Calendar of Events

Jun
24
Fri
Curator Talk: Thaxter’s Love’s First Dream
Jun 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Edward Russell Thaxter was a promising American sculptor of the late-nineteenth century but died in Florence at just twenty-four years of age before his first masterpiece, Love’s First Dream, was completed. Chief curator Matthew Hargraves explores the story behind Thaxter’s brief career and traces the story of Love’s First Dream from first idea to finished marble and its journey from Florence to Hartford. Free with museum admission. Meet in front of the Museum Shop.

Jun
25
Sat
Chamber Concert: Arazzo Music Festival
Jun 25 @ 7:00 pm
Chamber Concert: Arazzo Music Festival

The Wadsworth is pleased to host the season finale performance of the Arazzo Music Festival, a new initiative building community through musical performances here in Connecticut. Join Connecticut cellist and festival director Samuel DeCaprio as he performs an evening of string music in Morgan Great Hall with musicians from across the region. The program centers around Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s String Sextet in D minor “Souvenir de Florence”, Op. 70 (1890). Free with required registration. 

Jul
10
Sun
POSTPONED | Conservator Talk with Casey Mallinckrodt: Letters from the Revolutionary War
Jul 10 @ 1:00 pm

This conservation talk has been postponed to Saturday, August 20.

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.

Jul
15
Fri
Curator Talk with Brandy Culp | Hamilton: The Art of Remaking History
Jul 15 @ 1:00 pm
Curator Talk with Brandy Culp | Hamilton: The Art of Remaking History

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.

Jul
21
Thu
Curator Talk with Patricia Hickson: MATRIX 189
Jul 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Curator Talk with Patricia Hickson: MATRIX 189

Explore Naama Tsabar’s immersive installation with curator Patricia Hickson as she illuminates Tsabar’s feminist and political approach to artmaking. Free with museum admission. Meet in front of the Museum Shop. 

Aug
5
Fri
Conservator Talk with Allen Kosanovich: Ribalta’s “The Ecstasy of Saint Francis: The Vision of the Musical Angel”
Aug 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Conservator Talk with Allen Kosanovich: Ribalta’s "The Ecstasy of Saint Francis: The Vision of the Musical Angel"

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.

Aug
20
Sat
Conservator Talk with Casey Mallinckrodt: Letters from the Revolutionary War
Aug 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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. 

Support for this project provided by a grant from the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Connecticut.
Aug
27
Sat
Gallery Talk with Adam Lenz: Sound Walk
Aug 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Gallery Talk with Adam Lenz: Sound Walk

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. 

Sep
9
Fri
Conservator Talk with Casey Mallinckrodt and Kat Sarris: Dighton’s Silver Punch Bowl
Sep 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Conservator Talk with Casey Mallinckrodt and Kat Sarris: Dighton’s Silver Punch Bowl

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.

Sep
10
Sat
CANCELED | Performance: Melodies of Certain Damage (Opus 6)
Sep 10 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Melodies of Certain Damage (Opus 6) performances are canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.  Ticket purchases will be refunded automatically. Ticket-holders may present their original email confirmation for complementary same-day admission.

Tsabar’s Melodies of Certain Damage (Opus 6) 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 admission. Masks are required for visitors attending this performance. Musicians not required to wear a mask. Tickets are limited, reservations required. Registration link will be available soon.