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 In her latest biography, renowned art critic Deborah Solomon draws on a wealth of unpublished letters and documents to explore the relationship between Rockwell’s despairing personality and his genius for reflecting America’s brightest hopes.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

 

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!

Mar
6
Thu
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!

Film: Philomena
Mar 6 @ 8:00 pm – 9:40 pm

Film: Philomena: In this dramatic comedy based on true events, a woman enlists the aide of a political journalist to help her find the son she was forced to give up for adoption while living in a convent. Multiple award winner. 2013. UK. 98 min. Rated PG-13. Directed by Stephen Frears. Starring Judi Dench, Steve Coogan.

Free with admission to First Thursday: Sing Me A Song.

Apr
3
Thu
Film: Elsa & Fred
Apr 3 @ 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm

Film: Elsa & Fred: An all-time favorite of our film regulars. A retired 77 year old hypochondriac widower named Fred moves to an apartment in Madrid and meets his next door neighbor, the Argentinean Elsa. She enchants Fred with her reckless behavior and zest for life. 2005. Argentina/Spain. 108 min. Rated PG. Subtitles. Directed by Marcos Carnevale.

Free with admission to First Thursday: TANGO.

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From Our Collection

Osorio, 1994 1480, Unknown 1817, Unknown 1893, Vuillard
 

Hours & Admission

Hours:
Wednesday – Friday: 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
First Thursdays: 11 am – 8 pm

Admission:
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Adults: $10
Seniors (age 62+): $8
Students (age 13 & over or with college ID): $5
Children (age 12 & under): Free
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