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

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. 
 

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.

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
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
9
Thu
The Pennington Lecture with Dr. Jelani Cobb | The Half-Life of Freedom: Race and Justice in America Today
Feb 9 @ 5:00 pm
The Pennington Lecture with Dr. Jelani Cobb | The Half-Life of Freedom: Race and Justice in America Today

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. 

Feb
11
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families: Black History Month
Feb 11 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families: Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, pay tribute to African American artists’ contributions, triumphs, and creativity. Design a portrait highlighting Black and Brown voices with artist Marsh and delight in a performance by bassist Conway Campbell Jr. Presented in partnership with The Amistad Center for Art & Culture. Admission is free noon–2pm.

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
8
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families: Fabricate and Form
Apr 8 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families: Fabricate and Form

Discover how MATRIX artist Matt Paweski mixes elements of architecture, furniture, and interior design in his work. Assemble a unique keepsake box with inspiration from the tabletop sculptures on view in the exhibition, and join our friends from ConnLUG and contribute to life-size furniture made entirely from LEGO pieces! Admission is free noon–2pm.