January – March 2014
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.
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.
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
- 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.
Jazz Brunch: Sylvia Mims Trio: Join us for a brunch buffet while listening to some of Hartford’s best live jazz music during our Sunday Jazz Brunch with the Sylvia Mims Trio! Seatings at 11 am and 12:30 pm. Afterwards, take a tour with a docent or explore the galleries on your own.
$35, $25 Members. Purchase tickets online or call (860) 838-4076. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch & complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa.
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.
$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.
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
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: 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.
INTERFAITH THREE-PART SERIES
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.
Presented by Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding
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.
Jazz Brunch: Mary Corso Trio: Join us for a brunch buffet while listening to some of Hartford’s best live jazz music during our Sunday Jazz Brunch with the Mary Corso Trio! Seatings at 11 am and 12:30 pm. Afterwards, explore the galleries on your own or take a tour with a docent.
$35, $25 Members. Purchase tickets online or call (860) 838-4100, Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am – 4:30 pm. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch & complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa.
Film: Dharm: A highly respected and devote Hindu priest accepts into his family an abandoned child. The priest’s world is turned upside down when years later he learns the boy was born to a Muslim woman. 2007. India. 105 min. Not Rated. Subtitles. Directed by Bhavna Talwar. Admission: $9 Adult; $8 Seniors(62+) & Students; $7 Members; Free Insider Access.
INTERFAITH THREE-PART SERIES
Enjoy three films that provoke interreligious discussions. A guest speaker will talk before each screening and will lead a post-movie Q&A.
April 6, 2 pm: The Cup
Presented by Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding