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


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.

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

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.


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

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.

$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 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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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.

Film: The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Mar 2 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Film: The Reluctant Fundamentalist: A young Pakistani man is chasing success, but finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage situation, and the powerful lure of his family’s homeland. 2012. USA/UK. 130 min. Rated R. English and Subtitles. Directed by Mira Nair. Starring Riz Ahmed. Liev Schreiber. Admission: $9 Adult; $8 Seniors(62+) & Students; $7 Members; Free Insider Access.

Join us for three films that provoke interreligious discussions. A guest speaker will talk before each screening and will lead a post-movie Q&A.

March 16, 2 pm: Dharm
April 6, 2 pm: The Cup

Presented by Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding

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.

From Our Collection

Sherman, 1982 1867, Bierstadt 1775, Corvi Lichtenstein, 1964

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