Mar
6
Thu
Gallery Talk: Chick Austin as Architect
Mar 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
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The Austin House, Hartford

Gallery Talk: Chick Austin as Architect: The Austin House and the Avery Memorial: Gather around a newly installed model of Chick Austin’s Hartford home with Eugene Gaddis, Curator of the Austin House. In 1930 the legendary Atheneum director Chick Austin, built a house that became a gathering place for leaders of the international art world—Dalí, Calder, Balanchine, Aaron Copland, and Le Corbusier—who flocked to Hartford to experience Austin’s ground-breaking exhibitions and entertainment. In 1934 the Museum’s Avery Memorial, its stunning Bauhaus interior designed by Austin himself, opened with the first comprehensive Picasso retrospective in America, and a new Art Deco theater. Gaddis will guide us through the Austin era and its influence in the art world.

Learn more about the Austin House.

First Thursday: Sing Me A Song
Mar 6 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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
Thomas Dewing, "The Days", 1884-1886

Thomas Dewing, “The Days”, 1884-1886

$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!

Mar
21
Fri
Italian Film Weekend – Mangiare!
Mar 21 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 23 @ 2:00 pm

Italian Film Weekend – Mangiare! Food is an important element of Italian culture, which is reflected in Italian cinema and films with Italian themes. Join us for a weekend of food, wine and cinema to celebrate the country’s best of art and culture!

FRIDAY, MARCH 21
Italian Reception & Film
6 pm
: Italian Food and Wine Reception sponsored by Peppercorn’s Grille
7 pm: Screening of I Am Love

I Am Love: This deep, rich film tells of a wealthy family living at the turn of the millennium in Milan. 2009. Italy. 120 min. Rated R. Subtitles. Directed by Luca Guadagnino. Starring Tilda Swinton. Admission: $9 Adult; $8 Seniors (62+) & Students; $7 Members; Free Insider Access.

"Big Night" 1996. Tony Shalhoub (as Primo), Stanley Tucci (as Secondo).

“Big Night” 1996. Tony Shalhoub (as Primo), Stanley Tucci (as Secondo).

SATURDAY, MARCH 22
Big Night Film & Dinner
5 pm
: Screening of Big Night
6:30 pm: Big Night Dinner – SOLD OUT!

Following the screening enjoy a five course Italian feast centered around the film’s over-the-top Timpano. From Componata and freshly baked Italian breads, to chicken Topolini, this meal will be the perfect ending to your “Big Night” at the museum. Courses include appetizer, salad, pasta, entree and dessert. Also includes one complimentary glass of wine. Cash bar available.

Big Night: One of the great food films of all time! A failing Italian restaurant run by two brothers gambles on one special night to try to save the business. 1996. USA. 107 min. Rated R. Starring Stanley Tucci, Isabella Rossellini.

Admission:
Film only (tickets sold at the door): $9 Adult; $8 Seniors (62+) & Students; $7 Members; Free Insider Access.

SUNDAY, MARCH 23
Tour & Film
12:30 pm: Tour: Views of Italy
2 pm: Screening of Mid-August Lunch

Explore “Views of Italy” in a docent-guided tour of our collection followed by a screening of Mid-August Lunch. In this comedic drama we meet the charming Gianni, a middle-aged man who lives with his mother and finds a clever way to erase his debts. 2008. Italy. 80 min. Not Rated. Subtitles. Directed by Gianni Di Gregorio. Admission: $9 Adult; $8 Seniors (62+) & Students; $7 Members; Free Insider Access.

PARKING
Free on-street parking after 6 pm and all day on weekends. $5 parking after 5 pm seven-days a week at the Front Street South Garage. View more parking options.

The 3rd Annual Italian Film Weekend is supported by Camille and Gregory Servodidio.

Mar
28
Fri
CANCELLED: Gallery Talk: Artists Interpreting History
Mar 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This gallery talk is cancelled: Gallery Talk: Artists Interpreting History: When we look at art depicting or referencing historical events, what are we really seeing and how are we interpreting? How does an artist’s interpretation of history influence our reading? Explore these questions by considering works of art from different time periods across the museum’s collection with Charlene Shang Miller, Docent and Tour Programs Manager.

Apr
11
Fri
Gallery Talk: Restoring European Art
Apr 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Saint Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy, c. 1595–96. Oil on canvas

Gallery Talk: Restoring European Art: Join Chief Conservator Ulrich Birkmaier in our latest installation of European Masterworks from the Permanent Collection and discuss conservation philosophy and practice for European art. Free with museum admission.

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
15
Thu
Gallery Talk: Oskar Schlemmer and the Bauhaus
May 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
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Oskar Schlemmer, Race, 1930

Gallery Talk: Oskar Schlemmer and the Bauhaus: Vanessa Sigalas, Dangremond Research Fellow for European Art and Decorative Arts, discusses Oskar Schlemmer’s 1930 painting Race, as well as Schlemmer’s role in Germany’s Bauhaus Movement and its influence on the American art scene. Free with museum admission.

