Calendar of Events

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Family Tour: Eyes on Art | Every Second Saturday, 12:15pm

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

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.

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

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
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
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
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
Curator Talk: Chasing Rembrandt with Oliver Tostmann
Jul 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Curator Talk: Chasing Rembrandt with Oliver Tostmann

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606–1669) is a towering figure in the history of art, and the Wadsworth’s bold quest to obtain one of his paintings inspired the Chasing Rembrandt exhibition. Oliver Tostmann, Susan Morse Hilles Curator of European Art, examines the works on view, discusses their changing history of attribution, and explores Rembrandt’s role as a historical artist and a modern media phenomenon. Free with admission. Meet in front of the Museum Shop.

Jul
21
Fri
Member Curator Talk: Relax! Leisure and Style
Jul 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Member Curator Talk: Relax! Leisure and Style

For centuries, people have signaled their off-hours through their choice of what was often more casual and unstructured clothing. But despite casting off obligations and responsibilities, our fashion has remained as central to us during leisure hours as during our professional or formal moments. Join Associate Curator of Textiles Ned Lazaro for a tour on the final weekend of this Costume & Textiles installation of historic clothing dating from 1750 through 1950. See how past generations dressed—and looked—when they relaxed. Free with required reservation. Keep an eye on your inbox for an invitation and link to register.

Image: Ned Lazaro dressing a mannequin in preparation for Relax! Leisure and Style