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
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.

Jul
9
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families: Hamilton and Hartford
Jul 9 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families: Hamilton and Hartford

Pop in on Saturday for free family fun! Explore the exhibition Hamilton: The Art of Remaking History and learn how fashions from the American Revolution have inspired the costumes for one of today’s most popular Broadway musicals. 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. Family-friendly tours take place at 12:15 & 1:30pm. 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.

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
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.

Aug
13
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families: Sight and Sound
Aug 13 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families: Sight and Sound

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. Enjoy a dance performance from Spectrum in Motion. Find the Ice Cream for a Dream truck for free ice cream while supplies last. Admission is free noon-2pm on Second Saturdays.

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.