April – September 2014

Apr
12
Sat
41st Hartford Youth Art Renaissance
Apr 12 – May 18 all-day

HYAR_postcard_2014_front41st Hartford Youth Art Renaissance: Celebrate the 41st anniversary of the museum’s partnership with the Hartford Public School District to produce the Hartford Youth Art Renaissance, an exhibition of student artwork from kindergarten – grade 12 created by Hartford Public School students. View a selection of over 100 works of art on display at the Hartford Public Library downtown branch, and explore the grand prizewinners on view at the museum.

We encourage you to talk with your families about what you see and feel. Use your mobile device to access the audio guide and listen to student artists reflect on their masterpieces. We hope that you leave feeling inspired by the creativity and ingenuity of the youth of our community.

RELATED PROGRAMMING:
Saturday, May 10 | 10am – 1pm | Second Saturdays: Express Yourself

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

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.

May
11
Sun
Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch: Mel Nelson Trio with Nikki Armstrong
May 11 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch: Mel Nelson Trio with vocals by Nikki Armstrong: Join us for a brunch buffet while listening to some of Hartford’s best live jazz music during our Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch with the Mel Nelson Trio with vocals by Nikki Armstrong! 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, Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am – 4:30 pm. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch & complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa.

May
16
Fri
Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus: Men On Broadway
May 16 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

men on broadwayHartford Gay Men’s Chorus: Men On Broadway: In its second season, the Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus sings in the spring with Men On Broadway, a joyful review of Broadway melodies, including selections from more than 20 shows, such as Guys and Dolls, Avenue Q, Godspell, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Both the full Chorus of 28 singing members and their a cappella group, On That Note!, will perform.

“With our graduation to a new venue with a stage, lights and costumes, this is going to be a thrilling evening for all ages!”  — Artistic Director JD Bauer

Tickets: $25; purchase tickets online or call the Hartford Stage Box Office at 860-527-5151.

ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE
Saturday, May 17 at 8 pm

 

May
17
Sat
Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus: Men On Broadway
May 17 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

men on broadwayHartford Gay Men’s Chorus: Men On Broadway: In its second season, the Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus sings in the spring with Men On Broadway, a joyful review of Broadway melodies, including selections from more than 20 shows, such as Guys and Dolls, Avenue Q, Godspell, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Both the full Chorus of 28 singing members and their a cappella group, On That Note!, will perform.

“With our graduation to a new venue with a stage, lights and costumes, this is going to be a thrilling evening for all ages!”  — Artistic Director JD Bauer

Tickets: $25; purchase tickets online or call the Hartford Stage Box Office at 860-527-5151.

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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Jun
15
Sun
Father’s Day Jazz Brunch: June Bisantz with Alex Nakhimovsky & Norman Johnson
Jun 15 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Father’s Day Jazz Brunch: June Bisantz with Alex Nakhimovsky & Norman Johnson: Join us for a brunch buffet while listening to some of Hartford’s best live jazz music during our Father’s Day Jazz Brunch with June Bisantz with Alex Nakhimovsky and Norman Johnson! 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, Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am – 4:30 pm. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch & complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa

Jun
25
Wed
Concert: Approaching the Garden
Jun 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
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William Hooker

Concert: Approaching the GardenApproaching the Garden is a multimedia musical work by American jazz drummer and composer William Hooker that fuses percussion, spoken word, electronics, alto sax, piano, and 3D animation.

This performance features guitarist Ed Kasparek and alto sax player Richard McGhee III. Stay for a Q&A session with the musicians after the show.

Doors open 6:30pm; music starts 7:30pm.

Purchase tickets online or call 860-838-4100, Wed. through Sun., 10am – 4:30pm. Online sales end June 24. Tickets also available at the door.

MUSICIAN BIOS

William Hooker: A native of New Britain, CT, William Hooker is one of the most innovative composers and drummers of his generation. His disciplined, visionary, and energetic approach to his work distinguishes him as an important contemporary musician.

