Calendar of Events

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Highlights Tours | Thursdays–Sundays, 12:30 & 2pm
Family Tour: Eyes on Art | Every Second Saturday, 12:15pm

Apr
15
Sat
Gallery Talk: Matt Paweski / MATRIX 191 with Robert Wiesenberger
Apr 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Gallery Talk: Matt Paweski / MATRIX 191 with Robert Wiesenberger

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.

Apr
20
Thu
Remembering a Dance: Yvonne Rainer and Emily Coates in Conversation
Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm
Remembering a Dance: Yvonne Rainer and Emily Coates in Conversation

In 1965, choreographer and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer premiered Parts of Some Sextets at the Wadsworth Atheneum with a cast of ten performers and twelve mattresses. The work marked a pivotal aesthetic shift in the artist’s approach to movement and helped usher in a radical shift in contemporary dance. Nearly six decades after its presentation here and a subsequent presentation at Judson Dance Theater, the work’s impact continues to be felt through a recent revival and continued scholarship. To celebrate the publication of Remembering a Dance: Parts of Some Sextets, 1965/2019 (Performa / Lenz Press / Wadsworth Atheneum, 2023), Rainer returns to the Wadsworth in conversation with dancer, choreographer, and longtime collaborator Emily Coates. The artists reflect on Rainer’s pioneering career, discuss the process of reconstructing Parts of Some Sextets for the Performa 19 Biennial in New York, and consider the landscape of contemporary dance.

Free with required reservation. A book signing follows the conversation.

Presented in partnership with Performa and sponsored by the Auerbach Library Associates at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Additional support is provided by the Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation Fund at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Image: Yvonne Rainer, Parts of Some Sextets, 1965/2019. Performa 19 Biennial. Photo by Paula Court, 2019. Courtesy Performa

Apr
22
Sat
Rug-Hooking Demonstration with Michele Micarelli
Apr 22 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Rug-Hooking Demonstration with Michele Micarelli

Artists in New England have fashioned hooked rugs since the early nineteenth century in a tradition that continues to thrive and develop. Drop in and visit with Michele Micarelli, an internationally recognized rug-hooking artist based in New Haven, Conn., as she demonstrates the process of transforming hand-dyed wool and fabric scraps into elaborate hooked rugs. Free with admission.

Presented in conjunction with Alexander Calder: Collaborative Creations.

Apr
23
Sun
Music in the Galleries: Entwyned Early Music Ensemble
Apr 23 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Music in the Galleries: Entwyned Early Music Ensemble

Entwyned Early Music Ensemble returns to the Wadsworth for an informal program of seventeenth-century music from the Dutch Republic. Enjoy the works on view in Chasing Rembrandt and the nearby Dutch art galleries while listening to the sounds of Rembrandt’s time. Free with admission.

Presented with support from The Saunders Foundation Music Endowment at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

May
12
Fri
Curator Talk: Taxile Doat’s French Porcelain with Linda Roth
May 12 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Curator Talk: Taxile Doat's French Porcelain with Linda Roth

Taxile Maximin Doat (1851–1938) was one of the most important French ceramicists working at the turn of the twentieth century. Doat’s works are celebrated for his experimental glazes and technical achievements with pâte-sur-pâte (paste on paste) ornamentation. Linda Roth, curator of European decorative arts, explores the Wadsworth’s collection of ceramic works by Doat, including two recently acquired porcelain plates. Free with admission.

Taxile Doat, Plate, 1901. Porcelain. The European Decorative Arts Purchase Fund, 2019.16.2

May
26
Fri
Music in the Galleries: Chia-Yu Joy Lu and Flora Gu
May 26 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Music in the Galleries: Chia-Yu Joy Lu and Flora Gu

Drop in for an informal performance by Chia-Yu Joy Lu, director of the Chinese music ensembles at Wesleyan University and Smith College, and Flora Gu, Wesleyan University student musician, featuring the erhu (Chinese two-string fiddle) and guzheng (Chinese 21-string zither). As you listen, view artworks from East Asia in the Wadsworth’s collection, including a porcelain “Vault of Heaven” vase dating to the Qianlong period of the Qing Dynasty. Free with admission.

Presented with support from The Saunders Foundation Music Endowment at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

”Vault of Heaven” vase (tianqiu ping), Qing Dynasty, Qianlong period (1736–95). Porcelain. Bequest of Elisha E. Hilliard, 1951.321

Jun
2
Fri
Curator Talk: Calder and the Education of the Modern Woman of Fashion with Ned Lazaro
Jun 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Curator Talk: Calder and the Education of the Modern Woman of Fashion with Ned Lazaro

Fashion periodicals including Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar often highlighted the work of Alexander Calder (1898–1976) and his modernist contemporaries. The articles, which focused on all media as well as interior decorating that used Calder’s designs, were intended to educate women of fashion about current art and aesthetics for a well-rounded perspective beyond wearing stylish clothes. Collectively, they reveal that aspects of Calder’s work were marketed to broad audiences and fashion-savvy women to inform their artistic choices in home decoration and keep them informed about the art world. Join Ned Lazaro, the Wadsworth Atheneum’s associate curator of costumes and textiles, for a gallery talk about the intersection of Calder and fashion reporting in high fashion publications. Free with admission.

Jun
23
Fri
Conservator Talk: Rosa’s “Landscape with Tobias and the Angel” with Allen Kosanvich
Jun 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Conservator Talk: Rosa's "Landscape with Tobias and the Angel" with Allen Kosanvich

Salvator Rosa (1615–1673), one of the most eccentric painters of the Italian baroque, is celebrated for his unconventional approaches to portraiture, history painting, and landscape. Paintings conservator Allen Kosanovich examines an in-process treatment of Rosa’s Landscape with Tobias and the Angel (c. 1660), discussing how these efforts address over three centuries of aging and previous restoration. Free with admission.

Jul
7
Fri
Curator Talk: New Nation Many Hands
Jul 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Curator Talk: New Nation Many Hands

Free to trade with the rest of the world after the American Revolution, citizens of the young United States found artistic inspiration at home and abroad. Explore the New Nation, Many Hands installation with Philippe Halbert, curator of American decorative arts, as he reveals how household goods, from ceramics and furniture to metalwork and textiles, combined practicality with patriotism in the early years of the United States. Free with admission. Meet in front of the Museum Shop. 

Image: Attributed to Abner Reed (American, 1771–1866), Sign for David Bissell’s Inn and Joseph Phelps’s Inn, 1777 and 1801, Paint on wood. Bequest of Emma Bell King, 1933.381

Jul
8
Sat
Woodworking Demonstration with Stephen Hammer
Jul 8 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Woodworking Demonstration with Stephen Hammer

Traditional methods of making furniture by hand passed through generations despite global industrialization, and many craftsmen use the same tools and techniques developed before the mechanization of workshops. Drop in and learn from Stephen Hammer, an acclaimed woodworker based in Wethersfield, Connecticut, as he transforms raw material into a drawer with dovetail joints fashioned completely by hand.

Presented in conjunction with Thomas Day: Southern Entrepreneur and Free Person of Color.