Calendar of Events

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

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

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

Sep
12
Tue
Virtual Artful Conversations for Members | Thomas Day: Southern Entrepreneur and Free Person of Color
Sep 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Virtual Artful Conversations for Members | Thomas Day: Southern Entrepreneur and Free Person of Color

Get an inside look at the Wadsworth’s newest Spotlight exhibition featuring an 1855 bureau on loan from the Columbia (SC) Museum of Art. Join Glenna Barlow, curator of education, for an introduction to Thomas Day, a master craftsman and free person of color in the pre-Civil War South. Hear how this exceptional bureau expands our understanding of cabinetry and culture in North Carolina. This Spotlight is the second in a series of exhibitions funded by the Art Bridges Cohort Program that expands the narrative of American art and material culture through multi-institutional exhibitions on display at the Wadsworth through 2025. 

Image: Sign outside Thomas Day’s studio. Photo by Jim Lamb

Oct
10
Tue
Artful Conversations for Members with Jennifer Tonkovich and Linda Roth
Oct 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Artful Conversations for Members with Jennifer Tonkovich and Linda Roth

Special guest Jennifer Tonkovich, curator of drawings and prints at the Morgan Library & Museum, joins Linda Roth, Wadsworth curator of European decorative arts, in a conversation about the new book Morgan the Collector (2023).

The publication offers a series of essays illustrating a multifaceted portrait of J. Pierpont Morgan as a collector and pays tribute to Roth, who has dedicated much of her career to researching Morgan and the over 1,500 works from his collection now in the Wadsworth’s collection. Keep an eye on your inbox for an email invitation and registration link.

Oct
26
Thu
Wadsworth Atheneum’s First Century: Collections and Patrons with William Hosley
Oct 26 @ 5:45 pm

The final stop on the Hartford’s Hidden Treasures Public Lecture Series & Tour. Like no other museum its size in America, the Wadsworth’s collections and identity were shaped by fascinating donors and patrons whose tastes and interests reflect the needs and priorities of their time and place. 

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
14
Tue
Canceled | Artful Conversation for Members
Nov 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Canceled | Artful Conversation for Members

This Artful Conversation has been canceled.

Join Wadsworth Director Matthew Hargraves and Vanessa Sigalas, Associate Curator for Collections Research, for a virtual walk through Between Life & Death: Art and the Afterlife. Hear their lively insights (pun intended) into the exhibition and the objects from the collection that offer a glimpse into cultural responses to the mysterious passage from life to death. This virtual event will be streamed live from the exhibition concluding with a Q&A. Keep an eye on your inbox for an email invitation and registration link. Not a member yet? Learn about the perks and join today!