Calendar of Events
Learn how fashions from the American Revolution have inspired the costumes for one of today’s most popular Broadway musicals. See Hamilton: The Art of Remaking History and try your hand at creating an accessory inspired by the works on view. Listen to storyteller Tammy Denease as she illustrates how access and circumstance impacted a person’s clothing during the American Revolution. Find the Ice Cream for a Dream truck, parked outside the museum from noon–2pm, for free ice cream while supplies last. Free admission from noon-2pm.
The Wadsworth houses a collection of letters from the Revolutionary War period written to Colonel Jeremiah Wadsworth by some of the major figures involved in founding the United States, including George Washington and Alexander Hamilton. Join objects conservator Casey Mallinckrodt as she discusses the materials and techniques used to conserve historic documents for future generations. Free with museum admission. Meet in front of the Museum Shop.
Learn how historic imagery informed the story brought to life on stage in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s award-winning musical Hamilton. Explore Hamilton: The Art of Remaking History with curator Brandy Culp as she takes a fresh look at the past through art and artifacts relating to the era and examines the ways we continue to reevaluate our nation’s history. Free with museum admission. Meet in front of the Museum Shop.
Naama Tsabar (MATRIX 189) and Laurie Anderson (MATRIX 46) engage performance and sound as pivotal components in their creative practices. Listen in as Tsabar and Anderson discuss how they use sound as a medium for artmaking, challenge the stereotypes of musical genres through experimentation, and reveal the feminist dialogues at play in their work. Free virtual program.
Catalan painter Francisco Ribalta vividly captured religious images at the turn of the seventeenth century, positioning himself as one of the major figures of the early Baroque. Paintings conservator Allen Kosanovich examines an in-process treatment of Ribalta’s The Ecstasy of Saint Francis: The Vision of the Musical Angel (c. 1620–1625), discussing how these efforts address the results of four hundred years of aging and numerous restoration attempts. Free with museum admission. Meet in front of the Museum Shop.
Explore how Naama Tsabar creates objects that function both as artworks and musical instruments. Design a musical instrument of your own and watch a presentation by our friends at the Connecticut Science Center as they unravel the mysteries behind sound. Find the Ice Cream for a Dream truck for free ice cream while supplies last. Admission is free noon-2pm on Second Saturdays.
Join composer, sound artist, and museum educator Adam Lenz for an inside look at artworks in the Wadsworth’s collection that engage with music, sound, and auditory histories. The talk will end in Naama Tsabar / MATRIX 189 where visitors will have a chance to experience a large-scale sound installation. Free with museum admission. Meet in front of the Museum Shop.
English silversmith Isaac Dighton fashioned silver objects for London’s well-to-do at the end of the seventeenth century, including an ornately decorated punch bowl housed in the Wadsworth’s collection. Objects conservator Casey Mallinckrodt and conservation assistant Kat Sarris discuss the steps taken to prepare the Wadsworth’s silver collection for the new Silver Vault installation and the processes involved in helping Dighton’s punch bowl shine for the occasion. Free with museum admission. Meet in front of the Museum Shop.
Tsabar’s Melodies of Certain Damage performances are realized in a landscape of smashed guitars. The shattered remains evoke the destructive actions popularized in male-dominated rock and roll, but here they become instruments of communal performance that offer a feminist narrative. Join Tsabar and an ensemble of women and gender non-conforming performers from across the region as they activate Tsabar’s installation through site-specific performance. Free with required reservation. Registration link will be available soon.