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
4
Sun
Sunday Serenades: Whistler & Ives
May 4 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

1925.393_WEBSunday Serenades Chamber Music Concert: Whistler & Ives: This concert is presented in collaboration with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and features Concertmaster Leonid Sigal.

Concert Program:
Horatio Parker (1863-1919): Suite, Op. 35
Ingolf Dahl (1912-1970): Concerto a Tre
Charles Ives (1874-1954): Violin Sonata No. 2
Peter Schickele (1935-): Quartet

Purchase tickets online or call 860-244-2999.

The Sunday Serenades Chamber Music Series is made possible, in part, by the Helen M. Saunders Charitable Foundation Music Endowment at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

ABOVE: James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Coast of Brittany (Alone with the Tide), 1861, Oil on canvas, In Memory of William Arnold Healy, Given by his daughter, Susie Healy Camp, 1925.393

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
11
Sun
Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch: Mel Nelson Trio with Nikki Armstrong
May 11 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch: Mel Nelson Trio with vocals by Nikki Armstrong: Join us for a brunch buffet while listening to some of Hartford’s best live jazz music during our Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch with the Mel Nelson Trio with vocals by Nikki Armstrong! 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, Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am – 4:30 pm. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch & complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa.

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
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
15
Sun
Father’s Day Jazz Brunch: June Bisantz with Alex Nakhimovsky & Norman Johnson
Jun 15 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Father’s Day Jazz Brunch: June Bisantz with Alex Nakhimovsky & Norman Johnson: Join us for a brunch buffet while listening to some of Hartford’s best live jazz music during our Father’s Day Jazz Brunch with June Bisantz with Alex Nakhimovsky and Norman Johnson! 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, Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am – 4:30 pm. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch & complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa

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.

 

Jun
25
Wed
Concert: Approaching the Garden
Jun 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
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William Hooker

Concert: Approaching the GardenApproaching the Garden is a multimedia musical work by American jazz drummer and composer William Hooker that fuses percussion, spoken word, electronics, alto sax, piano, and 3D animation.

This performance features guitarist Ed Kasparek and alto sax player Richard McGhee III. Stay for a Q&A session with the musicians after the show.

Doors open 6:30pm; music starts 7:30pm.

Purchase tickets online or call 860-838-4100, Wed. through Sun., 10am – 4:30pm. Online sales end June 24. Tickets also available at the door.

MUSICIAN BIOS

William Hooker: A native of New Britain, CT, William Hooker is one of the most innovative composers and drummers of his generation. His disciplined, visionary, and energetic approach to his work distinguishes him as an important contemporary musician.

Ed Kasparek: Ed Kasparek is a multi-instrumentalist and experimental composer with an interest in exploring the inner self and mystical aspects of creativity through music, sound, and integrated digital media. His work is diverse and includes the utilization of unconventional systemic graphic notation, interactive video scores, the use of performance art and installation within musical contexts, and most recently 3D animation, “with music and as music, which establishes a new dimension in creative experience and the realization of a new hybrid art music for the 21st century.”

Richard McGhee III: With over 30 years experience, Richard McGhee III has worked with many world class musicians including Anthony Braxton, Jay Hoggard, and Sabir Mateen. He has performed in the Pork Pie Hat concert series, the Hartford Jazz Society’s Monday Night Jazz series, and the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz. In 2010 the U.S. Department of State sponsored Richard to travel as a musical ambassador to Capetown, South Africa.

IN THE NEWS
CTNow, June 16, Sounds in Bloom: Drummer William Hooker At The Atheneum by Mike Hamad

Approaching the Garden premiered at the 2013 Vancouver Jazz Festival.

Jul
10
Thu
Gallery Talk: Frames of Gold
Jul 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

frame_webGallery Talk: Frames of Gold: Zenon Gansziniec, Associate Frame Conservator, discusses the conservation treatment and gilding of frames in the collection. View equipment and materials used in the gilding process including brushes, tips, and gold leaf in various karats from around the world. Free with admission.

Jul
11
Fri
Movies & Music: The Thin Man Goes Home
Jul 11 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Thin_Man_Goes_Home_1944_23_webMovies & Music: The Thin Man Goes Home: Nick and Nora go on holiday, and end up involved in a murder. 1945. USA. 100 min. Not Rated. B&W. Directed by Richard Thorpe. Starring William Powell and Myrna Loy.

5:30 pm   Dinner and music by Melanie Chirignan Trio
8:15 pm   Film, The Thin Man Goes Home 

Members receive FREE admission and one free drink.
Regular film admission prices apply to non-members.

Not a member? Join now!

MOVIES & MUSIC UNDER THE STARS: On Friday evenings in July and August join us for live music, food, and a classic film under the stars outside in Gengras Court!

July 18Song of the Thin Man
July 25 – Ninotchka
August 1Bombshell
August 15Ecstasy
August 22Desire

Presented by Data-Mail, Inc. and the Mandell Family.

From Our Collection

Sherman, 1982 1846, Church 1872, Boudin 1640, Le Nain
 

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