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

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

First Thursday Block Party: Caribbean Festival
Aug 7 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

First Thursday Caribbean block partyFirst Thursday Block Party: Caribbean Festival: Don’t miss our final block party of the summer!

  • De 4 AhWee Steel Band from 5 – 6 pm
  • Amandla Reggae Band from 6 – 9 pm
  • Stilt walkers – Mike Mohammed & Son
  • Performances by the Caribbean American Dance Company at 5:30 and 6:30 pm
  • Body art by Amazing Face Art
  • Costume parade at 7 pm by the Connecticut International Culture Carnival Association
  • Dominoes
  • Hands on art activity outside from 5 – 8 pm: make your own costume pieces
  • Complimentary food and cash bar
  • Film at 8 pm, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Facebook event here.

Wear the color YELLOW for free admission!

First Thursday After Hours
Join us the first Thursday of every month for extended exhibition hours, music, cocktails, food, art activities, a film & more! View photos from our previous First Thursday Block Party, which took place June 5, 2014.

This event is presented with The Taste of the Caribbean and Jerk Festival.  First Thursdays After Hours are supported by funding from the Connecticut Office of Tourism.

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.


First Thursday: Sing the Blues
Sep 4 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

2013_aug_first-thursday_webFirst Thursday: Sing the Blues: End the summer on a high note! Enjoy live music by XY Eli Blues Band, a 3 in 30 tour of artworks with the color blue, a pop up shop by Hartford Denim Company, a landscape painting demo and workshop, performances by Hartford-based improv and sketch comedy group Tick Tick BOOM!, cash bar, and more! Stay for an 8pm screening of Le Week-End.

$5, free for members

Facebook event here

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

Presented with support from the Connecticut Office of Tourism.

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

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.

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 Professor Robert Thorson, Department 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.

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

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.

Visit us to see artworks in the collection like you’ve never seen them before at informal Small Talks, where speakers with unique perspectives share their favorite pieces. Dance to live music, experience special performances, and create your own work of art to take home!


Art Activity: Zentangles
Join the Charter Oak Cultural Center and certified Zentangle teaching artist Cheryl Cianci on the museum’s Main Street lawn to participate in a drop-in, collaborative Zentangle workshop.

Art Activity: One-Point Perspective
Learn about one-point perspective and create your own path drawing in Avery Court that incorporates people, places, and ideas to depict your “point of view on life.”

Hartford Public Schools Performance
Student groups from Hartford Public Schools will perform in Aetna Theater throughout the day. Admission is free and open to the public.

Let’s Move! Tours
Grab a pedometer and follow the Let’s Move! audio tour while counting your steps. A certified fitness instructor will also lead us through low-impact stretches inspired by artworks in the collection.

Small Talks – 11am – 4pm
Talks will begin in the galleries on the hour and the half-hour, and will last between 15 and 30 minutes.


Presented in partnership with The iQuilt Plan


Lecture & Book Signing: Lady in the Dark: Iris Barry & the Art of Film
Oct 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Lady in the Dark: Iris Barry and the art of Filmr_webLecture & Book Signing: Lady in the Dark: Iris Barry & the Art of FilmRobert Sitton, Adjunct Professor of Media and Culture at Marylhurst University, discusses his book, which chronicles the friendships and professional networks developed by pivotal modernist figures Iris Barry and Chick Austin, and the enduring impact such relationships had on their lives and careers. Book signing and cash bar reception to follow.

Enter via Avery Court on Atheneum Square North.

Sponsored by the Sarah Goodwin Austin Memorial Fund.

Sunday Serenades: Mozart & MATRIX
Oct 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Sunday Serenades: Mozart & MATRIX: Join us in the galleries for a chamber music concert inspired by the complex international saga of exploration, colonization, and world domination, depicted in Frohawk Two Feathers / MATRIX 170, and features Henry Purcell’s Golden Sonata, François Couperin’s Les Nations: L’Impériale, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Quintet, K. 452. Presented in collaboration with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, featuring Concertmaster Leonid Sigal.

$30; $25 members & HSO subscribers. Purchase tickets online or call (860) 244-2999.

Concert: In Order to Survive with William Parker
Nov 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Concert: In Order to Survive with William Parker: The great William Parker—American free jazz double bassist, multi-instrumentalist, poet and composer—performs live in the Aetna Theater.

Tickets: $15; $12 Real Art Ways, Hartford Jazz Society & museum members. To purchase tickets call 860-838-4100 Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am – 4:30 pm.

Enter via Avery Court on Atheneum Square North.

This event is presented with Real Art Ways and the Hartford Jazz Society.

From Our Collection

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Hours & Admission

Wednesday – Friday: 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
First Thursdays: 11 am – 8 pm

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