Jan
2
Thu
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.

 

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 In her latest biography, renowned art critic Deborah Solomon draws on a wealth of unpublished letters and documents to explore the relationship between Rockwell’s despairing personality and his genius for reflecting America’s brightest hopes.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
26
Sun
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. 

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
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
28
Fri
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.

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

Pollock, 1949 1646, Poussin Motherwell, 1995.4.1A-E 1844, Cole
 

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