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 admission.

Image: Courtesy of Gurmeet Kaur Singh and Prabhjit Singh Mutneja.

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.

Image: Still from I Heard it Through the Grape Vine (1982).

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

Jun
8
Sat
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.

Jun
30
Sun
Demonstration | Wig Styling with Dalia Kulek
Jun 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Demonstration | Wig Styling with Dalia Kulek

Meet us in Styling Identities: Hair’s Tangled Histories to learn about Orthodox Jewish hair traditions. Watch a wig-styling demonstration with Dalia Kulek from Chabad Chevra at the University of Hartford. Kulek is a member of the exhibition’s Community Advisory Board. Free with museum admission.