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The Wadsworth is open and operating at a limited capacity with timed entry. Hours are Fridays; noon – 8pm, Saturdays, & Sundays; noon – 5pm. Admission is free, reserve your tickets at my.thewadsworth.org. Guided tours are available to the general public on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. We care about your safety. Masks, social distancing, and a contactless temperature check required. Check our website for more information on how we are preparing for your visit. 

 

Virtual Gallery Talks

Ali Banisadr | Ali Banisadr / MATRIX 185
October 23, 2020

An Evening with Mark Dion
October 21, 2020

James Prosek | Made in Connecticut
October 16, 2020

An Evening with Kate Malone
October 13, 2020

Linda Roth | Savor: A Revolution in Food Culture
September 29, 2020

Ivan Day | Ice Cream in the Age of Enlightenment
September 20, 2020

Jeffrey Munger | Pleasing the Eye and Palate
September 10, 2020

Janna Israel | Titus in a Monk’s Habit
August 14, 2020

Virtual Programs

Art Basel Online Viewing Room Event
June 20, 2020

Virtual Experiences

AR Experience

Discover the world of Artemisia Gentileschi and see how her masterpiece Self-Portrait as a Lute Player (1615-18) would look in your own space. Download the free BLVRD Features app on your Apple device.

Tours

Avery Court installation Artists Respond to the Modern World
This tour was made possible by Defining Studios.

Morgan Great Hall: American and European Paintings
This tour was sponsored by Art Bridges.

Cabinet of Art and Curiosity
This project was made possible by a grant from the French American Museum Exchange (FRAME).

Quick Sessions Live with #UNLOAD

 

Brandy Culp, Richard Koopman Curator of American Decorative Arts, joins Mary Himes, co-founder of #UNLOAD, for a conversation about Samuel and Elizabeth Colt, their collection, and the power of art and design to influence social change.


MATRIX 174 artist Vanessa German, and Director of Education Anne Butler Rice join the co-founders of #UNLOAD for a conversation about art, gun violence, and social change.

 

Creative Connections 

Wadsworth staff share musings about art, creative know-how, and ways they are staying connected to the museum while working from home. Tune in each week for a video message from a different museum staff member.

Filmed before the current heatwave, Development Database Specialist Kyle Abraham takes us to his favorite running spot, which happens to be a familiar Hartford haven. ⁣⁣ Artwork: Claude Monet, Nymphéas (Water Lilies), 1907. Oil on canvas. Bequest of Anne Parrish Titzell

Charles C. and Eleanor Lamont Cunningham Curator of European Decorative Arts, Linda Roth, shares the story of Taxile Doat (1851–1939), a ceramist known for his imaginative forms, technical skills, and mastery of glazing, who lived and worked in France during the 1918 flu pandemic.

Development Events Manager, Ann Marie Drury, is missing a painting in the collection by Helen Frankenthaler, and finds special meaning in a quote by the artist. Artwork: Helen Frankenthaler, “Sea Picture with Black”, 1959. Oil on canvas. Gift of Susan Morse Hilles. ©2020 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), new York.

 

 Susan Morse Hilles Curator of European Art Oliver Tostmann gives us a glimpse into the Wadsworth’s spectacular self-portrait painting by renowned Baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi. Artwork: Artemisia Gentileschi, Self-Portrait as a Lute Player, c.1615-18. Oil on canvas. Charles H. Schwartz Endowment Fund

 

Membership Manager, Leslie Cunningham is starting her spring planting, and recalling the gardens represented in Savor: A Revolution in Food Culture. Artwork: Denis Diderot, Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. André le Breton et al., Engraving on paper, c.1770. Private collection

Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture Erin Monroe takes us on a journey through an early twentieth century painting by John Sloan that brings to mind familiar comforts many of us are missing. Who needs their hair done? Artwork: John Sloan, Hairdresser’s Window, 1907. Oil on canvas. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund. © 2020 Delaware Art Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

School and Teacher Programs Manager, Lindsey Fyfe is singing the blues and reflecting on the Wadsworth in the 1920s. Artwork: Everett Austin Jr., 1936. Photograph by George Platt Lynes; Everett Austin Jr. (American, 1900-1957), Guitar with Goblet, 1931. Oil on paper. Gift of Mrs. Helen Goodwin Austin 

Curator of Contemporary Art Patricia Hickson takes us to the museum’s front lawn on Main Street for a look at an outdoor sculpture from the collection by Tony Smith. Sculpture: Tony Smith (American, 1912-1980), Amaryllis, 1965. Painted steel. Purchased by exchange and with funds contributed by Joseph L. Shulman

Director of Education Anne Butler Rice has in mind a painting from the collection by Georgia O’Keeffe and shares some thoughts from her own woodsy surroundings. Artwork: Georgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887-1986), The Lawrence Tree, 1929. Oil on canvas. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund. © 2020 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York

 

Associate Paintings Conservator Allen Kosanovich discusses his interest in the materials and techniques used by artists throughout history, and shares what he’s been working on in his home studio. Who doesn’t love a Raphael?

