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Gallery Talk | Conserving and Preserving the Past
Jul 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

What happens when an artwork starts to show its age? Allen Kosanovich, associate paintings conservator, discusses the restoration of Renaissance and Baroque paintings in the Wadsworth’s collection. Free with admission. Meet at the Museum Shop.

Gallery Talk | See and Be Seen
Jul 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Learn how artists have used portrait photography to explore gender norms and sexuality in a gallery talk with Emily Handlin, Marsted Curatorial Fellow for Contemporary Art and co-curator of Be Seen: Portrait Photography Since Stonewall.  Free with admission. Meet at the Museum Shop.

Gallery Talk | Sitting Pretty in Early America
Aug 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Design in the American Home exhibition photoOrnamental and supportive, the design of early American leather and upholstered chairs illuminate aspects of personal life not conveyed in historical documents. Join Erik Gronning, senior vice president and head of the Americana Department at Sotheby’s New York, for insights about the chairs in Design in the American Home, 1650-1850. Free with admission. Meet by the Museum Shop.

Gallery Talk | Conrad Ventur and Montezland
Aug 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Multimedia artist Conrad Ventur discusses his collaborative photographs of drag performer Mario Montez on view in Be Seen: Portrait Photography Since Stonewall. Montez first rose to fame in films by Andy Warhol and Jack Smith. Free with admission. Meet by the Museum Shop.


Image: Conrad Ventur, MM#9, 2011. Digital c-print from a scanned 35mm color negative, ed. 2/5. Gift of Louis J. Wiley, Jr., 2018.5.1. Courtesy of the artist.

Gallery Talk | Spirit of the Bauhaus
Aug 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Robert Wiesenberger headshot
Explore works that emerged from the Bauhaus–the influential school of art and design–with Robert Wiesenberger, associate curator of contemporary projects at the Clark Art Institute. Free with admission. Meet by the Museum Shop.

Gallery Talk | Out on View
Aug 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Andrew Lear headshotGet to know the LGBTQ+ histories of the Wadsworth’s collections from antiquity to today with Andrew Lear, classicist and historian of gender and sexuality known for his popular Gay Secrets tours of the Met and MFA Boston collections. This 1¾-hour tour is intellectually stimulating and culturally rewarding. Limited space available. Email to reserve your spot. Free with admission. Meet by the Museum Shop.

Professor Lear’s mobile audio tour Out on View: LGBTQ+ Perspectives on the Collection is available anytime via


Supported by the Connecticut Humanities.

Gallery Talk | Tom Burr / MATRIX 182
Aug 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Burr’s mixed media representations of notable figures from queer history and Modernism evoke unexpected memory and emotion. Join curator Patricia Hickson for a gallery talk about the artist’s MATRIX exhibition. Free with admission. Meet by the Museum Shop. 

Gallery Talk | Rediscovering Van Gogh
Sep 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Beneath the surface of Vincent van Gogh’s Vase with Poppies (1886) an earlier painting lingers. Examine the recently authenticated work with Oliver Tostmann, Susan Morse Hilles Curator of European Art, and Allen Kosanovich, associate paintings conservator. Free with admission. Meet at the Museum Shop.

Gallery Talk | Josef and Anni Albers and Latin America
Sep 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Jennifer Reynolds KayeAn impromptu drive to Mexico inspired Josef and Anni Albers’s enduring fascination with Latin American culture. Jennifer Reynolds-Kay, curator of education and academic outreach at the Yale Center for British Art, discusses the Latin American influences of the work of both artists. Free with admission. Meet at the Museum Shop.