April – September 2014

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
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
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.

 

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
12
Sat
Film: Bill Cunningham New York
Jul 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Film: Bill Cunningham New York: A funny and poignant portrait of a dedicated photographer and cultural anthropologist who has been chronicling fashion trends and high-society for decades. 2010. USA. 84 min. Not Rated. Directed by Richard Press.

Stay for a post-film discussion with author and Connecticut Humanities discussion facilitator David Garnes.

Watch the Bill Cunningham New York trailer:

CT At Work: A Connecticut Humanities Initiative: Since the fall of 2013 the Connecticut Humanities Council has led a statewide initiative to engage residents in an in-depth exploration of CT at Work.

Saturday, July 19, 2pm | Connecticut Towns: Iron and Ivory in Connecticut

Additional support provided by Data-Mail, Inc. and the Mandell Family.

Jul
19
Sat
Big Bash Colt Festival: Family Tour
Jul 19 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Big Bash Colt Festival: Family Tour: Explore objects in the collection that demonstrate Samuel Colt’s extraordinary legacy in this docent-led tour for all ages. Meet at the Information Desk by the Museum Shop; free with admission.

At 2:30pm join us for a curator-led gallery talk about Colt objects on view.

Preview your visit with our new slideshow of Colt Collection objects here.

The Big Bash Colt Festival is a citywide celebration of Samuel Colt’s 200th birthday, showcasing Hartford’s rich collection of historic Colt assets and materials.

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Film (2 for 1): Connecticut Towns: Iron & Ivory in Connecticut
Jul 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

visions of ironFilm (2 for 1): Connecticut Towns: Iron & Ivory in Connecticut: Watch two films about Connecticut’s industrial history: Visions of Iron, 2008, produced by the Sharon Historical Society, followed by, Legacies of White Gold, 2005, directed by Gary Ribchinsky. USA. 65 min total. Not Rated.

After the screening stay for a discussion with author and Connecticut Humanities discussion facilitator David Garnes.

Watch a clip of Visions of Iron.

CT At Work: A Connecticut Humanities Initiative
Since the fall of 2013 the Connecticut Humanities Council has led a statewide initiative to engage residents in an in-depth exploration of CT at Work.

Saturday, July 12, 2pm | Bill Cunningham New York

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

Big Bash Colt Festival: Tour of the Samuel & Elizabeth Colt Collections
Jul 19 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Big Bash Colt Festival: Tour of the Samuel & Elizabeth Colt Collections: Join Alyce Perry Englund, Richard Koopman Associate Curator for American Decorative Arts, on a tour through the Colt Collection. Meet at the Information Desk by the Museum Shop; free with admission.

At 10:30am join us for an all-ages tour of objects on view related to Samuel Colt.

Preview your visit with our new slideshow of Colt Collection objects here.

The Big Bash Colt Festival is a city-wide celebration of Samuel Colt’s 200th birthday, showcasing Hartford’s rich collection of historic Colt assets and materials.

J. Massey Rhind, Samuel Colt as a Boy, 1902, Roman Bronze Works, New York, bronze

J. Massey Rhind, Samuel Colt as a Boy, 1902, Roman Bronze Works, New York, bronze

Aug
1
Fri
Gallery Talk: Art Traffic
Aug 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
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Allan D’Arcangelo, Here and now, 1963, liquitex on canvas with mirror

Gallery Talk: Art Traffic: Edd Russo, Head Registrar, and Mary Busick, Registrar for Loans and Exhibitions, discuss the behind-the-scene processes of borrowing, loaning, measuring, moving, and keeping track of works of art.

Meet at the Information Desk by the Museum Shop; free with admission.

View upcoming talks and lectures.

Aug
14
Thu
Gallery Talk: Ruben Ochoa / MATRIX 169
Aug 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Ruben Ochoa, Cloudless Day, 2014, Acrylic house paint and dirt on canvas, courtesy of the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects

Ruben Ochoa, Cloudless Day, 2014, Acrylic house paint and dirt on canvas, courtesy of the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects

Gallery Talk: Ruben Ochoa / MATRIX 169: Patricia Hickson, Emily Hall Tremaine Curator of Contemporary Art, gives an introduction to MATRIX 169 / Ruben Ochoa: Cloudless Day, on view through September 7, 2014.

Free with admission; meet by the Museum Shop.

 

Sep
5
Fri
Gallery Talk: Lines & Squares
Sep 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Piet Mondrian, Composition in Blue and White, 1935, oil on canvas

Piet Mondrian, Composition in Blue and White, 1935, oil on canvas

Gallery Talk: Lines & Squares: Some of the simplest forms – lines and geometric shapes – can express the most creative and profound ideas in art. Anne Butler Rice, Public Programs Manager, looks at lines and shapes by artists from Mondrian to Byron Kim. Free with admission.

From Our Collection

1775, Corvi 1881, Doyen 1628, de Zurbaran 1826, Cole
 

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