December 2013 – December 2014

Dec
20
Fri
Dance: The Nutcracker Suite and Spicy
Dec 20 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Nutcracker Suite and Spicy by CONNetic Dance: The most fun and creative version of the holiday classic is back! CONNetic Dance’s unique production features incredible dancing and a quirky sense of humor, taking the classic story in a direction that shakes it up and serves it with a twist. Purchase tickets.

Dec
21
Sat
Dance: The Nutcracker Suite and Spicy
Dec 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Nutcracker Suite and Spicy by CONNetic Dance: The most fun and creative version of the holiday classic is back! CONNetic Dance’s unique production features incredible dancing and a quirky sense of humor, taking the classic story in a direction that shakes it up and serves it with a twist. Purchase tickets.

Dec
22
Sun
Dance: The Nutcracker Suite and Spicy
Dec 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Nutcracker Suite and Spicy by CONNetic Dance: The most fun and creative version of the holiday classic is back! CONNetic Dance’s unique production features incredible dancing and a quirky sense of humor, taking the classic story in a direction that shakes it up and serves it with a twist. Purchase tickets.

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 In her latest biography, renowned art critic Deborah Solomon draws on a wealth of unpublished letters and documents to explore the relationship between Rockwell’s despairing personality and his genius for reflecting America’s brightest hopes.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.

 

Jan
20
Mon
MLK Community Day
Jan 20 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

MLK Day 2014 at the Wadsworth copyMartin Luther King, Jr. Community Day: Time Capsule: What was the world like in 1964, when the Civil Rights Act was passed? What has changed (and what hasn’t) in the 50 years since then? Join us for a free family-friendly celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement. Explore art and history through interactive gallery tours, live music from the 1960s, hands-on art-making activities, a collaborative time capsule project and much more! 11 am & 2 pm: Don’t miss the final performance of Freedom: In 3 Acts, an original production by Bated Breath Theatre Company.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Art-Making Activities: ALL DAY!
10 am – 5 pm

Pop Art Candy Paintings
Use acrylic paints to create colorful, candy-inspired pop art paintings!

Mini Vinyl Hit Singles
Design a mini vinyl album cover while listening to 60s hits played by DJs from The Deft Collective.

Community Time Capsule
Contribute to a Time Capsule that will be stored in our archives. What do you want people to remember 50 years from now?

This Little Light of Mine
Create a “Little Light” votive candle holder in preparation for the Procession at 12:30 and 3:30 pm!

Still Life Drawing
Explore still life paintings from our collection and create a still life of your own with teaching artist Jennifer Lazaroff. 

Performances:

11 am & 2 pm: Freedom in 3 Acts by Bated Breath Theatre Company
Experience an original theater piece created by Bated Breath Theatre Company in partnership with The Amistad Center for Art & Culture. Enjoy free popcorn and hot chocolate!

12:30 & 3:30 pm: This Little Light of Mine Gospel Music Procession
Join Victoria Ackerman, cantor and music teacher, in a gospel sing-along and procession around the museum galleries. Don’t forget your “Little Light”!

Docent-guided Tours:

10:30 & 11:30 am: Eyes on Art Family Tour
Experience art that captures people and moments in time in this docent-led tour for all ages.

1 & 2:30 pm: Time Capsule Tour
Explore how people, events and history are interpreted in art in this docent-led tour of the collection and the exhibition Emancipation! 

Parking
Enjoy free on street parking all day! Additional parking is available on weekdays for $3 at Trumbull-on-the-Park Garage.

Presented in partnership with The Amistad Center for Art & Culture. Community Days are part of the Wadsworth’s Community Engagement Initiative, generously supported by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide. The Amistad Center’s educational programs and materials are supported by Connecticut Light & Power and Yankee Gas.

Feb
8
Sat
Dance: Life, Death, and Immortality
Feb 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Thomas Cole (1801-1848), Life, Death, and Immortality, 1844. Oil on wood panel. 5 7/8 x 12 in. The Dorothy Clark Archibald and Thomas L. Archibald Fund, 2008.8.1

Thomas Cole (1801-1848), Life, Death, and Immortality, 1844. Thomas L. Archibald Fund, 2008.8.1

Dance: Life, Death, and Immortality: Full Force Dance Theatre presents Life, Death, and Immortality, a multimedia collaboration with local artists inspired by the Thomas Cole painting, Life, Death, and Immortality, on view now in Avery Court.

