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

Aug
4
Thu
MATRIX Past and Present: Naama Tsabar and Laurie Anderson in Conversation
Aug 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
MATRIX Past and Present: Naama Tsabar and Laurie Anderson in Conversation

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. 

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.

Oct
4
Tue
Artful Conversations for Members: Van Gogh’s Biography Through His Self-Portraits 
Oct 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Artful Conversations for Members: Van Gogh’s Biography Through His Self-Portraits 

Vincent van Gogh’s 1887 Self-Portrait recently returned to the Wadsworth after joining fifteen of the artist’s self-portraits from collections around the world in a landmark exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery, London. For more than a century, these works have played a key role in our perception of the famous post-impressionist, his life, and his art. This special lunchtime presentation by Dr. Karen Serres, Curator of Paintings at the Courtauld, gives Wadsworth members the chance to look anew at this beloved painting in our collection. Virtual program. Email invitations will be sent with registration links.

Nov
1
Tue
Artful Conversations for Members: Discoveries in Early Photography at the Wadsworth
Nov 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Artful Conversations for Members: Discoveries in Early Photography at the Wadsworth

Hear about newly discovered early photographs from the collection from the 1840s through the 1940s in a conversation between Allen Phillips, Collection Imaging and Publications Manager, and Director Dr. Matthew Hargraves. Virtual program. Email invitations will be sent with registration links.

Nov
10
Thu
MATRIX Past and Present: Stephanie Syjuco and Byron Kim in Conversation 
Nov 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
MATRIX Past and Present: Stephanie Syjuco and Byron Kim in Conversation 

Artists Stephanie Syjuco (MATRIX 190) and Byron Kim (MATRIX 125) discuss their respective MATRIX exhibitions, their creative practices, and how they approach themes of identity, representation, and history in their work. MATRIX Past and Present is an ongoing series of conversations leading up to the 50th Anniversary of the MATRIX exhibitions program at the Wadsworth in 2025. Virtual program. Free with required registration. 
 

Jan
10
Tue
Artful Conversations for Members with Oliver Tostmann
Jan 10 @ 12:00 pm
Artful Conversations for Members with Oliver Tostmann

Balthus (19082001) is one of the most controversial European painters of the twentieth century. Little known during the 1930s, his status as a leading modern artist advanced with the Wadsworth’s crucial help. Join curator Oliver Tostmann as he explores the fascinating story behind the artist’s career and his reception on both sides of the Atlantic. Keep an eye on your inbox for an email invitation and registration link. 

Jan
26
Thu
Panel Discussion: The Art of Flameworking
Jan 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Panel Discussion: The Art of Flameworking

Stigmatized by its associations with cannabis, flameworked glass has been almost completely left out of the broader discussion surrounding the contemporary glass art movement. Recent public policy shifts and greater inclusivity within the glass art community are turning the tide, bringing long-overdue recognition to the contributions of flameworkers. Brandy Culp, curator of Fired Up: Glass Today, moderates a discussion between artists David Colton, Kim Thomas, Carmen Lozar, and Curator of Postwar and Contemporary Glass at the Corning Museum of Glass Susie Silbert about the history, artistry, and everadvancing technology of flameworking to shed light on this historically under-appreciated technique. Listen as some of the major voices in contemporary flameworking reflect on the art form’s journey from scientific laboratories and underground studios to the mainstream art world. Free with required registration. 

Feb
2
Thu
Artist Conversation: Matt Paweski / MATRIX 191 with Matt Paweski and Jared Quinton
Feb 2 @ 5:00 pm
Artist Conversation: Matt Paweski / MATRIX 191 with Matt Paweski and Jared Quinton

5pm gallery viewing, 6pm conversation

Artist Matt Paweski and curator Jared Quinton discuss the new suite of tabletop and wall-mounted works made for the artist’s MATRIX exhibition. Join us in the galleries before the program for a first look at the exhibition. Free with required registration.   

Apr
4
Tue
For Members: Artful Conversation with Erin Monroe and Laura Leonard
Apr 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
For Members: Artful Conversation with Erin Monroe and Laura Leonard

Get an inside look at the Wadsworth’s newest Spotlight exhibition featuring Alexander Calder textiles from the collection, the first project formed by the Art Bridges Cohort Program. During this virtual program exhibition cocurators Erin Monroe and Laura Leonard discuss how these rarely seen textiles expand the story of modern design and reveal a range of influences on Calder’s materials and motifs, from early New England textiles to Latin and South American designs.

Keep an eye on your inbox for an email invitation and Zoom registration link. Not a member? Join today!

Image: Inge Morath, Calder Painting Gouaches, Roxbury (detail), 1964. Photograph. Gift of the Estate of Inge Morath, 2002.12.1

Apr
20
Thu
Remembering a Dance: Yvonne Rainer and Emily Coates in Conversation
Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm
Remembering a Dance: Yvonne Rainer and Emily Coates in Conversation

In 1965, choreographer and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer premiered Parts of Some Sextets at the Wadsworth Atheneum with a cast of ten performers and twelve mattresses. The work marked a pivotal aesthetic shift in the artist’s approach to movement and helped usher in a radical shift in contemporary dance. Nearly six decades after its presentation here and a subsequent presentation at Judson Dance Theater, the work’s impact continues to be felt through a recent revival and continued scholarship. To celebrate the publication of Remembering a Dance: Parts of Some Sextets, 1965/2019 (Performa / Lenz Press / Wadsworth Atheneum, 2023), Rainer returns to the Wadsworth in conversation with dancer, choreographer, and longtime collaborator Emily Coates. The artists reflect on Rainer’s pioneering career, discuss the process of reconstructing Parts of Some Sextets for the Performa 19 Biennial in New York, and consider the landscape of contemporary dance.

Free with required reservation. A book signing follows the conversation.

Presented in partnership with Performa and sponsored by the Auerbach Library Associates at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Additional support is provided by the Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation Fund at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Image: Yvonne Rainer, Parts of Some Sextets, 1965/2019. Performa 19 Biennial. Photo by Paula Court, 2019. Courtesy Performa