Calendar of Events

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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.

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

May
6
Sat
Film: Children of the Mist (2021)
May 6 @ 2:00 pm
Film: Children of the Mist (2021)

In a village hidden in the mist-shrouded northwest Vietnamese mountains, an indigenous Hmong community is home to twelve-year-old Di, part of the first generation of her people with access to formal education. A free spirit, she happily recounts her experiences to Vietnamese filmmaker Diem Ha Le, who embedded herself in Di’s family over three years to document this unique coming of age. As Di grows, her carefree childhood gives way to an impulsive and sensitive adolescence, a dangerous temperament for what will happen next; in this insular community, girls endure the controversial but accepted tradition of “bride kidnapping.” One night, Di’s parents return from celebrating the Lunar New Year to find that their daughter has disappeared. Winner of the Best Directing award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Diem’s film is a tender portrait of a community caught between tradition and modernity with one girl tragically stuck in the middle. Directed by Diem Ha Le. 92 minutes. Not rated.

$9; $7 seniors and students with ID; $6 members and Wadsworth Welcome. Museum admission not included.

May
7
Sun
Film: Children of the Mist (2021)
May 7 @ 4:00 pm
Film: Children of the Mist (2021)

In a village hidden in the mist-shrouded northwest Vietnamese mountains, an indigenous Hmong community is home to twelve-year-old Di, part of the first generation of her people with access to formal education. A free spirit, she happily recounts her experiences to Vietnamese filmmaker Diem Ha Le, who embedded herself in Di’s family over three years to document this unique coming of age. As Di grows, her carefree childhood gives way to an impulsive and sensitive adolescence, a dangerous temperament for what will happen next; in this insular community, girls endure the controversial but accepted tradition of “bride kidnapping.” One night, Di’s parents return from celebrating the Lunar New Year to find that their daughter has disappeared. Winner of the Best Directing award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Diem’s film is a tender portrait of a community caught between tradition and modernity with one girl tragically stuck in the middle. Directed by Diem Ha Le. 92 minutes. Not rated.

$9; $7 seniors and students with ID; $6 members and Wadsworth Welcome. Museum admission not included.

Jun
6
Tue
Artful Conversations for Members with Jared Quinton
Jun 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Artful Conversations for Members with Jared Quinton

Join Associate Curator of Contemporary Art Jared Quinton for a discussion about Justine Kurland’s iconic photographic series, Girl Pictures (1997–2002), recently acquired by the Wadsworth and currently on view in Avery Court. Quinton discusses the work’s Connecticut origins and artful interweaving of cinematic narratives and feminist politics. Keep an eye on your inbox for an email invitation and link to register.

Justine Kurland, Toys R Us, 1998, from Girl Pictures, printed 1997–2002. 69 unique C-prints. Purchased through the gift of Robinson A. and Nancy D. Grover and the Alexander A. Goldfarb Contemporary Art Acquisition Fund, 2022.2.5

Jun
23
Fri
Film: Close
Jun 23 @ 7:00 pm
Film: Close

Léo (Eden Dambrine) and Remi (Gustav De Waele) are two thirteen-year-old best friends whose seemingly unbreakable bond is suddenly, tragically torn apart. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Lukas Dhont’s second film is an emotionally transformative and unforgettable portrait of the intersection of friendship and love, identity and independence, and heartbreak and healing. Co-presented by Out Film CT. Image courtesy of A24.

Directed by Lukas Dhont (Girl, 2018). 105 minutes. Rated PG-13. $9; $7 seniors and students with ID; $6 members and Wadsworth Welcome. Museum admission not included.

Jun
24
Sat
Film: Close
Jun 24 @ 2:00 pm
Film: Close

Léo (Eden Dambrine) and Remi (Gustav De Waele) are two thirteen-year-old best friends whose seemingly unbreakable bond is suddenly, tragically torn apart. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Lukas Dhont’s second film is an emotionally transformative and unforgettable portrait of the intersection of friendship and love, identity and independence, and heartbreak and healing. Co-presented by Out Film CT. Images courtesy of A24.

Directed by Lukas Dhont (Girl, 2018). 105 minutes. Rated PG-13. $9; $7 seniors and students with ID; $6 members and Wadsworth Welcome. Museum admission not included.

Jun
25
Sun
Film: Close
Jun 25 @ 2:00 pm
Film: Close

Léo (Eden Dambrine) and Remi (Gustav De Waele) are two thirteen-year-old best friends whose seemingly unbreakable bond is suddenly, tragically torn apart. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Lukas Dhont’s second film is an emotionally transformative and unforgettable portrait of the intersection of friendship and love, identity and independence, and heartbreak and healing. Co-presented by Out Film CT. Images courtesy of A24.

Directed by Lukas Dhont (Girl, 2018). 105 minutes. Rated PG-13. $9; $7 seniors and students with ID; $6 members and Wadsworth Welcome. Museum admission not included.

Jul
11
Tue
Artful Conversations for Members: Frederick Douglass and Harriet Beecher Stowe
Jul 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Artful Conversations for Members: Frederick Douglass and Harriet Beecher Stowe

Elizabeth Burgess, director of collections and research at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, discusses three letters connected to Frederick Douglass and held at the Center as well as his interactions with Stowe beginning in the 1850s. These powerful examples of celebrity abolitionist interplay illuminate central themes in the Wadsworth’s exhibition  I Am Seen… Keep an eye on your inbox for an invitation and link to register.

Image: Harriet Beecher Stowe letter to Frederick Douglass, July 9, 1851. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford, CT

Jul
14
Fri
Film Under the Stars: Summer of Soul (2021)
Jul 14 @ 8:30 pm
Film Under the Stars: Summer of Soul (2021)

Directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson. US. 1 hour 58 minutes. Rated PG-13. 

“Summer of Soul” (…Or, “When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised”) is a breathtaking documentary that captures the magic and cultural significance of the Harlem Cultural Festival in 1969. The Academy Award–winning film (Best Documentary Feature 2021) showcases electrifying performances by some of the biggest names in music history including Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, and Sly and the Family Stone. Come celebrate the power of music to unite people and create positive change by seeing the film outdoors under the stars. Don’t miss your chance to be transported back to the summer of ’69. A must-see documentary for anyone who loves music and history or wants to be inspired by the power of human connection.

$10; $8 seniors and students with ID; $7 members and Wadsworth Welcome. Museum admission not included.

Image: © 2021 20th Century Studios. All rights reserved.

Jul
20
Thu
Film | Frederick Douglass: In Five Speeches (2022)
Jul 20 @ 2:00 pm
Film | Frederick Douglass: In Five Speeches (2022)

Directed by Julia Marchesi. US. 58 minutes. Rated TV-MA.

Frederick Douglas: In Five Speeches explores the life and legacy of the prominent African American abolitionist, orator, and statesman. The film features five of Frederick Douglass’s notable speeches, each one revealing a different aspect of his activism and intellectual prowess. Archival footage, interviews with scholars, and dramatic readings of Douglass’s speeches by actors present a vivid portrait of one of America’s most inspiring and influential figures and sheds light on his enduring relevance to the fight for racial justice today.

Producer Henry Louis Gates Jr., a renowned historian and scholar of African American history, hosts the documentary and provides historical context and commentary on each of the speeches, highlighting their significance, impact on the abolitionist movement, and the struggle for civil rights. Free with museum admission.