June – September 2014

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.

 

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
Second Saturdays: Make Waves
Jul 12 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Helen Frankenthaler, Sea Picture with Black, 1959, oil on canvas

Helen Frankenthaler, Sea Picture with Black, 1959, oil on canvas

Second Saturdays: Make Waves: Be a part of The Wave, a traveling and growing community engagement project developed by artists Susan Hoffman Fishman and Elena Kalman.

Using recyclable film, we’ll create water shapes that connect to pieces from previous project sites.

Free Family Tours:

  • 10:30 – 11amABCs: Art, Books, Connections
  • 11am – noonAsk About Art
  • 11:30am – noonEyes on Art Family Tour

Facebook event here.

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!

Second Saturdays for Families is funded by Aetna. Additional support provided by the J. Walton Bissell Foundation, Inc., The Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, the George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., and Alan S. Parker, Esq., Trustees. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.

This event is presented with additional support by Awesome Foundation. Each month this organization helps fund a worthy and awesome project that brings a smile to the Connecticut community. Learn more at make-a-wave.org.

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
9
Sat
Second Saturdays: Land & Sky
Aug 9 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Ruben Ochoa, Darkening Sky, 2014, acrylic house paint and dirt on canvas, courtesy of the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects

Ruben Ochoa, Darkening Sky, 2014, acrylic house paint and dirt on canvas, courtesy of the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects

Second Saturdays: Land & Sky: Inspired by Ruben Ochoa / MATRIX 169: Cloudless Day, make your own earth and skyscapes while listening to Latin and classical guitar by Lorena Garay. View photographs by students participating in the Greater Hartford Arts Council‘s Neighborhood Studios program hosted by The Amistad Center for Art & Culture.

SCHEDULE OF FREE ACTIVITIES

10am – 1pm: Earth and Sky
Create an earth and skyscape using mixed media. Avery Court

10:30 – 11am: ABCs: Art, Books, Connections Tour
Make connections between art and stories during this docent-led tour for young children and accompanying adults. Meet at Information Desk

11am – 12pm: Ask About Art
Talk to a docent about Ruben Ochoa’s art. MATRIX Gallery

11:30am – 12pm: Eyes on Art Family Tour
Explore land and sky in art during this docent-led tour for all ages. Meet at Information Desk 

12 – 1pm: SNAP! Photography Exhibition
Stop in and talk to student participants about their photography and the Neighborhood Studios Program. Hartford Courant Room

Facebook event here.

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!

Second Saturdays for Families are funded by Aetna. Additional support provided by the J. Walton Bissell Foundation, Inc., The Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, the George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., and Alan S. Parker, Esq., Trustees. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.

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
13
Sat
Second Saturdays: The Four Seasons
Sep 13 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Marc Chagall, Autumn in the Village, 1939-45, oil on canvas

Marc Chagall, Autumn in the Village, 1939-45, oil on canvas

Second Saturdays: The Four Seasons: As the seasons change, we notice nature’s changing colors. Look at images of seasonal change in the museum and create your own print of a tree through the four seasons. Watch a printing demonstration by Hartford Prints!. Free admission 10am – 1pm.

Free Family Tours:

  • 10:30 – 11amABCs: Art, Books, Connections
  • 11am – noonAsk About Art
  • 11:30am – noonEyes on Art Family Tour

Facebook event here

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!

Second Saturdays for Families are funded by Aetna. Additional support provided by the J. Walton Bissell Foundation, Inc., The Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, the George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., and Alan S. Parker, Esq., Trustees. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.

 

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: Guest lecturer and collector John Davey discusses the challenges and requirements inherent in designing clothing for film, using unique examples from his vast collection of Hollywood and couture clothing. Following the lecture enjoy a cocktail reception in Loctite Lobby.

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

Tickets: Purchase tickets by credit card or check. To pay by credit card call Nick Mandella at 860-838-4021. OR mail your check, payable to Wadsworth Atheneum, to Martha Johnson, 32 Cambridge Crossing, Avon, CT 06001. Please write “C&T 9/18 event” in check memo line. Reserve your spot by Thursday, September 11!

About John Davey
John Davey has been a collector of vintage Hollywood Costumes and 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.

John 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.

This event is sponsored by the Costume & Textile Society.

From Our Collection

Warhol, 1986 Rauschenberg, 1963 D'Arcangelo, 1963 Colescott, 1992
 

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