February – August 2014
- Music by Goodnight Blue Moon
- 6 pm: Listen to artist Allison Schulnik discuss her work.
- Get your fortune told by a palm or tarot card reader in the Café.
- Participate in a Stop-Motion Film Workshop led by students from the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry in the Hartford Courant Room.
- 7 pm: Sneak peak of Full Force Dance Theatre’s upcoming performance
- 8 pm: Watch short animated & claymation films including Wallace & Gromit.
Join us the first Thursday of every month for extended exhibition hours, live music, cocktails, food, art activities, a film and more!
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.
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.
First Thursday: Sing Me A Song:
- DJ Jon Eastman in Avery Court
- A Cappella music by Business as Usual in Avery Court
- Join a docent at 6 pm for a Collection Focus Talk on Thomas Dewing’s The Days, 1884-1886 – meet at Information Desk
- Watch break dancers from Young! Studios at 6:30 and 7:30 pm in Avery Court
- Create your own music video in the Hartford Courant Room
- Take a break at the coffee and dessert bar in The Museum Café
- 8 pm screening of Philomena
$5; Free for Members.
Join us the first Thursday of every month for extended exhibition hours, music, cocktails, food, art activities, a film and more!
Film: Philomena: In this dramatic comedy based on true events, a woman enlists the aide of a political journalist to help her find the son she was forced to give up for adoption while living in a convent. Multiple award winner. 2013. UK. 98 min. Rated PG-13. Directed by Stephen Frears. Starring Judi Dench, Steve Coogan.
Free with admission to First Thursday: Sing Me A Song.
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!
Film: Elsa & Fred: An all-time favorite of our film regulars. A retired 77 year old hypochondriac widower named Fred moves to an apartment in Madrid and meets his next door neighbor, the Argentinean Elsa. She enchants Fred with her reckless behavior and zest for life. 2005. Argentina/Spain. 108 min. Rated PG. Subtitles. Directed by Marcos Carnevale.
Free with admission to First Thursday: TANGO.
Presented By Data-Mail, Inc. and The Mandell Family
Docent 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.
Film: Lagaan: The people of a small village in Victorian India stake their future on a game of cricket against their ruthless British rulers in this musical drama. 2001. India. 224 min. Rated PG. Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker. This film has won 44 awards and garnered 19 nominations, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.
Free with admission to First Thursday: Indian Tandoori.
FREE 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 note: the 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.
Film: American Hustle: A con man — along with his seductive partner/lover — is forced to work for a wild FBI agent who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and the Mafia. 10 Academy Award nominations! 2013. USA. 138 min. Rated R. Directed by David O. Russell. Starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Bradley Cooper.
Free with admission to First Thursday Block Party: Thursday Night Fever!
Presented By Data-Mail, Inc. and The Mandell Family.
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!
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.
CANCELED: First Thursday: July’s First Thursday After Hours is canceled in observance of Independence Day.
Join us August 7 for First Thursday Caribbean Block Party!
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 – 11am – ABCs: Art, Books, Connections
- 11am – noon – Ask About Art
- 11:30am – noon – Eyes 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!
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.
First Thursday Block Party: Caribbean Festival: Don’t miss our final block party of the summer!
- De 4 AhWee Steel Band from 5 – 6 pm
- Amandla Reggae Band from 6 – 9 pm
- Stilt walkers – Mike Mohammed & Son
- Performances by the Caribbean American Dance Company at 5:30 and 6:30 pm
- Body art by Amazing Face Art
- Costume parade at 7 pm by the Connecticut International Culture Carnival Association
- Hands on art activity outside from 5 – 8 pm: make your own costume pieces
- Complimentary food and cash bar
- Film at 8 pm, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Facebook event here.
Wear the color YELLOW for free admission!
First Thursday After Hours
Join us the first Thursday of every month for extended exhibition hours, music, cocktails, food, art activities, a film & more! View photos from our previous First Thursday Block Party, which took place June 5, 2014.