During his rise as an international arms manufacturer, Samuel Colt continuously collected art. Elizabeth Kornhauser, Alice Pratt Brown Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, discusses the development of Colt’s art collection and his widow Elizabeth’s quest to form one of the finest picture galleries in the United States before she donated the Colt collection to the Wadsworth. Free.
Create alongside Afrocosmologies featured artist Maren Hassinger in a collaborative art-making experience and discover what can be accomplished when we work together. Live music and performances throughout the afternoon celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
Please note: Activity times are different this month due to the Hartford Marathon and museum admission is free all day.
5pm: Reception and Afrocosmologies exhibition viewing
Nature and ritual come together in the visual and performance art of Adama Delphine Fawundu as she explores geography and history. Fawundu’s performance will be accompanied by a viewing of her film the cleanse. Free.
Artists Radcliffe Bailey, Shinique Smith, and Carl Joe Williams discuss how history, nature, music, and spirituality take visual form in their work. Moderated by Kimberly Drew, author of the Tumblr blog “Black Contemporary Art,” as well as the forthcoming book Black Futures which investigates how creativity relates to black cultural identity. Free.
Co-sponsored by the Petrucci Family Foundation.
Explore the exhibition Afrocosmologies with a docent and learn how black artists incorporate nature and faith into their art. Then create a work of art to showcase your connection to the environment. Additional activities include tours and performances. Museum admission is free during Second Saturdays activities.