This new work fuses together film, dance, original set and costume designs, and an original compositional score. Artists working with Full Force Dance Theatre on this project include choreographer, filmmaker and artistic director, Katie Stevinson-Nollet; composer/double bass player, Robert Black; costume designer, Mary Sheldon; and visual artist Anne Cubberly. Also included in the evening performance are two more of Stevinson-Nollet’s works, Common Ground with music by David McBride and Ritual of Rivals with a new score by Lief Ellis.

$25; $20 Members; $15 Students; 2 for $30 Let’s GO Arts! Members.
Purchase tickets online or call (860) 838-4100 Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am – 4:30 pm.

Doors open at 6:30 pm. Use the entrance on Atheneum Square North (opposite the Travelers Tower).
On street parking is FREE on weekends. Additional parking is available for $5 at the Front Street South garage.

ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE:
February 9 at 2 pm

Watch a promo of Life, Death, and Immortality:

This event is funded in part by the generous support of The Greater Hartford Arts Council and the Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation.

Feb
9
Sun
Dance: Life, Death, and Immortality
Feb 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Thomas Cole (1801-1848), Life, Death, and Immortality, 1844. Oil on wood panel. 5 7/8 x 12 in. The Dorothy Clark Archibald and Thomas L. Archibald Fund, 2008.8.1

Thomas Cole (1801-1848), Life, Death, and Immortality, 1844. Thomas L. Archibald Fund, 2008.8.1

Dance: Life, Death, and Immortality: Full Force Dance Theatre presents Life, Death, and Immortality, a multimedia collaboration with local artists inspired by the Thomas Cole painting, Life, Death, and Immortality, on view now in Avery Court.

This new work fuses together film, dance, original set and costume designs, and an original compositional score. Artists working with Full Force Dance Theatre on this project include choreographer, filmmaker and artistic director, Katie Stevinson-Nollet; composer/double bass player, Robert Black; costume designer, Mary Sheldon; and visual artist Anne Cubberly. Also included in the evening performance are two more of Stevinson-Nollet’s works, Common Ground with music by David McBride and Ritual of Rivals with a new score by Lief Ellis.

$25; $20 Members; $15 Students; 2 for $30 Let’s GO Arts! Members.
Purchase tickets online or call (860) 838-4100 Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am – 4:30 pm.

Doors open at 1 pm. Use the entrance on Atheneum Square North (opposite the Travelers Tower).
On street parking is FREE on weekends. Additional parking is available for $5 at the Front Street South garage.

Watch a promo of Life, Death, and Immortality:

This event is funded in part by the generous support of The Greater Hartford Arts Council and the Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation.

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
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.

Dec
12
Fri
Dance: The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy
Dec 12 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy_clarice_webDance: The Nutcracker Suite & SpicyHartford-based professional contemporary ballet company CONNetic Dance is best known for its annual production of The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy, an original and entertaining take on the beloved holiday classic. 2014 marks the 5th annual performance of the production, which has fast become a Hartford holiday tradition and draws dance-loving audiences from NYC and Boston.

The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy features the CONNetic Dance’s signature style of choreography by Director Carolyn Paine. Using a fusion of athletic dance forms including tap, jazz, and hip hop, the production is seasoned with a signature sense of humor. The curtain opens on an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, featuring a break dancing doll brought by suave Drosselmeyer, and an athletic and dizzying snow ball scene with acrobatic dancing using pearly white exercise balls.

In Act II, the audience meets sexy hip hop Sugar Rum and CONNetic Dance’s signature Florettes in a high kicking, Rockettes-inspired Waltz of the Flowers, followed by a battle between Club Rat and the Nutcracker in the Club of Sweet Temptations. It is all set to a fun compilation of diverse music inspired by Tchaikovsky’s classic score.

The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy has a great sense of humor, creative choreography, and is accessible and enjoyable for all. It is a show as truly diverse as the city from which it hails, with talented professional dancers from varied backgrounds performing choreography from all forms of dance. Hartford.com said of last year’s performance, “If you’re not into the classic version of The Nutcracker, this version will tickle your Sugar Plums.”

The production’s backdrop features a magical winter Hartford skyline painting by Connecticut artist Nina Salazar, also the museum’s Teaching Artist.

