Calendar of Events
Highlights Tours | Thursdays–Sundays, 12:30 & 2pm
Family Tour: Eyes on Art | Every Second Saturday, 12:15pm
Glass is a medium full of magic and possibility, championed by artists who are innovating through techniques, materials, and personal inspirations. Follow Brandy Culp, curator of Fired Up: Glass Today, as she sheds light on the ways contemporary glass artists are pushing boundaries, forging new paths, and encouraging viewers to take a closer look at the art form. Free with museum admission. Meet in front of the Museum Shop
Artist Stephanie Syjuco uses photography as a means of reframing the museum collection and exploring America’s colonial history in her MATRIX exhibition. Syjuco will discuss her process of working with the museum’s registration, photography, and conservation departments, bringing to light the complexities of collection stewardship and the role art plays in shaping our view of history. Join us in the galleries before the program for a first look at the exhibition. Free with required reservation.
5pm gallery viewing, 6pm artist talk
From the dustbin of American design, Amber Cowan creates glass sculptures that tell stories of self-discovery, escapism, and loneliness. Come meet this internationally acclaimed glass artist and see how she uses recycled, upcycled, and second-life American pressed glass to create her diorama-style sculptures through various techniques such as flameworking, hot-sculpting, and glassblowing. Free with required reservation.
5pm gallery viewing, 6pm artist talk
This program is sponsored by the Trinity College Fine Arts Department (James and Isabelle English Endowment).
American artist James McNeill Whistler divided his time between Paris and London throughout his career. In the autumn of 1861, he spent three months on the coast of northern France to recover from illness. While there, he painted his first ever seascape, Alone with the Tide, which he later renamed The Coast of Brittany. Listen in as curator Erin Monroe, Krieble Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, and Director Dr. Matthew Hargraves explore the meaning and story behind Whistler’s powerful composition. Free with museum admission. Meet in front of the Museum Shop.
In MATRIX 190, Stephanie Syjuco turns to incorporates imagery of nineteenth–century works from the Wadsworth’s American art collection as a lens to explore how art and museums shape our view of history. Join curators Erin Monroe and Jared Quinton as they discuss the shifting narratives around these grand portraits, idealized landscapes, and dramatic history paintings, including John Vanderlyn’s The Murder of Jane McCrea (1804). Free with museum admission. Meet in front of the Museum Shop.
In-person tickets have SOLD OUT. Register for the live stream to attend the lecture via Zoom.
5pm reception, 6pm lecture—In museum & virtual
Jelani Cobb, PhD, is an expert on how race, politics, history, and popular culture intersect in America. Author of the highly acclaimed book The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress, Cobb also writes about police brutality, voter access, racial discord, and partisan polarization and eloquently explores how the past looms in our contemporary societal landscape and how we can collectively push toward a more equitable America. Jelani Cobb discusses the complex dynamics of race and racism in America, to clarify them and inspire his audience to collective activism with the goal of achieving equity in the form of genuine democracy. He shows us that not only are the levers of justice in our hands, but we can move them in the direction we see fit.
The Pennington Lecture is presented in honor of the Rev. Dr. James W. C. Pennington and is part of Capital Community College’s Black Heritage Project. The project aims to surface the remarkable history of the first Black church and school for Black children in Hartford through an exhibition on Hartford’s Black community formation (now on view at the college), curriculum in a variety of courses, and programs such as this.
This lecture is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Capital Community College Foundation and presented as a collaboration between Capital Community College, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.
The Wadsworth cares for a large costume and textile collection spanning centuries of construction and representing cultures from around the globe. Join Ned Lazaro, the Wadsworth’s new associate curator of costume and textiles, for an in-depth exploration of two mid-nineteenth-century costumes on view. Free with museum admission. Meet in front of the Museum Shop.
In the early sixteenth century, artists in the Low Countries carved intricate miniatures from boxwood as symbols of religious devotion for their wealthy Christian patrons. Today, these carvings produce an uncanny effect on museum visitors—they stop people in their tracks and demand to be remembered.
Why do these tiny treasures from half a millennium ago have such an outsized impact today? Barbara Drake Boehm, The Paul and Jill Ruddock Senior Curator of the Met Cloisters, Emerita, explores the world of these small wonders and ponders their mesmerizing effect. Free with required reservation.
Presented in partnership with the Design and Decorative Arts Council with additional support provided by the Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation Fund at the Wadsworth Atheneum.
Image: Attributed to Adam Dircksz and workshop, Miniature coffin, c. 1500–1530. Boxwood, metal (possibly silver), ink or paint. Gift of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and The Evelyn Bonar Storrs Trust Fund
Robert Wiesenberger, curator of contemporary projects at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass., responds to Matt Paweski / MATRIX 191, drawing on his own critical and curatorial interest in the intersection of modern and contemporary art, design, and architecture. Wiesenberger discusses how Paweski’s sculptural work both aligns and breaks with tradition, and makes connections with the Wadsworth’s collection, buildings, and histories. Free with museum admission. Meet in front of the Museum Shop.
Celebrate spring at the Wadsworth during our 40th Annual Fine Art & Flowers. Stunning floral arrangements by florists, garden clubs, and interior designers are shown alongside the works of art that inspired them. A $5 surcharge is added to all admissions during this springtime fundraiser presented by the Friends of the Wadsworth Atheneum.