April – July 2014
41st 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.
Saturday, May 10 | 10am – 1pm | Second Saturdays: Express Yourself
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.
Ticket sales for this event are closed.
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.
About 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.
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:
Discussion & Film: Beneath the Harvest Sky: A gripping and realistic tale about the young residents of a small town in northern Maine. 2013. USA. 116 min. Not Rated. Directed by Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly. Starring Emory Cohen.
Presented By Data-Mail, Inc. and The Mandell Family
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.
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.
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.
Concert: Approaching the Garden: Approaching 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.
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.
Gallery 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.
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!
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.
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:
Saturday, July 19, 2pm | Connecticut Towns: Iron and Ivory in Connecticut
Additional support provided by Data-Mail, Inc. and the Mandell Family.
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.
Film (2 for 1): Connecticut Towns: Iron & Ivory in Connecticut: Watch two films about Connecticut’s industrial history: Visions of Iron, 2008, produced by the Sharon Historical Society, followed by, Legacies of White Gold, 2005, directed by Gary Ribchinsky. USA. 65 min total. Not Rated.
After the screening stay for a discussion with author and Connecticut Humanities discussion facilitator David Garnes.
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 12, 2pm | Bill Cunningham New York
Presented with support by Data-Mail, Inc. and the Mandell Family.