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, meet at the Information Desk by The Museum Shop.

Sep
18
Thu
Lecture: Costuming Hollywood in its Golden Age
Sep 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Lecture: Costuming Hollywood in its Golden AgeLecture: Costuming Hollywood in its Golden Age: Fit for a Screen: The Costume & Textile Society invites you into the world of Hollywood costume design with guest lecturer and collector John Davey. Davey will discuss the specific challenges and requirements inherent in designing clothing for film, using unique examples from his vast collection of Hollywood and couture clothing.

6 pm: Costuming Hollywood in its Golden Age in Aetna Theater
7 pm: Cocktail party in Loctite Lobby

Tickets required: $30; $25 Costume & Textile Society members
Purchase tickets by calling 860-838-4021 OR at the door. Cash or check ONLY.

About John Davey
John Davey has been a collector of vintage Hollywood Costumes, Vintage Fashion and Haute Couture for the past 15 years. Starting in 1999 with his first purchase of an unknown Lana Turner negligee and an unknown Sophia Loren knit dress which he managed to identify, he is fast becoming one of the leading experts in this genre. His interest in Hollywood costume history led him to an interest in fashion and textile history and preservation. He presently owns and curates over 500 vintage Hollywood film costumes and celebrity apparel and over 800 pieces of haute couture and finer vintage ready to wear. He has exhibited parts of his collection in numerous private functions as well as lecturing for the Boston Fashion Council and the Initiatives in Art & Culture Conference in New York City. Most recently, he has exhibited his costumes at the Katharine Hepburn Museum in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, the Hollywood Museum in the retrospective Loretta Young: Hollywood Legend, and is part of the upcoming Hollywood Glamour: Fashion and Jewelry from the Silver Screen exhibition at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in September 2014.

Davey is the Library Manager at the law firm of Alston & Bird LLP in New York City and moonlights also as a classical opera singer and antique appraiser.

RELATED PROGRAMMING
Sunday, Sept. 14, 1pm | Double Screening: Now, Voyager & Sorry, Wrong Number

Costuming Hollywood in its Golden Age: Fit for a Screen is presented by the Costume & Textile Society of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

Sep
19
Fri
Gallery Talk: The Intriguing Medium of Rock
Sep 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Albert Bierstadt, In the Mountains, 1867, oil on canvas

Albert Bierstadt, In the Mountains, 1867, oil on canvas

Gallery Talk: The Intriguing Medium of Rock: Take a closer look at Carl Andre’s Stone Field Sculpture and works by artists of the Hudson River School with Robert Thorson, Professor of Geology at the University of Connecticut and author of Stone by Stone: The Magnificent History in New England’s Stone Walls. Explore the range of artistry found in Hartford’s most famous boulders and the distant grandeur of 19-century landscapes.

Read Thorson’s recent Op Ed in The Hartford Courant.

Free with admission; meet at the Information Desk by The Museum Shop.

Sep
20
Sat
Envisionfest Community Day: The View from Here
Sep 20 all-day

envisionfest community dayEnvisionfest Community Day: The View from Here: Explore a new point of view at the third annual Envisionfest Hartford – a citywide family-friendly festival that showcases Hartford’s abundance of history, the arts, and culture. Free museum admission 10 am – 5 pm.

ART ACTIVITIES
All Day! 10 am – 5 pm

Art Activity: Zentangles
Join Charter Oak Cultural Center and teaching artist Cheryl Cianci in a Zentangle workshop for all ages. Create your own relaxing doodle using beautiful pen-and-ink patterns.

Art Activity: A Street-Eye View
Imagine walking down your street, what do you see? Learn about one-point perspective while creating your own imaginary Hartford street inspired by images from around the city and works from our collection.

PERFORMANCES

10 – 10:30 am
Hartford All-City Youth Orchestra
Enjoy the sounds of Charter Oak Cultural Center’s youth orchestra in an outdoor performance featuring an ensemble of young musicians.

noon – 12:30 pm
Colonel Pope and the Hartford Hot Several
Move to the rhythm of the Hartford Hot Several, a Hartford-based brass band specializing in surprise performances and general ruckus.

1 – 3:30 pm
Let’s Move! with CONNetic Dance
Pick up a Let’s Move! Family Guide and explore art and movement with interactive activities led by dancers from CONNetic Dance. Share your experience by participating in the Let’s Move! social media challenge!

SMALL TALKS
Explore art from a new point of view! Speakers with different areas of expertise give 15-minute, informal talks about artworks in our permanent collection.

All talks begin in Gray Court, just inside the museum’s Main Street entrance.

11 am
Out to Sea
Tommy Seda, Captain of the Quinnipiack in New Haven, brings his knowledge of life at sea to explore seascapes by three different artists in our European collection.

noon
All About Kids
A young art enthusiast from the Boys & Girls Club at West Middle describes art from a kid’s perspective, focusing on depictions of children in American art.

1 pm
He Said, She Said
Jama Holchin, a museum professional, and John Holchin, an engineer, talk about couples in art through the lens of their own experience as a married pair.

2 pm
Back in Time

Director of American Studies at Trinity College Scott Gac discusses tough topics of masculinity, race, and violence in relation to early American art in the collection.

3 pm
Poetic Perspective
Poet Bessy Reyna talks about the ways that art can inspire poetry, starting with one of her favorite paintings in the collection: Georgia O’Keeffe’s The Lawrence Tree.

4 pm
Making Art Happen
David Borawski, art handler, artist, and curator of Atom Space gallery, talks about how his experience in various art-world roles has shaped his perspective on art in the collection.

MUSEUM SHOP SAVINGS: Children’s books are 20% off in The Museum Shop through September 30! Stop in the during your visit or shop online.

Envisionfest Community Day is presented in partnership with The iQuilt Plan.

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Oct
2
Thu
First Thursday: Frohawk Two Feathers / MATRIX 170
Oct 2 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Frohawk Two Feathers, That high-born on the team, Lucretia Theroux, Self- styled Queen of New York and founder of the Order of Bast, Or, another example of the historical side-chick, dipped in the latest fashions, fronting like she real, 2014, acrylic, ink, coffee, and tea on paper, courtesy the artist. © Frohawk Two Feathers

Frohawk Two Feathers, On loving someone who doesn’t love you back and compensating for that with plotting and murder. T H O T 1 7 9 1 That high-born on the team. Lucretia Theroux. Self-styled Queen of New York and founder of the Order of Bast. Or, another example of the historical side-chick, dipped in the latest fashions, fronting like she real. 2014. Acrylic, ink, coffee, and tea on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York. © Frohawk Two Feathers

First Thursday: Frohawk Two Feathers / MATRIX 170: Join us for the opening of Frohawk Two Feathers / MATRIX 170, featuring an Artist Talk at 6pm, a special hip-hop performance by Superdeluxe (Frohawk Two Feathers & Micah James) at 7pm, complimentary food and cash bar, an art-making activity sponsored by The Hartford Courant and Trashion Fashion, and more!

Stay for an 8pm screening of the Manhattan Short Film Festival (regular film admission applies).

Facebook event here.

First Thursday After Hours: Visit us the first Thursday of every month for extended exhibition hours, music, cocktails, food, art activities, a film & more!

From Our Collection

Neel, 1963 Drexler, 1963 1907, Monet Mendieta, 1972
 

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