Gallery Talk: Expeditions to Altered Lands: Artists change the way we see the world and transform our perceptions by manipulating nature or by capturing its metamorphosis. Join Anne Butler Rice, Public Programs Manager, for an exploration of nature remodeled by human hands in An Artificial Wilderness: The Landscape in Contemporary Photography. Free with admission, meet outside the Museum Shop.
November 15, 2013
November 7, 2013
First Thursday: An Artificial Wilderness: Listen to bluegrass, jug band, blues and early string band music by Americana Band Washboard Slim and the Blue Lights, at 6 pm join Contemporary Curator and exhibition curator Patricia Hickson for a tour of An Artificial Wilderness, create a landscape painting, sample Tanduay Asian Rum and more! 8 pm, Edward Scissorhands. The Museum Cafe will be open for a prix fixe dinner.
$5, free for Members and students with ID.
Afterwards head to Spotlight Theatres Front Street for late night Happy Hour!
PLEASE NOTE: The parking lot between Prospect and Front Streets is currently closed for construction. The city provides limited on-street parking, and Front Street Garage South provides $5 parking after 5 p.m.
November 1, 2013
Gallery Talk: Trick or Tree: Patricia Hickson, Emily Hall Tremaine Curator of Contemporary Art, and Johanna Plummer, Georgette Auerbach Koopman Director of Education, explore connections between artist Virgil Marti’s installation, MATRIX 167 / Ode to a Hippie, decorative art objects and trompe-l’oeil (trick the eye) paintings from our collection that inspired Marti’s work. Free with admission.
October 23, 2013
Memorial Lecture in Honor of Stephen Gray
Art and Reform: The Saturday Evening Girls Club and the Paul Revere Pottery
Nonie Gadsden, Katharine Lane Weems Senior Curator of
American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
5:30 pm Reception
6:30 pm Lecture begins – Aetna Theater
Join us for a lecture in honor of the late collector, Stephen Gray, by Arts and Crafts expert, Nonie Gadsden, Katharine Lane Weems Senior Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the MFA, Boston. This lecture is free and open to the public.
Program introduced by special guest, Barbara Fuldner, the great-granddaughter of Gustav Stickley. Gadsden will trace the birth of the Saturday Evening Girls’ club in 1899, its development of cultural activities for Italian and Jewish immigrant girls living in the tenements of Boston’s North End, and its founding of the Paul Revere Pottery in 1908. The playful ceramics produced by the Saturday Evening Girls feature barnyard animals, native flowers, and rural landscapes in the stylized manner of the Arts and Crafts style.
Sponsored by the Decorative Arts Council of the Wadsworth Atheneum.
October 20, 2013
Gallery Talk: Weaving the Myth of Psyche
Alden Gordon, Professor of Fine Arts, Trinity College, Hartford
In conjunction with Weaving the Myth of Psyche, Gordon offers historical context for a 17th century tapestry series illustrating the myth of Psyche. Free with admission or admission to Sunday Serenades.
October 18, 2013
Gallery Talk: An Artificial Wilderness
Patricia Hickson, Emily Hall Tremaine Curator of Contemporary Art and exhibition curator, offers an introduction to An Artificial Wilderness: The Landscape in Contemporary Photography.
Free with admission, meet outside the Museum Shop.
October 4, 2013
October 2, 2013
The Landscape and the Lens: In conjunction with An Artificial Wilderness: The Landscape in Contemporary Photography, Alison Nordström, Curator-at-Large in the Department of Photographs at the George Eastman House, will present an illustrated survey of landscape photography over time and around the world, with an emphasis on its position within contemporary art. Join us at 5 pm before the lecture in Loctite Lobby for a reception with wine for purchase. This lecture is free and open to the public.
About Alison Nordström: Dr. Alison Devine Nordström is Curator of Photographs at George Eastman House, the oldest and largest museum of photography in the United States. She was the Founding Director and Senior Curator of the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach, Florida from 1991 to 2002. She has curated over 100 exhibitions of photography including the popular biennial series Fresh Work, and major surveys of landscape, portraiture, travel photographs and journalism. At George Eastman House, she has initiated the contemporary biennial Vital Signs, and has curated Paris: Photographs by Eugene Atget and Christopher Rauschenberg, Why Look at Animals?, and Know War. She writes and lectures extensively on contemporary and historical photography. Nordström holds a BA in English Literature, an MLS with museum emphasis, and a PhD in Cultural and Visual Studies.
September 26, 2013
Robin Jaffee Frank, Chief Curator and Krieble Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, examines works in the American collection that reflect not only the values of those who made them, but also those of the patrons who commissioned them, the partners who collaborated on them, and the friends whose personal and professional connections played a major role in the life of the artist.
Free with museum admission, meet outside the Museum Shop.
September 17, 2013
Join us for a conversation on Designing for Dance. This discussion takes a unique look at the world of ballet costuming with a panel of renowned designers, hands-on practitioners and a presentation of costumes.
Elizabeth A. Bentley, fashion/costume designer, Asst. Professor, Rhode Island School of Design
Holly Hynes, costume designer, former Director of Costumes, New York City Ballet
Willa Kim, legendary designer for Broadway, ballet, stage and screen
Curated by Connecticut Ballet’s Artistic Director Brett Raphael.
Designing for Dance conversation and presentation in Aetna Theater
Reception in Avery Court
$35, $25 members. Purchase tickets online here, or call 860-838-4100 Wednesday – Sunday during normal business hours.
Sponsored by the Costume & Textile Society.