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.


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.

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.

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!

Film: Animation Shorts
Feb 6 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Film: Animation Shorts: To celebrate our latest MATRIX exhibition Allison Schulnik / MATRIX 168 we’re screening a variety of short animated and claymation films including Wallace & Gromit and more.

Free with admission to First Thursday: Allison Schulnik / MATRIX 168.

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

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.

Second Saturdays: Living Art
Feb 8 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Second Saturdays: Living Art: Have you ever imagined the people in a work of art coming to life?

Create a character inspired by a work you see in our galleries and stay for the Connecticut premiere of animated film The Painting, a quest story that brings to life the characters who “live” in a painting hanging in an artist’s studio.

Listen to children and young adult stories read by authors from the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association throughout the morning.

"The Painting", 2011

“The Painting”, 2011

1 pm: Screening of The Painting. Directed by Jean-Francois Laguionie. 76 minutes. Unrated.

About the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association: The Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association (CAPA) is a non-profit organization that helps authors through education and promotion, while working to raise awareness about our local authors and encourage reading and writing in the community. It is a statewide organization with about 300 members, representing published authors, writers, local publishers and author services. CAPA’s authors represent all genres, including books for children and young adults, as well as a wide variety of adult fiction and non-fiction. They have four chapters which meet in Avon, Shelton, Groton and Mansfield, with a fourth in the process of being formed in the Danbury/Waterbury area.

About Second Saturdays for Families: 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!

Second 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.

Homeschoolers’ Series: Elementary (PreK-grade 5)
Feb 15 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Homeschoolers’ Series: Elementary (PreK–grade 5): An Introduction to Teaching Core Subjects through the Visual Arts: Seeking to diversify your children’s at-home instruction? Join us for part one of this professional development series aimed at training homeschooling parents to utilize the visual arts as a creative mechanism for addressing core academic subjects, state and national standards, and 21st century skills with their elementary school-aged children. To register, call (860) 838-4046. $15 required at registration.


Gallery Talk: MATRIX 168
Feb 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Gallery Talk: MATRIX 168: Join Patricia Hickson, Emily Hall Tremaine Curator of Contemporary Art, for an introduction to Allison Schulnik / MATRIX 168.

Gallery Talk: Chick Austin as Architect
Mar 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Austin House, Hartford

Gallery Talk: Chick Austin as Architect: The Austin House and the Avery Memorial: Gather around a newly installed model of Chick Austin’s Hartford home with Eugene Gaddis, Curator of the Austin House. In 1930 the legendary Atheneum director Chick Austin, built a house that became a gathering place for leaders of the international art world—Dalí, Calder, Balanchine, Aaron Copland, and Le Corbusier—who flocked to Hartford to experience Austin’s ground-breaking exhibitions and entertainment. In 1934 the Museum’s Avery Memorial, its stunning Bauhaus interior designed by Austin himself, opened with the first comprehensive Picasso retrospective in America, and a new Art Deco theater. Gaddis will guide us through the Austin era and its influence in the art world.

Learn more about the Austin House.

First Thursday: Sing Me A Song
Mar 6 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

First Thursday: Sing Me A Song:

  •  DJ Jon Eastman in Avery Court
  •  A Cappella music by Business as Usual in Avery Court
  • Join a docent at 6 pm for a Collection Focus Talk on Thomas Dewing’s The Days, 1884-1886 – meet at Information Desk
  •  Watch break dancers from Young! Studios at 6:30 and 7:30 pm in Avery Court
  • Create your own music video in the Hartford Courant Room
  •  Take a break at the coffee and dessert bar in The Museum Café
Thomas Dewing, "The Days", 1884-1886

Thomas Dewing, “The Days”, 1884-1886

$5; Free for Members.

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

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