Ed Kasparek: Ed Kasparek is a multi-instrumentalist and experimental composer with an interest in exploring the inner self and mystical aspects of creativity through music, sound, and integrated digital media. His work is diverse and includes the utilization of unconventional systemic graphic notation, interactive video scores, the use of performance art and installation within musical contexts, and most recently 3D animation, “with music and as music, which establishes a new dimension in creative experience and the realization of a new hybrid art music for the 21st century.”

Richard McGhee III: With over 30 years experience, Richard McGhee III has worked with many world class musicians including Anthony Braxton, Jay Hoggard, and Sabir Mateen. He has performed in the Pork Pie Hat concert series, the Hartford Jazz Society’s Monday Night Jazz series, and the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz. In 2010 the U.S. Department of State sponsored Richard to travel as a musical ambassador to Capetown, South Africa.

IN THE NEWS
CTNow, June 16, Sounds in Bloom: Drummer William Hooker At The Atheneum by Mike Hamad

Approaching the Garden premiered at the 2013 Vancouver Jazz Festival.

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.

Jul
19
Sat
Big Bash Colt Festival: Family Tour
Jul 19 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Big Bash Colt Festival: Family Tour: Explore objects in the collection that demonstrate Samuel Colt’s extraordinary legacy in this docent-led tour for all ages. Meet at the Information Desk by the Museum Shop; free with admission.

At 2:30pm join us for a curator-led gallery talk about Colt objects on view.

Preview your visit with our new slideshow of Colt Collection objects here.

The Big Bash Colt Festival is a citywide celebration of Samuel Colt’s 200th birthday, showcasing Hartford’s rich collection of historic Colt assets and materials.

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Aug
7
Thu
First Thursday Block Party: Caribbean Festival
Aug 7 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

First Thursday Caribbean block partyFirst 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
  • Dominoes
  • 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.

This event is presented with The Taste of the Caribbean and Jerk Festival.  First Thursdays After Hours are supported by funding from the Connecticut Office of Tourism.

Aug
9
Sat
Second Saturdays: Land & Sky
Aug 9 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Ruben Ochoa, Darkening Sky, 2014, acrylic house paint and dirt on canvas, courtesy of the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects

Ruben Ochoa, Darkening Sky, 2014, acrylic house paint and dirt on canvas, courtesy of the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects

Second Saturdays: Land & Sky: Inspired by Ruben Ochoa / MATRIX 169: Cloudless Day, make your own earth and skyscapes while listening to Latin and classical guitar by Lorena Garay. View photographs by students participating in the Greater Hartford Arts Council‘s Neighborhood Studios program hosted by The Amistad Center for Art & Culture.

SCHEDULE OF FREE ACTIVITIES

10am – 1pm: Earth and Sky
Create an earth and skyscape using mixed media. Avery Court

10:30 – 11am: ABCs: Art, Books, Connections Tour
Make connections between art and stories during this docent-led tour for young children and accompanying adults. Meet at Information Desk

11am – 12pm: Ask About Art
Talk to a docent about Ruben Ochoa’s art. MATRIX Gallery

11:30am – 12pm: Eyes on Art Family Tour
Explore land and sky in art during this docent-led tour for all ages. Meet at Information Desk 

12 – 1pm: SNAP! Photography Exhibition
Stop in and talk to student participants about their photography and the Neighborhood Studios Program. Hartford Courant Room

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 are 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.

Sep
4
Thu
First Thursday: Sing the Blues
Sep 4 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

2013_aug_first-thursday_webFirst Thursday: Sing the Blues: End the summer on a high note! Enjoy live music by XY Eli Blues Band, a 3 in 30 tour of artworks with the color blue, a pop up shop by Hartford Denim Company, a landscape painting demo and workshop, performances by Hartford-based improv and sketch comedy group Tick Tick BOOM!, cash bar, and more! Stay for an 8pm screening of Le Week-End.

$5, free for members

Facebook event here

First Thursday After Hours: Join us the first Thursday of every month for extended exhibition hours, music, cocktails, food, art activities, a film & more!

Presented with support from the Connecticut Office of Tourism.

From Our Collection

1855, Kensett 1931, Tchelitchew 1797, Robert Artschwager, 1980
 

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