May
16
Fri
Costume & Textile Society Annual Luncheon
May 16 @ 11:30 am

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Costume & Textile Society Annual Luncheon: Celebrating 30 Years: 1984-2014

11:30am   Discussion with George Malkemus and Anthony Yurgaitis, Manolo Blahnik USA
12:30pm  Hat Luncheon

Join the Costume & Textile Society for its annual luncheon with special guests George Malkemus and Anthony Yurgaitis, co-founders of Manolo Blahnik USA! A conversation with Malkemus, Yurgaitis and their famous footwear will take place in Aetna Theater at 11:30am, and some lucky guests will even get to wear the shoes made legendary by Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City! Following the presentation, a luncheon will be served in Avery Court.

 

 

george_anthony_Page_2About our guests: George Malkemus and Anthony Yurgaitis are the co-founders of Manolo Blahnik USA. They began the business with Mr. Blahnik in 1982 as sole licensees for the Americas. Recently, George and Tony have started a new company with Sarah Jessica Parker called SJP USA. Ms. Parker has designed a shoe, bag and trench collection exclusively for Nordstrom, which was launched this past March. When they are not involved in fashion they are at their farm in Litchfield, Connecticut, overseeing 400 dairy cows, a creamery, a retail shop, and a new restaurant called Arethusa al tavolo. Whatever endeavor they undertake, their mission statement is always to be passionate about what they do, to provide the best quality products and to contribute excellent service to their customers and community.

 

 

 

All proceeds from this event benefit the Wadsworth Atheneum.

May
21
Wed
Skype Discussion & Film: Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Skype Discussion & Film: Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case: Director & CEO Susan Talbott in a Skype conversation with filmmaker Andreas Johnsen followed by a screening of his new documentary Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case.

Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case: Picking up where Alison Klayman’s 2012 documentary, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, left off: world-renowned Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei is under house arrest and restricted by Chinese authorities in everything he does. But he does it anyway. 2013. Denmark. 89 min. Not Rated. English and Mandarin with subtitles. Directed by Andreas Johnsen.

The Fake Case was recently awarded the 2014 Bodil Award for Best Documentary. The Bodil Awards are given annually by the Danish Critics’ Association, Denmark’s highest film honors.

$9 Adult; $8 Seniors (62+) & Students; $7 Members; Free for Insider Access & above.

View the official trailer for Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case:

ADDITIONAL SCREENINGS (film only):
Thursday, May 22 at 7 pm
Friday, May 23 at 7 pm
Saturday, May 24 at 2 pm

May
30
Fri
Gallery Talk: American Memorial
May 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
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Paul Revere II, Tankard, silver

Gallery Talk: American Memorial: Explore how American Decorative Arts captured the life and legacy of American military heroes with Alyce Perry Englund, Richard Koopman Associate Curator for American Decorative Arts.

As a Blue Star Museum, all active duty U.S. military personnel and their families receive free admission Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Jun
20
Fri
Gallery Talk: Curatorial Eye
Jun 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Saint Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy, c. 1595–96 Oil on canvas

Gallery Talk: Curatorial Eye: Join Oliver Tostmann, Susan Morse Hilles Curator of European Paintings and Sculpture, for a new look at European Masterworks from the Permanent Collection. Free with museum admission.

View upcoming Gallery Talks.

 

Jul
10
Thu
Gallery Talk: Frames of Gold
Jul 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

frame_webGallery Talk: Frames of Gold: Zenon Gansziniec, Associate Frame Conservator, discusses the conservation treatment and gilding of frames in the collection. View equipment and materials used in the gilding process including brushes, tips, and gold leaf in various karats from around the world. Free with admission.

Jul
12
Sat
Film: Bill Cunningham New York
Jul 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Film: Bill Cunningham New York: A funny and poignant portrait of a dedicated photographer and cultural anthropologist who has been chronicling fashion trends and high-society for decades. 2010. USA. 84 min. Not Rated. Directed by Richard Press.

Stay for a post-film discussion with author and Connecticut Humanities discussion facilitator David Garnes.

Watch the Bill Cunningham New York trailer:

CT At Work: A Connecticut Humanities Initiative: Since the fall of 2013 the Connecticut Humanities Council has led a statewide initiative to engage residents in an in-depth exploration of CT at Work.

Saturday, July 19, 2pm | Connecticut Towns: Iron and Ivory in Connecticut

Additional support provided by Data-Mail, Inc. and the Mandell Family.

Jul
16
Wed
Corporate Member Shopping Days
Jul 16 – Jul 20 all-day

Corporate Member Shopping Days: From Wed. July 16 – Sun. July 20 employees of our Corporate members receive 10% off in The Museum Shop.

Get a FREE exhibition catalogue when you spend $40!

Learn more about Corporate Membership benefits.

From Our Collection

Pindell, 1980 1877, Cailletbotte 1797, Robert Louis, 1959
 

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