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 – 11am – ABCs: Art, Books, Connections
- 11am – noon – Ask About Art
- 11:30am – noon – Eyes on Art Family Tour
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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.
Double Screening: Now, Voyager & Sorry, Wrong Number: Watch two films for the price of one! In advance of the upcoming lecture by John Davey, Costuming Hollywood in its Golden Age, the costumes worn by Bette Davis and Barbara Stanwyck in Now, Voyager and Sorry, Wrong Number, will be on view before the screenings. Doors open 1 pm.
1 pm, Now, Voyager: A psychiatrist aids a repressed woman’s recovery and transformation into a modern, attractive, and glamorous woman as she fights to free herself from tyrannical shackles of her domineering mother and she subsequently finds love. 1942. USA. 117 min. Not Rated. B&W. Directed by Irving Rapper. Starring Bette Davis and Claude Rains.
3 pm, Sorry, Wrong Number: In this film noir, a bedridden hypochondriac who is trying to make a call from her bedroom telephone gets her wires crossed and inadvertently overhears two men plotting a murder. 1948. USA. 89 min. Not Rated. B&W. Directed by Anatole Litvak. Starring Barbara Stanwyck and Burt Lancaster.
Presented by Data-Mail, Inc. and the Mandell Family.
Film: Middle of Nowhere: When her husband is sentenced to eight years in prison, a woman drops out of medical school in order to focus on her husband’s well being while he’s incarcerated – leading her on a journey of self-discovery. 2012. USA. 97 min. Rated R. Directed by Ava DuVernay. Starring Emayatzy Corinealdi, David Oyelowo, and Omari Hardwick. Hartford Premiere.
Presented with the Charter Oak Cultural Center as part of the Girlcott Feminist Film Festival, September 18-21.
Envisionfest 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.