October – November 2014
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.
Talk & Book Signing: Lady in the Dark: Iris Barry and the Art of Film: Robert 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.
Sunday, Oct. 12, 1pm | Classic Film Screening (FOUR films for the price of ONE!)
Sponsored by the Sarah Goodwin Austin Memorial Fund.
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.
Film & Q&A: Diamond Ruff: Written and produced by local artist Joe Young, Jr., this tale of redemption tells of an orphan who becomes a big time con artist. Falsely accused, he ends up in prison and meets a man who changes his life. 2014. USA. 83 min. Not Rated (adult content). Directed by Alec Asten. Starring Fredro Starr and Felicia “Snoop” Pearson.
After the film stay for a Q&A session with Joe Young, cast and crew members.
Presented by Data-Mail Inc. and the Mandell Family.
PLEASE NOTE: In observance of the Hartford Marathon on Saturday, October 11, Second Saturdays programming will take place in the afternoon from 1 – 4 pm. MUSEUM ADMISSION IS FREE ALL DAY, 10 AM – 5 PM.
Second Saturdays: Adventures & Expeditions: Join us in the Connections Gallery to look at Walton Ford’s painting in Novaya Zemlya that recalls an expedition to the North Pole 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.
Classic Film Screening: Watch four films for the price of one! In 1934, with the help of legendary museum director Chick Austin, Iris Barry – the first curator of MoMA‘s film department – organized the first film retrospective in an American museum at the Wadsworth Atheneum. In conjunction with Robert Sitton’s lecture on October 8 we present four films from the 1934 retrospective—Foolish Wives, The Blue Angel, Teddy at the Throttle, and The Gold Rush.
1 pm, Foolish Wives: A con artist masquerades as Russian nobility and attempts to seduce the wife of an American diplomat. 1922. USA. 117 min. Not Rated. Silent. B&W. Directed by Erich von Stroheim. Starring Rudolph Christians, Miss DuPont, and Maude George.
3 pm, The Blue Angel: An elderly professor’s ordered life spins dangerously out of control when he falls for a nightclub singer. 1930. Germany. 124 min. Not Rated. B&W. Directed by Josef von Sternberg. Starring Emil Jannings and Marlene Dietrich.
5:15 pm, Teddy at the Throttle: In this madcap comedy, a guardian tries to thwart the marriage of his charge Gloria by encouraging her sweetheart Bobbie to fall for his sister, in order to control Bobby’s fortune. 1917. USA. 18 min. Not Rated. Silent. B&W. Directed by Clarence G. Badger. Starring Gloria Swanson.
5:45 pm, The Gold Rush: “The Tramp” goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and much more. 1925. USA. 95 min. Not Rated. Silent. B&W. Directed by Charlie Chaplin. Starring Charlie Chaplin.
Reception, 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 Emily Lordi, Assistant Professor of English at UMass, Amherst
Purchase tickets online or call 860-838-4100 Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am – 4:30 pm.
Sunday, Oct 19 at 2pm (film only)
Film & Food: Like Water for Chocolate: Our popular film and food pairings continue with a screening of the sensual Mexican classic Like Water for Chocolate followed by a three-course dinner inspired by the film. Ticket includes film screening, one free cocktail, and dinner.
5:30 pm: Film, Like Water for Chocolate
7:30 pm: Dinner in The Museum Café
Like Water for Chocolate: Based on the best-selling novel and set in 1910 Mexico, the film tells the story of woman who is forbidden to marry the man she loves and infuses emotions into the food she cooks. 1992. Mexico. 105 min. Rated R. Subtitles. Directed by Alfonso Arau.
Purchase tickets online or call (860) 838-4100 Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am – 4:30 pm. Dinner reservations required by October 17. Regular film admission applies for film only. Film-only tickets sold at the door.
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.
Thursday, Oct 16 at 2pm (reception, film & discussion)
Film: The Better Angels: Beginning circa 1817, the story spans three years of Abraham Lincoln’s childhood in the harsh wilderness of Indiana. Learn about the hardships that shaped him and the two women who helped shape his character. 2014. USA. 95 min. Rated PG. Directed by A.J. Edwards. Starring Jason Clark and Diane Kruger. Premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
The museum’s famous letter written by Abraham Lincoln in 1862 to newspaper editor Horace Greeley will be on view in Loctite Lobby before the screening.
Sunday, Oct 26 at 2pm
Presented by Data-Mail, Inc. and the Mandell Family
Thursday, Oct 23 at 7pm
Presented by Data-Mail, Inc. and the Mandell Family
Gallery Talk: CSI: Conservation Science Investigation: Allen Kosanovich, Associate Paintings Conservator, gives a behind-the-scenes look into how our conservators analyze and treat works in the collection.
Free with museum admission; meet at the Information Desk by The Museum Shop.
Sneak Peek, Talk & Film: Artemisia: To celebrate our recent acquisition of the Italian Baroque masterwork Self-Portrait as a Lute Player by Artemisia Gentileschi, join Oliver Tostmann, Susan Morse Hilles Curator of European Art, for a talk about the artist and her painting at 2pm, followed by a screening of the 1997 film Artemisia.
Self-Portrait as a Lute Player will not be on public view until Fall 2015 – don’t miss this special opportunity!
Lecture: A Moveable Feast: The Impact of Technology & Travel on Modern Dining Design: Sarah Coffin, Curator and Head, Product Design and Decorative Arts Department, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution. Cocktail reception at 6pm followed by lecture.