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
12
Sun
Free Screening: Modest Reception
Jan 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Global Lens Series
We’ve partnered with the Hartford Public Library to screen 10 films from around the world on Sunday afternoons. All films will be introduced by a guest speaker and followed by a discussion. More information is available here.

Modest Reception: In this comedic drama, a mysterious pair from Tehran travel the mountainous countryside in their Lexus coupe to push big bags of money on the locals. This turns out to be not so easy, but fascinating to watch, as the cagey couple invent increasingly brazen stratagems to place cash in the hands of the wary, proud or indifferent. 2012. Iran. 100 min. Not Rated. Subtitles. Directed by Mani Haghighi.

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
29
Wed
Lecture: Conserving the Psyche Tapestries
Jan 29 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us at 5pm for a gallery talk in the exhibition  Weaving the Myth of Psyche with Linda Roth, Senior Curator and Charles C. and Eleanor Lamont Cunningham Curator of European Decorative Arts. Learn the story behind this rare installation of tapestries!

Stay at 6pm for a lecture, Conserving the Psyche Tapestries. The Psyche tapestry series currently on view in Weaving the Myth of Psyche was conserved in 1991 at the Textile Conservation Laboratory at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City. Marlene Eidelheit, Director of the Textile Laboratory, worked on the series 21 years ago and will describe the cleaning and conservation treatment carried out by the lab as well as the general workmanship involved in creating and conserving centuries-old tapestries. Free and open to the public. A reception with wine for purchase will take place before the lecture from 5 – 6pm.

 

Feb
8
Sat
Second Saturdays: Living Art
Feb 8 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Second Saturdays: Living Art: Have you ever imagined the people in a work of art coming to life?

Create a character inspired by a work you see in our galleries and stay for the Connecticut premiere of animated film The Painting, a quest story that brings to life the characters who “live” in a painting hanging in an artist’s studio.

Listen to children and young adult stories read by authors from the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association throughout the morning.

"The Painting", 2011

“The Painting”, 2011

1 pm: Screening of The Painting. Directed by Jean-Francois Laguionie. 76 minutes. Unrated.

About the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association: The Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association (CAPA) is a non-profit organization that helps authors through education and promotion, while working to raise awareness about our local authors and encourage reading and writing in the community. It is a statewide organization with about 300 members, representing published authors, writers, local publishers and author services. CAPA’s authors represent all genres, including books for children and young adults, as well as a wide variety of adult fiction and non-fiction. They have four chapters which meet in Avon, Shelton, Groton and Mansfield, with a fourth in the process of being formed in the Danbury/Waterbury area.

About Second Saturdays for Families: 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!

Second 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.

Mar
8
Sat
Second Saturdays: Shades of Green
Mar 8 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Second Saturdays: Shades of Green: How many shades of green can there be? We’ll celebrate the color green as we anticipate the spring and Saint Patrick’s Day. Wear something green, listen to traditional Irish music by Celticado, and get ready for the parade next weekend!

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!

 Second 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.

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.

Apr
29
Tue
Docent Memorial Lecture: Alexander Calder
Apr 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Calder_Cover_WEBDocent Memorial Lecture: Alexander Calder: Innovations at the Wadsworth Atheneum: Alexander Calder and the Wadsworth share a long history together. From his formative years to the installation of Stegosaurus in 1973 and later, Calder was honored by the museum through the acquisition of works.

Dr. Joan Marter, Board of Governors Professor of Art History at Rutgers University, will present Calder’s works in the context of his relationship with the Wadsworth and Hartford over the course of his artistic career. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Thanks to A. Everett “Chick” Austin, the museum’s legendary director, Calder designed a kinetic set for a performance of Socrates, a musical composition by Erik Satie. Performed in Hartford in 1936, it was re-created at New York’s Beacon Theater in 1977. Dr. Marter will present Calder’s original sketches for the project, photographs of the later performance, as well as sculptures and other works in the context of his relationship with the museum over the course of his artistic career.

This lecture is sponsored by the Docent Council of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

May
10
Sat
FREE ADMISSION ALL DAY: Second Saturdays: Express Yourself
May 10 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Hartford Youth Art Renaissance, 2014FREE ADMISSION ALL DAY! Enjoy free admission from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday, May 10, in celebration of the Association of Art Museum Directors’ Art Museum Day on May 18.

Second Saturdays: Express Yourself: Celebrate the Hartford Youth Art Renaissance with students from Hartford Public Schools as they share works that inspire them. Find a way to express yourself!

Free Second Saturday programming   10 am – 1 pm
Free docent guided tours   1 pm and 2:30 pm

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!

Please notethe Wadsworth Atheneum is currently undergoing renovation. Though some galleries are unavailable, the Avery building will continue to showcase our acclaimed MATRIX series, contemporary art, 20th century European art, and 18th and 19th century American art, including our beloved collection of Hudson River School paintings. Also, a special installation of European Masterworks from the Permanent Collection is on view in Huntington Gallery through September 21, 2014.

Presented in collaboration with Hartford Public Schools. Second 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.

Jun
14
Sat
JUNETEENTH FAMILY DAY: Fresh Faces of Freedom
Jun 14 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Free admission & family art activities from 10am – 5pm.

JUNETEENTH FAMILY DAY: Fresh Faces of Freedom: Join us to celebrate African American art and culture and to commemorate Juneteenth, an important date in history that marks the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, the enslaved in Galveston, Texas, first learned of their freedom – two and a half years after the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Explore artwork of African American artists in the collection and The Amistad Center‘s traveling display, Fresh Faces of Youth. Create a fresh face of your own using kente cloth patterns, pose for a picture, explore faces in art with a docent, and learn about historical figures in the abolitionist movement with performances by the Ray of Hope project. This free, fun-filled family event includes something for everyone!

A FREE shuttle bus will run between the museum, the Mark Twain House, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, and ImPACT Fest in Bushnell Park.

Facebook event here.

WHERE TO PARK
We’re offering FREE parking all day at Front Street North Garage located at 105 Columbus Blvd – validate your parking stub at one of our activity stations (museum visitors only). On street parking is also free on Saturdays & Sundays. View a map of all downtown parking options.

Presented by The Amistad Center for Art & Culture in partnership with the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Juneteenth Family Day is sponsored by The Hartford.

ABOVE: Robert Tomlin, Bazooka Bubble Gum, 1998. Tempera on board. Collection of Joyce Willis.

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Jul
12
Sat
Second Saturdays: Make Waves
Jul 12 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Helen Frankenthaler, Sea Picture with Black, 1959, oil on canvas

Helen Frankenthaler, Sea Picture with Black, 1959, oil on canvas

Second Saturdays: Make Waves: Be a part of The Wave, a traveling and growing community engagement project developed by artists Susan Hoffman Fishman and Elena Kalman.

Using recyclable film, we’ll create water shapes that connect to pieces from previous project sites.

Free Family Tours:

  • 10:30 – 11amABCs: Art, Books, Connections
  • 11am – noonAsk About Art
  • 11:30am – noonEyes on Art Family Tour

Facebook event here.

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 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.

This event is presented with additional support by Awesome Foundation. Each month this organization helps fund a worthy and awesome project that brings a smile to the Connecticut community. Learn more at make-a-wave.org.

From Our Collection

1881, Church 1843, Cole Boudin 1855, Couture
 

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