Calendar of Events

Programs take place in the museum unless otherwise specified. Click here for public tour registration.
Highlights Tours | Thursdays–Sundays, 12:30 & 2pm
Family Tour: Eyes on Art | Every Second Saturday, 12:15pm

Jun
1
Sat
Artist Talk | “The Dauntless Bureau” with Rachel Portesi
Jun 1 @ 1:00 pm
Artist Talk | "The Dauntless Bureau" with Rachel Portesi

Artist Rachel Portesi discusses her work The Dauntless Bureau, an installation commissioned for the Styling Identities exhibition. Seventeen sculptural works incorporating photographic processes and human hair were created to fit in a bureau (c. 1860s) originally from the cabin of the ship Dauntless. Portesi drew inspiration from the life of Elizabeth Hart Jarvis Colt for a work that looks across time to illuminate a universally shared female history of strength, motherhood, grooming, and hair. Free with museum admission.

Image: Rachel Portesi, Looking Forward and Looking Back, from The Dauntless Bureau, 2023. Tintypes, antique silver hairbrush handles, human hair, silver armatures on steel base with antique silver casings. 

Jun
2
Sun
Demonstration | Turban Tying with Gurmeet Kaur Singh and Prabhjit Singh Mutneja
Jun 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Demonstration | Turban Tying with Gurmeet Kaur Singh and Prabhjit Singh Mutneja

Meet us in Styling Identities: Hair’s Tangled Histories to learn about Sikh hair traditions and experience a turban-tying demonstration with Gurmeet Kaur Singh and Prabhjit Singh Mutneja, members of the exhibition’s Community Advisory Board. They will be joined by others from the Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar, a Sikh temple in Southington, Connecticut. Free with museum admission.

Jun
4
Tue
Day Art Tour | The William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation & Lexington Square Café, Mount Kisco, NY
Jun 4 all-day

The entire collection of William Louis-Dreyfus, father of Seinfeld and Veep actor Julia Louis-Dreyfus, is housed in a sixteen-thousand square foot viewing and storage facility with three thousand works from 225 emerging artists. The lawyer, art aficionado, published poet, and philanthropist, supported artists who represented the twentieth and twenty-first centuries in various styles and materials. Docent-led tour followed by a three-course lunch.

RSVP by Thursday, May 30, 2024.

Jun
6
Thu
Film | “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1982)
Jun 6 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Film | "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" (1982)

James Baldwin’s mesmerizing storytelling takes viewers from Birmingham to Selma and Newark, vividly portraying the South’s violent resistance to desegregation and the enduring struggle for racial equality. The documentary blends historical events with intimate conversations among Baldwin, preachers, teachers, and fellow writers at the forefront of the ‘60s civil rights struggle. Free with museum admission.

Directed by Dick Fontaine and Pat Hartley. US. 1 hour 35 minutes. Not rated.

Co-presented by Out Film CT and The Amistad Center for Arts & Culture.

First Thursdays
Jun 6 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
First Thursdays

Celebrate the beginning of Pride Month and the opening of MATRIX 194 with a night of music, art, and films. Listen to artist Kyle Dunn in conversation with curator of contemporary art Jared Quinton at 6pm. Vibe to tunes outside in the central courtyard, then move to the theater at 7pm to view a pair of short films by Pedro Almodóvar. In Strange Way of Life, Almodóvar crafts a hyper-male Western melodrama that explores the intensity of middle-aged romance with Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal. The Human Voice showcases Tilda Swinton’s mesmerizing portrayal of a woman grappling with the aftermath of a relationship.

Films directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Spain. 1 hour 1 minute. 2020 and 2023. Rated R. Co-presented by OutFilmCT. Presented in conjunction with Kyle Dunn / MATRIX 194

This program series is made possible with generous support provided by Art Bridges Foundation’s Access for All program.

