August – November 2014

Aug
7
Thu
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!

Sep
4
Thu
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.

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 satirical 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.

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

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

Lady in the Dark: Iris Barry and the art of Filmr_webTalk & Book Signing: Lady in the Dark: Iris Barry and the Art of FilmRobert Sitton, Adjunct Professor of Media and Culture at Marylhurst University, discusses his book, Lady in the Dark: Iris Barry and the Art of Film, 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. Free and open to the public. Enter via Avery Court on Atheneum Square North.

Lady in the Dark is available for purchase for $40 in The Museum Shop.

Please note: due to a major event at the XL Center on October 8 it is recommended you leave ample time for travel and parking if you plan to attend this lecture. The Front Street South garage offers $5 parking after 5pm. Additional museum parking options available here.

RELATED PROGRAMMING
Sunday, Oct. 12, 1pm | Classic Film Screening (FOUR films for the price of ONE!)

Sponsored by the Sarah Goodwin Austin Memorial Fund.

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

Frohawk Two Feathers, On the tragic folly of Holofernes, replayed at the American Ophir two millennia later. [detail], 2014, acrylic on deer hide, 54 x 54 inches, Courtesy of the artist and Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, © Frohawk Two Feathers

Frohawk Two Feathers, On the tragic folly of Holofernes, replayed at the American Ophir two millennia later. [detail], 2014, acrylic on deer hide, 54 x 54 inches, Courtesy of the artist and Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, © Frohawk Two Feathers

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.

Purchase tickets online or call (860) 244-2999.

Oct
30
Thu
Hypno-Hartford
Oct 30 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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Hypno-Hartford: You are getting very sleepy. Very, very sleepy. You are very relaxed. You are overcome by the desire to see a hilarious hypnotist in Hartford, and when you reach the end of this listing you will click and purchase tickets to Hypno-Hartford, a show brought to you by Hartford.com and the Hartford Business Improvement District starring comic-hypnotist Matthew James. Matthew James has performed hundreds of shows for Five-Star resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean, colleges and high schools, fairs and festivals, as well as world famous comedy clubs in NYC and Boston.

Comedic jugglers King & Ryan will open.

Tickets are $10. Click here to purchase online.

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

the POSH Sale 2014_wadsworth atheneum_Maria Weber PhotographyFirst Thursday: Fashion Frenzy: Join us for an evening dedicated to fashion and the museum’s Costume & Textile collection! Enjoy live music by The Blue Cherry Band, cocktails, free food, a fashion show by Stackpole Moore Tryon Tuesday’s and Arthur Murray Studio of Glastonbury featuring items in The POSH Sale and more! Stay for an 8pm screening of Yves Saint Laurent. $5; free for members and students with ID.

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!

This event is presented with The Costume & Textile Society of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

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!

ADDITIONAL SCREENING
Sunday, Nov 9 at 2pm

Nov
8
Sat
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 with his band In Order to Survive. $15; $12 Real Art Ways, Hartford Jazz Society & museum members.

Purchase tickets online or call 860-838-4100 Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am – 4:30 pm.

Enter the museum via Avery Court on Atheneum Square North.

Facebook event here.

The performance of William Parker and In Order to Survive, presented by Real Art Ways, Inc. in collaboration with Hallwalls, Inc. and Kerrytown Concert House, Inc., is supported by Presenter Consortium for Jazz, a program of Chamber Music America funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Nov
14
Fri
An Evening with New England Poets Laureate
Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

An Evening with New England Poets Laureate: Readings by Dick Allen, Poet Laureate of Connecticut; Sydney Lea, Poet Laureate of Vermont; Alice Fogel, Poet Laureate of New Hampshire; and Wesley McNair, Poet Laureate of Maine, followed by a Q&A. Free and open to the public.

For more information visit riverwoodpoetry.org or call 860-729-8861.

Enter the museum via Avery Court on Atheneum Square North.

Nov
16
Sun
Jazz Brunch: Sam Vinci Swing & Jazz Trio
Nov 16 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Jazz Brunch: Sam Vinci Swing & Jazz Trio: Join us for a brunch buffet while listening to some of Hartford’s best live jazz music during our Sunday Jazz Brunch with the Sam Vinci Swing & Jazz Trio! Seating’s at 11am and 12:30pm. Afterwards, explore the galleries on your own or take a tour with a docent.

The brunch buffet features a carving station, the chef’s “special of the day,” bacon, sausage, home fries, fresh fruit, a waffle station with whipped cream and assorted toppings, pastries and breads, assorted juices, tea and coffee. Vegetarian options available by request.

Purchase tickets online or call 860-838-4100, Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 4:30pm. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch & complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa.

From Our Collection

1594, Caravaggio 1731, Canaletto 1749, Panini 1773, Wright
 

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