December 2013 – May 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
11
Sat
Second Saturdays: Picturing Freedom
Jan 11 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Second Saturdays: Picturing Freedom: What does freedom look like? Explore images from The Amistad Center for Art & Culture’s exhibition Emancipation! and find symbols of freedom. Design your own picture of freedom and pose with the American flag, then join in a jazz-inspired dance performance by EQuilibrium Dance Theatre! Free admission 10 am – 1 pm.

Explore art with your family, encourage creativity, and expand your imagination through conversation and discovery. Each program includes hands-on art projects, tours for families, live music, and engaging fun through film, theater and dance. Join us every month year-round!

This program is held in collaboration with The Amistad Center for Art & CultureSecond Saturdays for Families are funded by Aetna. Additional support provided by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the J. Walton Bissell Foundation, Inc., the Ensworth Charitable Foundation (Bank of America, Trustee), the George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation (Bank of America and Alan S. Parker, Co-Trustees). Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.

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.

Jan
26
Sun
Jazz Brunch: Shenel Johns Trio
Jan 26 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Jazz Brunch: Shenel Johns 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 Shenel Johns Trio! Seatings at 11 am and 12:30 pm. Afterwards, explore the galleries on your own or take a tour with a docent.

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

SOLD OUT: Sunday Serenades: Picasso and Prokofiev
Jan 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

SOLD OUT Sunday Serenades: Picasso and Prokofiev: Picasso and Prokofiev takes its inspiration from four paintings in our collection by Picasso, representing the artist’s evolving artistic styles. This concert is presented in collaboration with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and features Concertmaster Leonid Sigal. Tickets required. $30,$25 Members and HSO Subscribers; purchase tickets online or call (860) 244-2999.

Pre-Concert Talk: At 1 pm Curator of European Art Oliver Tostmann will give an introduction to Picasso’s work in Aetna Theater. Free with admission.

Concert Program:
Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942): Concertino for Flute, Viola and Double Bass (1917)
Manuel de Falla (1876-1946): Concerto for Harpsichord, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Violin and Cello, G71 (1926)
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971): Pour Pablo Picasso for Clarinet (1917)
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953): Quintet for Oboe, Clarinet, Violin, Viola and Double Bass in G minor, Op. 39 (1924)

The Sunday Serenades Chamber Music Series is made possible, in part, by the Helen M. Saunders Charitable Foundation Music Endowment at the Wadsworth Atheneum. 

Feb
6
Thu
First Thursday: Allison Schulnik / MATRIX 168
Feb 6 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

First Thursday: Allison Schulnik / MATRIX 168: Celebrate the opening of our latest MATRIX exhibition – Allison Schulnik / MATRIX 168!

Join us the first Thursday of every month for extended exhibition hours, live music, cocktails, food, art activities, a film and more!

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.

Feb
16
Sun
Jazz Brunch: Sylvia Mims Trio
Feb 16 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Jazz Brunch: Sylvia Mims 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 Sylvia Mims Trio! Seatings at 11 am and 12:30 pm. Afterwards, take a tour with a docent or explore the galleries on your own.

$35, $25 Members. Purchase tickets online or call (860) 838-4076. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch & complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa.

Apr
20
Sun
Easter Jazz Brunch: Joe Carter Samba Rio Trio
Apr 20 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Easter Jazz Brunch: Joe Carter Samba Rio Trio: Join us for a brunch buffet while listening to some of Hartford’s best live jazz music during our Easter Jazz Brunch with the Joe Carter Samba Rio Trio! Seatings at 11 am and 12:30 pm. $35, $25 members.

Free Tours:
1 pm: Highlights
2:30 pm: Land and Sea

Purchase tickets online or call (860) 838-4076, Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am – 4:30 pm. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch & complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa.

 

 

May
4
Sun
Sunday Serenades: Whistler & Ives
May 4 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

1925.393_WEBSunday Serenades Chamber Music Concert: Whistler & Ives: This concert is presented in collaboration with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and features Concertmaster Leonid Sigal.

Concert Program:
Horatio Parker (1863-1919): Suite, Op. 35
Ingolf Dahl (1912-1970): Concerto a Tre
Charles Ives (1874-1954): Violin Sonata No. 2
Peter Schickele (1935-): Quartet

Purchase tickets online or call 860-244-2999.

The Sunday Serenades Chamber Music Series is made possible, in part, by the Helen M. Saunders Charitable Foundation Music Endowment at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

ABOVE: James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Coast of Brittany (Alone with the Tide), 1861, Oil on canvas, In Memory of William Arnold Healy, Given by his daughter, Susie Healy Camp, 1925.393

From Our Collection

Fraser, 1991 Colescott, 1992 1757, Greuze 1807, Trumbull
 

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