September – October 2014

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
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 galleries and create your own print of a tree through the four seasons. Watch a demonstration by Hartford Prints, a downtown Hartford printing press, and use their hand carved linoleum blocks to stamp your own handmade card! 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: The Costume & Textile Society invites you into the world of Hollywood costume design with guest lecturer and collector John Davey. Davey will discuss the specific challenges and requirements inherent in designing clothing for film, using unique examples from his vast collection of Hollywood and couture clothing.

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

Tickets required: $30; $25 Costume & Textile Society members
Purchase tickets by calling 860-838-4021 OR at the door. Cash or check ONLY.

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

Davey 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.

RELATED PROGRAMMING
Sunday, Sept. 14, 1pm | Double Screening: Now, Voyager & Sorry, Wrong Number

Costuming Hollywood in its Golden Age: Fit for a Screen is presented by the Costume & Textile Society of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

Sep
19
Fri
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 Robert Thorson, Professor 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.

Read Thorson’s recent Op Ed in The Hartford Courant.

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

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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Sep
21
Sun
Jazz Brunch: Sting to Swing
Sep 21 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

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

The buffet brunch 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.

$35, $25 members. Purchase tickets online or call (860) 838-4100, Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 4:30pm. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch & complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa.

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 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).

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!

Oct
8
Wed
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, Lady in the Dark: Iris Barry & 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. Lady in the Dark is available for purchase in The Museum Shop.

Free and open to the public. Enter via Avery Court on Atheneum Square North.

Please note: due to a major event at the XL Center Oct. 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.

RELATED PROGRAMMING
Sunday, Oct. 12, 1pm | Classic Film Screening

Sponsored by the Sarah Goodwin Austin Memorial Fund.

Oct
9
Thu
Gallery Talk: Tony Smith & the Wadsworth Atheneum
Oct 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Mark Rothko, Untitled, 1949, oil on canvas, Gift of Tony Smith

Mark Rothko, Untitled, 1949, oil on canvas, Gift of Tony Smith

Gallery Talk: Tony Smith & the Wadsworth Atheneum: Well-known Minimalist sculptor Tony Smith had a special relationship with the Wadsworth Atheneum, which hosted his first solo exhibition in 1966. Smith’s anonymous donation to the museum in 1967 forms the core of its Abstract Expressionist collection. Explore the fruits of this important relationship with Eileen Doyle, The Marsted Curatorial Fellow for Contemporary Art.

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

Oct
11
Sat
Second Saturdays: Adventures & Expeditions
Oct 11 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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Walton Ford, Novaya Zemlya Still Life, 2006, watercolor, gouache, ink, and graphite on paper

In observance of the Hartford Marathon on Saturday, Oct. 11, Second Saturdays programming will take place in the afternoon from 1 – 4pm. Museum admission is free ALL DAY, 10am – 5pm.

Second Saturdays: Adventures & Expeditions: Look at Walton Ford’s painting that recalls an expedition to the North Pole in the Connections Gallery and find other works of art that take you to new territory! Imagine a destination and make an illustrated map to get you there and a journal to document your journey.

Free Family Tours:

  • 1 pm, Museum Highlights
  • 1:30 pm, Eyes on Art Family Tour
  • 2 – 3 pm, Ask About Art
  • 2:30 pm, Theme Tour: Looking at Landscapes

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.

Oct
16
Thu
Reception, Talk & Film: Belle
Oct 16 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

belle_webReception, Talk & Film: Belle: The true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate daughter of British Admiral John Lindsay and an enslaved woman. Sent to live with her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield, she is treated almost as one of the family, becoming close with her cousin Lady Elizabeth. Belle, together with an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on changing society, helps shape Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England. 2013. UK. 104 min. Rated PG.

6:30 pm: Reception
7 pm: Film, introduction by Dr. Barbara Krauthamer, Associate Professor, Department of History, UMass Amherst

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

ADDITIONAL SCREENING
Sunday, Oct 19 at 2pm (film only)

This film is presented with The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, and The Mark Twain House & Museum.

Oct
19
Sun
Jazz Brunch: Deborah Wang Trio
Oct 19 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Jazz Brunch: Deborah Wang 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 Deborah Wang 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.

$35, $25 members. Purchase tickets online or call (860) 838-4100, Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 4:30pm. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch & complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa.

Oct
26
Sun
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.

From Our Collection

Drexler, 1963 Noland, 1989-90 1757, Greuze Thiebaud, 1961
 

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