $10 Members; Free for Insider Access Members. Purchase tickets online (for the talk and film only); a $2 service charge will be added.

Learn more about Membership benefits.

Presented By Data-Mail, Inc. And The Mandell Family

 

 

Film: Gosford Park
Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Gosford Park: Set in 1932, the multi-storyline tale of guests and servants during a party in a country house in England. 2001. USA. 137 min. Rated R. Directed by Robert Altman. Starring Bob Balaban, Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas.

Prior to the screening, producer, filmmaker and actor Tony Bill will have an onstage conversation with actor, producer and filmmaker Bob Balaban about his prolific career and favorite roles.

$15; $12 Seniors(62+) and Students; $10 Members; Free for Insider Access Members. Purchase tickets online (a $2 service charge will be added), or call (860) 838-4100 Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am – 4:30 pm.

Presented By Data-Mail, Inc. And The Mandell Family

 

Jan
29
Wed
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.

 

Jan
30
Thu
Onstage with David Lang & Susan Talbott
Jan 30 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Onstage with David Lang & Susan Talbott: Pulitzer Prize-winning music composer and Yale University Professor David Lang speaks with our Director and CEO Susan Talbott about his music and involvement in filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino’s films, followed by a screening of The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) – 2014 Golden Globe winner for best foreign film. Sorrentino describes the blend of music in the film, which includes Lang’s work, as “best suited to the film because it’s an inevitable mix of the sacred and profane that is Rome.”

Still: The Great Beauty

Still: The Great Beauty

The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza): In this sumptuously gorgeous work, Jep Gambardella seduces his way through the lavish and extravagant nightlife of Rome for decades. But after his 65th birthday, he looks past his decadent ways, to reflect upon the exquisite, yet absurd beauty of his experiences in the city of Rome.  2013. Italy. 142 min. Not Rated (Adult Situations). Subtitles. Directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Starring Tony Servillo.

Admission: $9 Adult; $8 Seniors(62+) & Students; $7 Members. Purchase tickets online or call (860) 838-4100 Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am – 4:30 pm.

Doors open at 5:30 pm. Program begins at 6:30 pm.

Presented By Data-Mail, Inc. and The Mandell Family.

Jan
31
Fri
Gallery Talk: Norman Rockwell’s Girls
Jan 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Gallery Talk: Beyond Boy Scouts: Norman Rockwell’s Girls
Erin Monroe, Assistant Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, will discuss Rockwell’s depictions of girls and girlhood in relation to the Museum’s 1953 painting, The Young Lady with the Shiner. Free with museum admission.

Feb
2
Sun
Film & Discussion: The Butler
Feb 2 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
"The Butler," 2013

“The Butler,” 2013

Film & Discussion: The Butler: As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the Civil Rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events not only affect American Society but Gaines’ own life and family. 2013. USA. 132 min. Rated PG13. Directed by Lee Daniels. Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey.

The screening is followed by a discussion with John Motley, former Board President of the museum and The Amistad Center.

Admission: $9; $8 Seniors(62+) and Students; $7 Members; Free for Insider Access Members and above.

Related Programming:
February 13, 6:30 pm: Wil Haygood, author of The Butler, will speak at Renbrook School - RSVP here.

Presented in collaboration with Renbrook School and The Amistad Center for Art & Culture

Feb
6
Thu
First Thursday: Allison Schulnik / MATRIX 168
Feb 6 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

First Thursday: Allison Schulnik / MATRIX 168: Celebrate the opening of our latest MATRIX exhibition – Allison Schulnik / MATRIX 168!

Join us the first Thursday of every month for extended exhibition hours, live music, cocktails, food, art activities, a film and more!

Feb
7
Fri
NEW DATE: Gallery Talk: Behind the Seen
Feb 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

*Gallery Talk: Behind the Seen: Have you ever wondered how art is installed and who actually handles our priceless objects? Go behind the “seen” with Cecil Adams, Head of Museum Design, and Steve Winot, Chief Preparator, and hear about the movement of art, from the most fragile ancient glass and 17th century tapestries to 3-ton contemporary outdoor sculpture. Ask them about other museum mysteries! Free with admission.

*This gallery talk was originally scheduled to take place on Friday, January 31, but has been rescheduled to Friday, February 7, 12 pm.

Feb
27
Thu
SOLD OUT: Film & Discussion: 12 Years A Slave
Feb 27 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
12 Years A Slave

“12 Years A Slave” 2013

This is event is SOLD OUT! See below for additional screenings.

Film & Discussion: 12 Years A Slave: Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. 2013. USA. 134 min. Rated R. Directed by Steve McQueen. Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender. The screening is followed by a panel discussion with leaders in the fields of film and history.

5:30 pm: Reception
6 pm: Film
8:15 pm: Panel discussion

Panelists
Lois Brown, Professor of English & African American Studies at Wesleyan University
Erik Clemons, CEO & President of CT Center for Arts & Technology
Barbara Krauthamer, Associate Professor of History at UMASS Amherst
Mia Mask, Associate Professor of Film at Vassar College
Katherine Kane, Moderator, Executive Director of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.

Admission
$15 Adult
$12 Seniors(62+) and Students
$10 Members: The Amistad Center, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and The Mark Twain House & Museum
$5 Insider Access Members and above

Parking
Parking is available at the Front Street Garage South, located in the Spotlight Theater complex behind the Hartford Times building. Accessible via Columbus Boulevard to Arch Street. View a map of museum parking options.

ADDITIONAL SCREENINGS (regular film admission applies)
Friday, February 28 at 7 pm
Saturday, March 1 at 2 pm 
Saturday, March 1 at 7 pm

This film is presented with The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and The Mark Twain House & Museum.

Reception sponsored in part by 

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From Our Collection

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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