 

Artist Conversation | “Kyle Dunn / MATRIX 194” with Kyle Dunn and Jared Quinton
Jun 6 @ 6:00 pm
Artist Conversation | "Kyle Dunn / MATRIX 194"  with Kyle Dunn and Jared Quinton

Artist Kyle Dunn’s cinematic paintings blur the boundaries between his male protagonists’ public and private selves. To celebrate the opening of Kyle Dunn/MATRIX 194, the artist’s first museum exhibition, Dunn is joined by curator Jared Quinton for a discussion about his wide-ranging influences and the many references in his luminous domestic scenes, which dramatize themes of intimacy and alienation. Join us before the conversation for a first look at the exhibition during our monthly free First Thursdays program.

Image: Kyle Dunn, Studio Still Life, 2024. Acrylic on wood panel. Courtesy of the Artist and P·P·O·W, New York. Photo by JSP Art Photography.

Jun
7
Fri
Film | “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1982)
Jun 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Film | "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" (1982)

James Baldwin’s mesmerizing storytelling takes viewers from Birmingham to Selma and Newark, vividly portraying the South’s violent resistance to desegregation and the enduring struggle for racial equality. The documentary blends historical events with intimate conversations among Baldwin, preachers, teachers, and fellow writers at the forefront of the ‘60s civil rights struggle. Free with museum admission.

Directed by Dick Fontaine and Pat Hartley. US. 1 hour 35 minutes. Not rated.

Co-presented by Out Film CT and The Amistad Center for Arts & Culture.

“Styling Identities” Double Feature | “Manscaping” (2022) & “Swan Song” (2021)
Jun 7 @ 6:00 pm
"Styling Identities" Double Feature | "Manscaping" (2022) & "Swan Song" (2021)

Manscaping captures the artistry and activism of three individuals, modeling ways to transcend toxic masculinity in favor of social inclusion and personal freedom. Devan Shimoyama is an Afrofuturist visual artist whose barbershop painting series envisions inclusivity and draws on Afrofuturism and drag. Jessie Anderson, a transgender Canadian barber, owns Big Bro’s Barbershop, providing a safe space for trans, gender nonconforming, and queer customers. Richard Savvy, Australia’s “naked barber,” is a fetish barber/porn actor challenging norms with his unique approach.

Directed by Broderick Fox. US. 1 hour, 2 minutes. Not rated.

Swan Song unfolds as Pat Pitsenbarger (Udo Kier), a retired and stroke-afflicted former hairdresser, embarks on an unconventional road trip to ensure his late client, Rita Parker Sloan (Linda Evans), looks her best at her funeral. Swan Song explores themes of love, loss, and personal transformation with performances by Jennifer Coolidge, Stephanie McVay, and Shanessa Sweeney.

Directed by Todd Stephens. US. 1 hour, 35 minutes. Rated R.

 

Co-presented by Out Film CT.

Jun
8
Sat
Demonstration | The Art of Dreadlocks with Cedric “Dr. Loc” Roberson
Jun 8 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Demonstration | The Art of Dreadlocks with Cedric “Dr. Loc” Roberson

Meet us in Styling Identities: Hair’s Tangled Histories to learn about the history of dreadlocks and to view a loc demonstration with Hartford-based loctician Cedric Roberson.

Presented during Juneteenth Family Day. 

Juneteenth Family Day
Jun 8 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Juneteenth Family Day

Join The Amistad Center for Art & Culture and the Wadsworth in the celebration of Juneteenth and explore themes of emancipation and diaspora through FreedomWays: From Jubilee to Juneteenth on view in Pryor Gallery. Work with Hartford-based ceramist Danessa Pedroso in a nkisi nkondi (power figure) workshop or make your mark with your own Jackie Robinson coloring book! Tune in to a Harlem Renaissance-inspired musical set by the Erica Tracy and Tom Sullivan Duo in the galleries and enjoy various Afro-beats with DJ Michelle Bee in Gengras Courtyard. Free admission all day.