July – September 2014
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!
Gallery 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.
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:
Saturday, July 19, 2pm | Connecticut Towns: Iron and Ivory in Connecticut
Additional support provided by Data-Mail, Inc. and the Mandell Family.
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.
Film (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.
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: 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.
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.
First 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
- 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.
Film: 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!
$5, free for members
Facebook event here
Presented with support from the Connecticut Office of Tourism.
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.
Lecture: 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.
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.