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.

CANCELED: First Thursday
Jul 3 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

CANCELED: First Thursday: July’s First Thursday After Hours is canceled in observance of Independence Day.

Join us August 7 for First Thursday Caribbean Block Party!

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.

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.

Film: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Aug 7 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

mandela: long walk to freedomFilm: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom: A chronicle of Nelson Mandela’s life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. 2013. UK/South African. 141 min. Rated PG-13. English and Subtitles. Directed by Justin Chadwick. Starring Idris Elba.

Free with admission to First Thursday Block Party: Caribbean Festival!

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. Wear the color BLUE for free admission!

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.

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.

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.


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!

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.

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.



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).

Members receive 20% off in The Museum Shop during Member Shopping Days!

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!

Manhattan Short Film Festival
Oct 2 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Manhattan Short Film Festival: Back by popular demand! Unite with film lovers throughout the world to view and vote on your favorite short film during the 17th annual Manhattan Short Film Festival.

For more information and this year’s lineup of shorts visit The Manhattan Short website at ManhattanShort.com.

$9; $8 Seniors (62+) & Students with ID; $7 Members; Free for Insider Access Members.

Saturday, Oct 4 at 7pm
Sunday, Oct 5 at 2pm


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. The program features Henry Purcell’s Golden Sonata, François Couperin’s Les Nations: L’Impériale, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Quintet, K. 452. Presented with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, featuring Concertmaster Leonid Sigal.

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

First Thursday: Fashion Frenzy
Nov 6 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

First Thursday: Fashion Frenzy: Join us for an homage to fashion and the Costume & Textile collection! The evening includes a fashion show, art activity, live music, free food, cash bar and more. Film at 8pm: Yves Saint Laurent.

$5; free for members

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

This event is presented with The Costume & Textile Society and Stackpole Moore Tryon Tuesday’s.

Film: Yves St. Laurent
Nov 6 @ 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm

Yves-St.-Laurent_webFilm: Yves St. Laurent: The life of iconic French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent is celebrated in this glossy biopic. 2014. France. 106 min. Rated R. Subtitles. Directed by Jalil Lespert. Starring Pierre Niney and Guillaume Gallienne.

Free with admission to First Thursday: Fashion Frenzy!

Sunday, Nov 9 at 2pm

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

parker_webConcert: 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 concert 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