Kathleen A. Foster discusses the transformation of the watercolor medium in the United States. The “American Watercolor Movement” began in the 1860s and developed through the generation of Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent. By the early twentieth century a distinctly national preference propelled the success of Charles Burchfield, Charles Demuth, Edward Hopper, John Marin, and modernist painters, leading to claims that watercolor was the “American medium.” The exhibition Nature Through Their Eyes: American Moderns on Paper will be open for viewing during the reception.
Enter at 29 Atheneum Square North. Free. Sponsored by the Docent Council of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.
Kathleen A. Foster is the Robert L. McNeil, Jr., Senior Curator of American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Explore the Wadsworth’s collection of still life paintings with a docent and learn how artists transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. Then paint a watercolor of your own to take home. Admission is free during Second Saturdays activities.
ART MAKING | 10am-1pm
ABCs: Art Books and Connections | 10:30am & 12pm
Make connections between art and books during this docent-guided tour for young children and accompanying adults.
Ask About Art | 11am
Talk to a docent about what you see.
Eyes on Art Family Tour | 11:30am
Discover artwork from the collection and more during this docent-led tour for all ages.
Second Saturdays for Families is funded by Aetna. Additional support is provided by the J. Walton Bissell Foundation and the George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., and Alan S. Parker, Co-Trustees. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.
The modernist paintings of Paul Klee are musically depicted in eight programmed compositions by Grammy award–winning composer Jim McNeely. Projections of
Klee’s paintings set the backdrop and will be introduced by a local art historian. A Klee painting from the Wadsworth’s collection will be on view in the theater lobby. Free.
This performance is co-presented by the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and the UConn Ensemble in Residence Program, established by UConn’s School of Fine Arts and Department of Music with an Academic Planning Grant from the Office of the Provost.
The Wadsworth welcomes back Andrea Fraser, MATRIX 114 artist. Fraser has been associated with project-based art, institutional critique, feminist practice, and context art. She has worked in performance, installation, video, sound, and text. Fraser will discuss her exceptional career as an artist working across media.
Fraser’s satirical Welcome to the Wadsworth: A Museum Tour (1991) is on view in the video gallery and will be open during the reception.
Free. Enter at 29 Atheneum Square North.