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

May
13
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families: Woven Together
May 13 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families: Woven Together

Tour the exhibition Alexander Calder: Collaborative Creations with a docent and learn how artists’ combined efforts produce unique textiles. Be sure to lend your finishing touch to our community rug. Design a card using a variety of textures to give to someone you love. Sign up for an Eyes on Art Family Tour at 12:15pm. Admission is free noon–2pm.

Jul
8
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families: Power of Portraiture
Jul 8 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families: Power of Portraiture

Tour the exhibition I Am Seen… and learn about the studio practices of the African American photographers of Frederick Douglass’s era. View a daguerreotype demonstration and observe how these one-of-a-kind images are created. Afterward, design a portrait and frame that captures your unique personality. Don’t forget to join our friends across the street at Center Church for additional family programming, including a performance by Nathan M. Richardson, renowned interpreter of Frederick Douglass. Find the Ice Cream for a Dream truck for free ice cream parked outside the museum while supplies last. Admission is free from noon–2pm.

Presented in collaboration with Center Church. 

Jul
23
Sun
Music in the Galleries: Birth of the Cool Ensemble led by Drake Smith
Jul 23 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Music in the Galleries: Birth of the Cool Ensemble led by Drake Smith

Join trumpet player and composer Haneef Nelson, the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s 2023 Jazz Activation Fellow, for an informal performance with the Birth of the Cool Ensemble led by Drake Smith. While you listen, view Bob Thompson’s monumental painting Garden of Music (1960), which features depictions of Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and other jazz legends that inspired Thompson’s work. Free.

Presented with support from the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the Saunders Foundation Music Endowment at the Wadsworth Atheneum

Image: Bob Thompson, Garden of Music, 1960. Oil on canvas. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1987.4

Aug
12
Sat
Free Second Saturdays for Families: Booming Backdrops
Aug 12 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Free Second Saturdays for Families: Booming Backdrops

Discover how MATRIX artist Lisa Alvarado creates meditative, patterned works that echo non-Western traditions of abstraction. Use sand to design a colorful geometric configuration. Work alongside artist and graphic designer Lindaluz Carrillo to develop a large-scale background that emphasizes community. Enjoy a dance performance from Spectrum in Motion. Find the Ice Cream for a Dream truck, parked outside the museum from noon to 2pm, for free ice cream while supplies last.

Image courtesy of Lindaluz Carrillo.

Oct
14
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families: Latine Heritage Month
Oct 14 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families: Latine Heritage Month

Celebrate Latine heritage and culture with art making, music, and performances. Work alongside teaching artists from Bomba De Aqui in a vejigante mask-making workshop. Watch Mexican folkloric dancer Tere Luna perform in collaboration with Mariachi Mexico Antiguo. Then participate in an interactive dance presentation by Movimiento Cultural Afro-Continental and learn the history of Bomba, an Afro-Puerto Rican style of music and dance. Admission is free noon–2pm.

Please note: The Hartford Marathon runs on October 14. Check hartfordmarathon.com for best access to downtown Hartford, parking bans, and road closures.

Nov
1
Wed
Public Lecture | A Walk Through Dresden: Eighteenth-Century Meissen Porcelain with Vanessa Sigalas
Nov 1 @ 6:00 pm
Public Lecture | A Walk Through Dresden: Eighteenth-Century Meissen Porcelain with Vanessa Sigalas

5pm gallery viewing, 6pm lecture

Meissen, the oldest porcelain manufactory in Europe, has produced hard-paste porcelain in Germany since the early eighteenth century. Vanessa Sigalas, the Wadsworth’s David W. Dangremond Associate Curator for Collections Research and author of the book All Walks of Life: A Journey with The Alan Shimmerman Collection (Arnoldsche Verlagsanstalt, 2023), shares how her recent research sheds light on the creation, production, and distribution of Meissen porcelain. Join us in the galleries before the lecture to view Meissen figures from the Wadsworth’s collection. Free with reservations encouraged.

Presented in partnership with the Design and Decorative Arts Council and the Auerbach Library Associates at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Nov
11
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families: Fall Reflections
Nov 11 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families: Fall Reflections
As autumn ends, take a moment to reflect on what you are thankful for and observe how artwork can connect us to places, ideas, and each other. Sign up for an Eyes on Art Family Tour at 12:15pm.
Film and Panel Discussion | Voices of Veterans: Buffalo Soldiers and Beyond
Nov 11 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Film and Panel Discussion | Voices of Veterans: Buffalo Soldiers and Beyond

2pm reception, 3–5pm film and panel

Join us for the premiere of Voices of Veterans: Buffalo Soldiers and Beyond, a film produced by The Amistad Center for Art & Culture that highlights the legacy of the US Army regiment comprised mainly of Black Americans. The film examines objects from The Amistad’s permanent collection and surveys the contributions of African American military members though guided interviews with veterans. A reception to celebrate veterans living in Hartford precedes the film and a panel discussion with speakers including oral historian Nild Sansone follows. Free.

Image: Still from Voices of Veterans during interview with Deacon Arthur Miller.

Apr
13
Sat
Demonstration | Hair Texture with Carmen Veal Conway
Apr 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Demonstration | Hair Texture with Carmen Veal Conway

Meet us in Styling Identities: Hair’s Tangled Histories for a texture demonstration with Carmen Veal Conway of Brown Skin Women Studio. Conway is a member of the exhibition’s Community Advisory Board. Admission is free during Second Saturdays for Families.