Collection Imaging and Publications Manager, Allen Phillips, takes us along as he searches for his next subject to shoot with his analogue camera. Who’s up for a road trip?

 

Education Assistant Jama Holchin has been working on making her own yarn, a process that is giving her an even deeper appreciation for textiles in the collection. Artwork: Bed rug, 1802, Lebanon, CT. Homespun wool tabby-weave ground fabric and embroidered dyed wool yarns, running chain stitch with a natural wool ground, cut pile. American Decorative Arts Purchase Fund

Art preparator David Borawski has in mind a work from the collection by Cady Noland, and shares what he’s been working on in his downtown studio. Artwork: Cady Noland, Bluewald, 1989-90. Silkscreen on aluminum with flag and stand. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund

 

Art Preparator Jon Eastman takes us down to his vinyl vault for a bit of Wadsworth trivia. Artwork: Doug and Mike Starn (Americans, born 1961), Yellow Seascape with Film and Wood Blocks, 1988–89. Toned silver print, Scotch tape, toned ortho film, wood, nails, glue. Gift of Mike and Doug Starn in honor of the marriage of Anne Pasternak and Mike Starn

While Curator of Film & Theater Debbie Gaudet explores her favorite local waterfall, she highlights images of Niagara from the collection, with a classic movie twist.
 

 

Docent and Tour Programs Manager, Angela Parker is working on her loom and drawing inspiration from textile artist Anni Albers. Artwork: Anni Albers, In Orbit, 1957. Wool. Bequest of Nina H. Stanley. ©The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 2020.

 

Art preparator Joe Bun Keo shares how he’s staying creative in his studio. We love the way Joe’s exploring light in his work. Is there a contemporary artist whose use of light inspires you?
 

 

 

FRAME Digital Projects

The French American Museum Exchange (FRAME) has awarded the Wadsworth a grant to fund two digital content creation projects which provides new opportunities for interaction with the collection beyond the museum walls. The Wadsworth’s painting of Adam by the Dutch artist Hendrick Goltzius and its Cabinet of Art and Curiosity, will engage companion works in the collections of FRAME member institutions Musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg and Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes.

Digitally Reuniting Goltzius’s Adam & Eve 
Cabinet of Art and Curiosity goes Virtual  

 

Second Saturdays for Families

Juneteenth

Watch Youth and Community Programs Manager Marisely Gonzalez create an abstract painting inspired by artist Alma Thomas’s floral patterns. Then grab your paintbrush to design your own floral artwork. Visit the Juneteenth event page for close looking activities celebrating creativity, community, and freedom.

Caregiver Celebrations

For many of us, family plays an important role in our life.  It’s no wonder some artists choose to highlight families in their work. Take a look at some of the art from our collection that portrays families, listen to stories about family bonds, and make a work of art to thank one of your special family members. Visit the Caregiver Celebrations event page to participate in two close looking activities.

Earth Day Activities

Nature has inspired artists throughout history. While some draw or paint landscapes, others create sculptures using items found outdoors, like stone and wood. Gather your family and celebrate Earth Day with kid-friendly activities led by Wadsworth education staff Marisely Gonzalez and Angela Parker. Visit the Earth Day event page for a digital scavenger hunt through the seventeenth century painting Spring (Le Printemps).

Smart History

Wadsworth curators in conversation about art, history, and the collection.

The Triangle Trade and the Colonial Table, Sugar, Tea, and Slavery

Thought the Puritans were dour? Think again!

Inventing America, Colt’s Experimental Pocket Pistol

Homage to JFK: Rauschenberg’s Retroactive I

An Artifact of Racism: a Connecticut Klan robe

Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Washing/Tracks/Maintenance: Outside (July 23, 1973)

Cheap Thrills: Coney Island during the Great Depression

 

Past Exhibition Video Highlights

 Sam Messer / MATRIX 178: Denis the Pirate
October 5, 2017 – February 11, 2018


Artist Sam Messer recounts making his film Denis the Pirate, a short animation narrated by actor Liev Schreiber based on a story written for Sam’s daughter by the author Denis Johnson. Denis the Pirate premiered at the Wadsworth in Fall 2017 as a MATRIX installation. To recreate Denis’s tale of immoral behavior at sea, Messer created thousands of meticulously detailed prints and drawings that flash across the screen to an original soundtrack by Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire) and Colin Stetson. This clip was edited by Eleanor Gaver.⁣⁣
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Wadsworth Welcome logo

Launched in August of 2016 the Wadsworth Welcome program currently has 4,625 card holders. 54 different languages are spoken in the homes of Wadsworth Welcome participants. The youngest cardholder is 12 years old and the oldest is age 95.