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

Oct
14
Fri
Conversation with an Artist: Amber Cowan
Oct 14 @ 5:00 pm
Conversation with an Artist: Amber Cowan

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).

Oct
21
Fri
Gallery Talk: Whistler’s “Alone with the Tide” with Matthew Hargraves and Erin Monroe
Oct 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Gallery Talk: Whistler’s "Alone with the Tide" with Matthew Hargraves and Erin Monroe

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.   

Oct
28
Fri
Member Tour | Beyond Death
Oct 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Member Tour | Beyond Death

Halloween comes but once a year – start the scary season off right with a tour of spiritual, surreal, and supernatural artwork. We will take you through our galleries and beyond the beyond in this special tour focused entirely on traditions of death, burial, and the afterlife. Availability is limited. Email invitations will be sent with registration links.

Oct
29
Sat
Member Tour | Beyond Death
Oct 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Member Tour | Beyond Death

Halloween comes but once a year – start the scary season off right with a tour of spiritual, surreal, and supernatural artwork. We will take you through our galleries and beyond the beyond in this special tour focused entirely on traditions of death, burial, and the afterlife. Availability is limited. Email invitations will be sent with registration links.

Nov
12
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families: Glass Reflections
Nov 12 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families: Glass Reflections

Tour Fired Up: Glass Today with one of our knowledgeable docents and learn how artists transform humble materials into striking works of art in the exhibition. Explore color & light at our hands-on light tables and then create your own stained glass artwork! Admission is free from noon-2pm on Second Saturdays. Family-friendly tours take place at 12:15 & 1:30pm.

Dec
26
Mon
Highlights Tour
Dec 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Highlights Tour

A docent guided tour of collection highlights. Availability is limited to 15 participants and advance registration is recommended. A face mask/covering is encouraged. Same-day admission is included in the price of your tour ticket. 

Jan
6
Fri
Gallery Talk | Stephanie Syjuco / MATRIX 190: Erin Monroe and Jared Quinton in Conversation
Jan 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Gallery Talk | Stephanie Syjuco / MATRIX 190: Erin Monroe and Jared Quinton in Conversation

In MATRIX 190, Stephanie Syjuco turns to incorporates imagery of nineteenthcentury 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. 

Jan
14
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families: Mindful Moment
Jan 14 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families: Mindful Moment

Ease into the new year with a slow art afternoon. Take a stroll through the museum and practice close looking with your favorite artwork. Learn about Mohegan culture and history through storytelling and tribal artifacts in a presentation by specialists from The Tantaquidgeon Museum. Use a variety of mixed materials to design a happiness scrapbook and document the moments that bring you joy. Admission is free from noon-2pm.

Jan
16
Mon
Martin Luther King Jr. Community Day
Jan 16 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Martin Luther King Jr. Community Day

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through art making, performances, and tours for all ages. Explore The Amistad Center for Art & Culture’s exhibition Art and Activism at Tougaloo College during its final day in Hartford and learn how art can catalyze social justice. Free admission all day.   

ART MAKING
Work alongside the Public Art for Racial Justice Education team in a portable mural highlighting national leaders of the civil rights movement.
Join muralists from RiseUp for Arts and add your mark to their “Piecing It Back Together” artwork.
Conversation Starters: Demonstrate the power of your voice and create a sign that showcases your unique opinion.
Soar Together: Did you know that the dove symbolizes peace? Use a variety of colors, shapes, and textures to decorate a dove ornament that carries your hopeful vision for the future.

PERFORMANCES
Enjoy a performance by singer Elizabeth Lyra Ross in The Amistad Center for Art & Culture. 1pm
A special recital by Dejavé Dance Company reveals collaborative choreography at work and inspires everyone to move. 2:30pm
Listen to an uplifting presentation by the Voices of Hartford vocal ensemble. 3:15pm

FAMILY TOUR Eyes on Art | 12:15 pm, meet in the Main Street lobby

Presented in partnership with The Amistad Center for Art & Culture. Generously supported by Talcott Resolution. 

Feb
3
Fri
Highlights Tour
Feb 3 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Highlights Tour

A docent guided tour of collection highlights. Availability is limited to 15 participants and advance registration is recommended. A face mask/covering is encouraged. Same-day admission is included in the price of your tour ticket.