Jan
16
Thu
An Evening with Author Deborah Solomon
Jan 16 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Deborah Solomon. Photo by Christian Oth.

Deborah Solomon. Photo by Christian Oth.

An Evening with Author Deborah Solomon

5 pm Reception with wine for purchase, Loctite Lobby

6 pm Deborah Solomon in conversation with Robin Jaffee Frank, Krieble Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, and Erin Monroe, Assistant Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture

A book signing with the author follows the talk. American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop and during the event. This event is free and open to the public.

As the star illustrator of The Saturday Evening Post for nearly half a century, Norman Rockwell is celebrated for his wholesome depictions of family and community, but the man behind these images was a surprisingly complex figure. In her latest biography, renowned art critic Deborah Solomon draws on a wealth of unpublished letters and documents to explore the relationship between Rockwell’s despairing personality and his genius for reflecting America’s brightest hopes.

"American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell"

“American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell”

In American Mirror Solomon perceptively explores Rockwell and his art alongside the development of visual journalism as it evolved from illustration in the 1920s to photography in the 1930s to television in the 1950s. In this engaging biography, she offers vivid cameos of the many famous Americans whom Rockwell counted as friends, including President Dwight Eisenhower, the folk artist Grandma Moses, the rock musician Al Kooper, and the generation of now-forgotten painters who ushered in the Golden Age of illustration. American Mirror brilliantly explains why Rockwell deserves to be remembered as an American master.

“[A] well-paced, insightful biography of the iconic illustrator . . . Solomon reveals an enormously complicated man whose wholesome vision of America was not merely commercial kitsch, but art that sprung from an emotional life fraught with anxiety, depression, and self-doubt . . . [Solomon’s] substantive narrative captures the abundant complexities of this unusual artist, and reclaims him as a master storyteller.” —Publishers Weekly

“Deborah Solomon has created a biography as vivid and touching as a Rockwell interior. This is the definitive biography of an American master who came in through the back door.” —Steve Martin, author of An Object of Beauty: A Novel

About Deborah Solomon: Deborah Solomon is the author of two previous biographies of American artists: Jackson Pollock: A Biography and Utopia Parkway: The Life and Work of Joseph Cornell. She has written about art and culture for many publications, and her weekly interview column, “Questions For,” appeared in The New York Times Magazine from 2003 to 2011. Her art reviews currently appear on WNYC Radio, and she lives in New York City with her family.

 

Apr
25
Fri
Fine Art & Flowers
Apr 25 – Apr 27 all-day

Fine Art & Flowers: Welcome spring at our annual fundraiser Fine Art & Flowers! View floral arrangements inspired by works of art in our collection and unique garden designs in the museum’s historic interiors, created by community florists, garden clubs and designers. Throughout the weekend enjoy special events, tours, a marketplace with local vendors and more.

View the complete Fine Art & Flowers schedule.

$3 is added to all admissions unless otherwise noted during Fine Art & Flowers.

The 33rd Annual Fine Art & Flowers is presented by the Women’s Committee of the Wadsworth Atheneum. 


Little Black Dress
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Ticket sales are closed. No sales at the door.

Bill Graham, Little Black Dress

Bill Graham, Little Black Dress

Little Black Dress: Ladies (and gentlemen), enjoy a spirited floral presentation in the theater by Bill Graham – longtime owner of the gift and floral shop, Beautiful Things, in Salem, MA – as he demonstrates how to accessorize your little black dress by creating wearable floral arrangements fit for any occasion – the perfect spring accessory! Afterwards join him in Avery Court for lunch prepared fresh by The Museum Cafe.

$75

 


LUNCH MENU

Includes soft drinks, white wine, coffee & tea

Salad
Spring salad with baby greens, goat cheese, berries and a lemon vinaigrette, served with artisan rolls

Entrée
Stuffed Capon served with a spring vegetable medley

Dessert
An Assortment of cookies, bars, petite fours and other miniature sweets garnished with edible flowers

View the complete Fine Art & Flowers schedule.

The 33rd Annual Fine Art & Flowers is presented by the Women’s Committee of the Wadsworth Atheneum. All event proceeds fund the museum’s exhibitions, and educational and community programs.

 

Apr
26
Sat
Farm-to-Table Dinner
Apr 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Ticket sales are closed. No sales at the door.

silver-spoons_farm-to-table-dinner_thumbFarm-to-Table Dinner: Salute the spring with Fine Art & Flowers Honorary Chair Ray Hardman! Sample the latest crop of locally made beer and wine during cocktail hour - Onyx Spirits Company will unveil a new specialty cocktail -  followed by a four-course farm-to-table dinner prepared with garden fresh ingredients from area farms, businesses, distilleries, and vineyards including Rosedale Farms & VineyardsWinding Drive Jams, City Steam Brewery Cafe, Hartford Baking Co., NoRA Cupcake Company and more. Throughout the evening enjoy music by The Hartt School’s Elizabeth Grace Band, and Connecticut Lyric Opera will perform selections from their upcoming performance of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. From cocktails to dinner, be inspired by resplendent works of art paired with imaginative floral interpretations. $95


6 pm: Cocktail Hour –
Morgan Great Hall
Sample Italian inspired hors d’oeuvres and sip on a fresh selection of local beers and wine, and a specialty Onyx Moonshine cocktail.

7 pm: Farm-to-Table Dinner - Avery Court

1st Course (Antipasto)
A balsamic dressed tri-colore antipasto salad with endive, radicchio, and arugula served with olives, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, roasted eggplant, Italian cheese and a selection of artisan breads

2nd Course (Il Primo)
Potato Gnocchi served with a mushroom ragu and topped with a pancetta crisp

3rd Course (Il Secondo)
Braised beef Tuscan style over a polenta cake served with sautéed spinach and white beans

4th Course (Dolce)
Cannoli Cupcake, NoRA Cupcake Company

ABOVE: Spoon, apostle, silver, The Elizabeth B. Miles Collection of English Silver

The 33rd Annual Fine Art & Flowers is presented by the Women’s Committee of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

From Our Collection

Donovan, 2004 brown, 2004 Wojnarowicz, 1990 Plimack Mangold, 1977
 

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