February – April 2014

Feb
2
Sun
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

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
27
Thu
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

Panelists
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.

Admission
$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
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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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
2
Sun
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.

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.

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

Presented by Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding

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!

Mar
16
Sun
Film: Dharm
Mar 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

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.

UPCOMING
April 6, 2 pm: The Cup

Presented by Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding

Mar
21
Fri
Italian Film Weekend – Mangiare!
Mar 21 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 23 @ 2:00 pm

Italian Film Weekend – Mangiare! Food is an important element of Italian culture, which is reflected in Italian cinema and films with Italian themes. Join us for a weekend of food, wine and cinema to celebrate the country’s best of art and culture!

FRIDAY, MARCH 21
Italian Reception & Film
6 pm
: Italian Food and Wine Reception sponsored by Peppercorn’s Grille
7 pm: Screening of I Am Love

I Am Love: This deep, rich film tells of a wealthy family living at the turn of the millennium in Milan. 2009. Italy. 120 min. Rated R. Subtitles. Directed by Luca Guadagnino. Starring Tilda Swinton. Admission: $9 Adult; $8 Seniors (62+) & Students; $7 Members; Free Insider Access.

"Big Night" 1996. Tony Shalhoub (as Primo), Stanley Tucci (as Secondo).

“Big Night” 1996. Tony Shalhoub (as Primo), Stanley Tucci (as Secondo).

SATURDAY, MARCH 22
Big Night Film & Dinner
5 pm
: Screening of Big Night
6:30 pm: Big Night Dinner – SOLD OUT!

Following the screening enjoy a five course Italian feast centered around the film’s over-the-top Timpano. From Componata and freshly baked Italian breads, to chicken Topolini, this meal will be the perfect ending to your “Big Night” at the museum. Courses include appetizer, salad, pasta, entree and dessert. Also includes one complimentary glass of wine. Cash bar available.

Big Night: One of the great food films of all time! A failing Italian restaurant run by two brothers gambles on one special night to try to save the business. 1996. USA. 107 min. Rated R. Starring Stanley Tucci, Isabella Rossellini.

Admission:
Film only (tickets sold at the door): $9 Adult; $8 Seniors (62+) & Students; $7 Members; Free Insider Access.

SUNDAY, MARCH 23
Tour & Film
12:30 pm: Tour: Views of Italy
2 pm: Screening of Mid-August Lunch

Explore “Views of Italy” in a docent-guided tour of our collection followed by a screening of Mid-August Lunch. In this comedic drama we meet the charming Gianni, a middle-aged man who lives with his mother and finds a clever way to erase his debts. 2008. Italy. 80 min. Not Rated. Subtitles. Directed by Gianni Di Gregorio. Admission: $9 Adult; $8 Seniors (62+) & Students; $7 Members; Free Insider Access.

PARKING
Free on-street parking after 6 pm and all day on weekends. $5 parking after 5 pm seven-days a week at the Front Street South Garage. View more parking options.

The 3rd Annual Italian Film Weekend is supported by Camille and Gregory Servodidio.

Mar
28
Fri
CANCELLED: Gallery Talk: Artists Interpreting History
Mar 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This gallery talk is cancelled: Gallery Talk: Artists Interpreting History: When we look at art depicting or referencing historical events, what are we really seeing and how are we interpreting? How does an artist’s interpretation of history influence our reading? Explore these questions by considering works of art from different time periods across the museum’s collection with Charlene Shang Miller, Docent and Tour Programs Manager.

Apr
6
Sun
Film: The Cup
Apr 6 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Film: The Cup: While the soccer World Cup is being played in France, two young Tibetan refugees arrive at a monastery/boarding school and the atmosphere of serene contemplation is disrupted by soccer fever. Comedy. 1999. Bhutan. 93 min. Rated G. Subtitles. Directed by Khyentse Norbu. 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

Apr
11
Fri
Gallery Talk: Restoring European Art
Apr 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Saint Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy, c. 1595–96. Oil on canvas

Gallery Talk: Restoring European Art: Join Chief Conservator Ulrich Birkmaier in our latest installation of European Masterworks from the Permanent Collection and discuss conservation philosophy and practice for European art. Free with museum admission.

Apr
29
Tue
Docent Memorial Lecture: Alexander Calder
Apr 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Calder_Cover_WEBDocent Memorial Lecture: Alexander Calder: Innovations at the Wadsworth Atheneum: Alexander Calder and the Wadsworth share a long history together. From his formative years to the installation of Stegosaurus in 1973 and later, Calder was honored by the museum through the acquisition of works.

Dr. Joan Marter, Board of Governors Professor of Art History at Rutgers University, will present Calder’s works in the context of his relationship with the Wadsworth and Hartford over the course of his artistic career. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Thanks to A. Everett “Chick” Austin, the museum’s legendary director, Calder designed a kinetic set for a performance of Socrates, a musical composition by Erik Satie. Performed in Hartford in 1936, it was re-created at New York’s Beacon Theater in 1977. Dr. Marter will present Calder’s original sketches for the project, photographs of the later performance, as well as sculptures and other works in the context of his relationship with the museum over the course of his artistic career.

This lecture is sponsored by the Docent Council of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

From Our Collection

1935, Mondrian Kim, 1994 Louis Gabriel Eugene Isabey 1776, Trinquesse
 

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