March – June 2014
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.
Gallery Talk: Restoring European Art: Discuss conservation philosophy and practice for European art with Ulrich Birkmaier, Chief Conservator. Free with museum admission.
Docent 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.
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 museum and Hartford over the course of his artistic career.
Thanks to A. Everett “Chick” Austin, the museum’s first 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.
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.
Gallery Talk: American Memorial: Look at American Decorative Arts that capture the life and legacy of American military heroes with Alyce Perry Englund, Richard Koopman Associate Curator for American Decorative Arts. Free with museum admission.
Gallery Talk: Curatorial Eye: Join Oliver Tostmann, Susan Morse Hilles Curator of European Paintings and Sculpture, for a new look at European works in the collection.