Tickets go on sale November 1. Group rates available. For tickets and more information call 860-251-9194.

ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES
Saturday, December 13 at 8pm
Sunday, December 14 at 2pm

Dec
13
Sat
Dance: The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy
Dec 13 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy_clarice_webDance: The Nutcracker Suite & SpicyHartford-based professional contemporary ballet company CONNetic Dance is best known for its annual production of The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy, an original and entertaining take on the beloved holiday classic. 2014 marks the 5th annual performance of the production, which has fast become a Hartford holiday tradition and draws dance-loving audiences from NYC and Boston.

The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy features the CONNetic Dance’s signature style of choreography by Director Carolyn Paine. Using a fusion of athletic dance forms including tap, jazz, and hip hop, the production is seasoned with a signature sense of humor. The curtain opens on an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, featuring a break dancing doll brought by suave Drosselmeyer, and an athletic and dizzying snow ball scene with acrobatic dancing using pearly white exercise balls.

In Act II, the audience meets sexy hip hop Sugar Rum and CONNetic Dance’s signature Florettes in a high kicking, Rockettes-inspired Waltz of the Flowers, followed by a battle between Club Rat and the Nutcracker in the Club of Sweet Temptations. It is all set to a fun compilation of diverse music inspired by Tchaikovsky’s classic score.

The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy has a great sense of humor, creative choreography, and is accessible and enjoyable for all. It is a show as truly diverse as the city from which it hails, with talented professional dancers from varied backgrounds performing choreography from all forms of dance. Hartford.com said of last year’s performance, “If you’re not into the classic version of The Nutcracker, this version will tickle your Sugar Plums.”

The production’s backdrop features a magical winter Hartford skyline painting by Connecticut artist Nina Salazar, also the museum’s Teaching Artist.

Tickets go on sale November 1. For tickets and more information call 860-251-9194.

ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES
Friday, December 12 at 8pm
Sunday, December 14 at 2pm

Dec
14
Sun
Dance: The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy
Dec 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy_clarice_webDance: The Nutcracker Suite & SpicyHartford-based professional contemporary ballet company CONNetic Dance is best known for its annual production of The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy, an original and entertaining take on the beloved holiday classic. 2014 marks the 5th annual performance of the production, which has fast become a Hartford holiday tradition and draws dance-loving audiences from NYC and Boston.

The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy features the CONNetic Dance’s signature style of choreography by Director Carolyn Paine. Using a fusion of athletic dance forms including tap, jazz, and hip hop, the production is seasoned with a signature sense of humor. The curtain opens on an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, featuring a break dancing doll brought by suave Drosselmeyer, and an athletic and dizzying snow ball scene with acrobatic dancing using pearly white exercise balls.

In Act II, the audience meets sexy hip hop Sugar Rum and CONNetic Dance’s signature Florettes in a high kicking, Rockettes-inspired Waltz of the Flowers, followed by a battle between Club Rat and the Nutcracker in the Club of Sweet Temptations. It is all set to a fun compilation of diverse music inspired by Tchaikovsky’s classic score.

The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy has a great sense of humor, creative choreography, and is accessible and enjoyable for all. It is a show as truly diverse as the city from which it hails, with talented professional dancers from varied backgrounds performing choreography from all forms of dance. Hartford.com said of last year’s performance, “If you’re not into the classic version of The Nutcracker, this version will tickle your Sugar Plums.”

The production’s backdrop features a magical winter Hartford skyline painting by Connecticut artist Nina Salazar, also the museum’s Teaching Artist.

Tickets go on sale November 1. For tickets and more information call 860-251-9194.

ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES
Friday, December 12 at 8pm
Saturday, December 13 at 8pm

Dec
20
Sat
Dance: The Nutcracker Suite
Dec 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Dance: The Nutcracker Suite: The Hartford City Ballet performs its popular annual holiday classic. For information and tickets visit hartfordcityballet.org or call 860-233-8552.

ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE
Saturday, December 20 at 4pm

Dance: The Nutcracker Suite
Dec 20 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Dance: The Nutcracker Suite: The Hartford City Ballet performs its popular annual holiday classic. For information and tickets visit hartfordcityballet.org or call 860-233-8552.

ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE
Saturday, December 20 at 2pm

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