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!

Mar
8
Sat
Second Saturdays: Shades of Green
Mar 8 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Second Saturdays: Shades of Green: How many shades of green can there be? We’ll celebrate the color green as we anticipate the spring and Saint Patrick’s Day. Wear something green, listen to traditional Irish music by Celticado, and get ready for the parade next weekend!

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.

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
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.

May
10
Sat
FREE ADMISSION ALL DAY: Second Saturdays: Express Yourself
May 10 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Hartford Youth Art Renaissance, 2014FREE ADMISSION ALL DAY! Enjoy free admission from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday, May 10, in celebration of the Association of Art Museum Directors’ Art Museum Day on May 18.

Second Saturdays: Express Yourself: Celebrate the Hartford Youth Art Renaissance with students from Hartford Public Schools as they share works that inspire them. Find a way to express yourself!

Free Second Saturday programming   10 am – 1 pm
Free docent guided tours   1 pm and 2:30 pm

About Second Saturdays for Families: Explore art with your family, encourage creativity, and expand your imagination through conversation and discovery. Each program is free and includes hands-on art projects, tours for families, live music, and engaging fun through film, theater and dance. Join us the second Saturday of every month year-round!

Please notethe Wadsworth Atheneum is currently undergoing renovation. Though some galleries are unavailable, the Avery building will continue to showcase our acclaimed MATRIX series, contemporary art, 20th century European art, and 18th and 19th century American art, including our beloved collection of Hudson River School paintings. Also, a special installation of European Masterworks from the Permanent Collection is on view in Huntington Gallery through September 21, 2014.

Presented in collaboration with Hartford Public Schools. 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.

May
15
Thu
Gallery Talk: Oskar Schlemmer and the Bauhaus
May 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
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Oskar Schlemmer, Race, 1930

Gallery Talk: Oskar Schlemmer and the Bauhaus: Vanessa Sigalas, Dangremond Research Fellow for European Art and Decorative Arts, discusses Oskar Schlemmer’s 1930 painting Race, as well as Schlemmer’s role in Germany’s Bauhaus Movement and its influence on the American art scene. Free with museum admission.

May
16
Fri
Costume & Textile Society Annual Luncheon
May 16 @ 11:30 am

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Costume & Textile Society Annual Luncheon: Celebrating 30 Years: 1984-2014

11:30am   Discussion with George Malkemus and Anthony Yurgaitis, Manolo Blahnik USA
12:30pm  Hat Luncheon

Join the Costume & Textile Society for its annual luncheon with special guests George Malkemus and Anthony Yurgaitis, co-founders of Manolo Blahnik USA! A conversation with Malkemus, Yurgaitis and their famous footwear will take place in Aetna Theater at 11:30am, and some lucky guests will even get to wear the shoes made legendary by Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City! Following the presentation, a luncheon will be served in Avery Court.

 

 

george_anthony_Page_2About our guests: George Malkemus and Anthony Yurgaitis are the co-founders of Manolo Blahnik USA. They began the business with Mr. Blahnik in 1982 as sole licensees for the Americas. Recently, George and Tony have started a new company with Sarah Jessica Parker called SJP USA. Ms. Parker has designed a shoe, bag and trench collection exclusively for Nordstrom, which was launched this past March. When they are not involved in fashion they are at their farm in Litchfield, Connecticut, overseeing 400 dairy cows, a creamery, a retail shop, and a new restaurant called Arethusa al tavolo. Whatever endeavor they undertake, their mission statement is always to be passionate about what they do, to provide the best quality products and to contribute excellent service to their customers and community.

 

 

 

All proceeds from this event benefit the Wadsworth Atheneum.

May
21
Wed
Skype Discussion & Film: Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Skype Discussion & Film: Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case: Director & CEO Susan Talbott in a Skype conversation with filmmaker Andreas Johnsen followed by a screening of his new documentary Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case.

Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case: Picking up where Alison Klayman’s 2012 documentary, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, left off: world-renowned Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei is under house arrest and restricted by Chinese authorities in everything he does. But he does it anyway. 2013. Denmark. 89 min. Not Rated. English and Mandarin with subtitles. Directed by Andreas Johnsen.

The Fake Case was recently awarded the 2014 Bodil Award for Best Documentary. The Bodil Awards are given annually by the Danish Critics’ Association, Denmark’s highest film honors.

$9 Adult; $8 Seniors (62+) & Students; $7 Members; Free for Insider Access & above.

View the official trailer for Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case:

ADDITIONAL SCREENINGS (film only):
Thursday, May 22 at 7 pm
Friday, May 23 at 7 pm
Saturday, May 24 at 2 pm

May
30
Fri
Gallery Talk: American Memorial
May 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
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Paul Revere II, Tankard, silver

Gallery Talk: American Memorial: Explore how American Decorative Arts captured the life and legacy of American military heroes with Alyce Perry Englund, Richard Koopman Associate Curator for American Decorative Arts.

As a Blue Star Museum, all active duty U.S. military personnel and their families receive free admission Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Jun
5
Thu
Member Shopping Days
Jun 5 – Jun 8 all-day

Member Shopping Days: Museum members receive 20% off in The Museum Shop in store and online!

Not a member? Learn more about membership benefits.

Jun
14
Sat
JUNETEENTH FAMILY DAY: Fresh Faces of Freedom
Jun 14 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Free admission & family art activities from 10am – 5pm.

JUNETEENTH FAMILY DAY: Fresh Faces of Freedom: Join us to celebrate African American art and culture and to commemorate Juneteenth, an important date in history that marks the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, the enslaved in Galveston, Texas, first learned of their freedom – two and a half years after the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Explore artwork of African American artists in the collection and The Amistad Center‘s traveling display, Fresh Faces of Youth. Create a fresh face of your own using kente cloth patterns, pose for a picture, explore faces in art with a docent, and learn about historical figures in the abolitionist movement with performances by the Ray of Hope project. This free, fun-filled family event includes something for everyone!

A FREE shuttle bus will run between the museum, the Mark Twain House, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, and ImPACT Fest in Bushnell Park.

Facebook event here.

WHERE TO PARK
We’re offering FREE parking all day at Front Street North Garage located at 105 Columbus Blvd – validate your parking stub at one of our activity stations (museum visitors only). On street parking is also free on Saturdays & Sundays. View a map of all downtown parking options.

Presented by The Amistad Center for Art & Culture in partnership with the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Juneteenth Family Day is sponsored by The Hartford.

ABOVE: Robert Tomlin, Bazooka Bubble Gum, 1998. Tempera on board. Collection of Joyce Willis.

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Jun
20
Fri
Gallery Talk: Curatorial Eye
Jun 20 @ 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: Curatorial Eye: Join Oliver Tostmann, Susan Morse Hilles Curator of European Paintings and Sculpture, for a new look at European Masterworks from the Permanent Collection. Free with museum admission.

View upcoming Gallery Talks.

 

From Our Collection

1490, di Cosimo 1899, Degas Wojnarowicz, 1990 1543, van Hemessen
 

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