January – February 2014
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
- Music by Goodnight Blue Moon
- 6 pm: Listen to artist Allison Schulnik discuss her work.
- Get your fortune told by a palm or tarot card reader in the Café.
- Participate in a Stop-Motion Film Workshop led by students from the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry in the Hartford Courant Room.
- 7 pm: Sneak peak of Full Force Dance Theatre’s upcoming performance
- 8 pm: Watch short animated & claymation films including Wallace & Gromit.
Join us the first Thursday of every month for extended exhibition hours, live music, cocktails, food, art activities, a film and more!
*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.