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
3
Sat
Concert: Natural Information Society
Jun 3 @ 3:00 pm
Concert: Natural Information Society

Natural Information Society’s hypnotic sound celebrates rhythm and collective listening through its approach to structured improvisation. Hailed by The New York Times as “patient, layered music that’s always heading somewhere, sometimes spare and sometimes complex and shimmering,” Natural Information Society fuses elements of minimalism and jazz with sounds from across the globe. Led by Joshua Abrams—composer, multi-instrumentalist, and founding member of The Roots—the ensemble incorporates free-hanging paintings by artist and band member Lisa Alvarado (MATRIX 192) into its performances, setting the stage for a multisensory journey through the ensemble’s colorful world. $15; $10 members, Wadsworth Welcome, and students with ID. Museum admission not included.

Joshua Abrams – guimbri, Lisa Alvarado – harmonium, Mikel Avery – drums & cymbals, Jason Stein – bass clarinet 

Presented in conjunction with the Lisa Alvarado / MATRIX 192 exhibition and generously supported by the Wadsworth’s Contemporary Coalition. Additional support for the performance is provided by the Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation Fund at the Wadsworth Atheneum.  

Image: Photo by Mikel Patrick Avery, Courtesy of Natural Information Society and Front Porch Productions 

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.

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
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.

Jul
21
Fri
Film | Frederick Douglass: In Five Speeches (2022)
Jul 21 @ 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.

Jul
22
Sat
Film | Frederick Douglass: In Five Speeches (2022)
Jul 22 @ 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.

Jul
23
Sun
Film | Frederick Douglass: In Five Speeches (2022)
Jul 23 @ 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.

Aug
4
Fri
Curator Talk: Lisa Alvarado / MATRIX 192 / Spinning Echo
Aug 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Curator Talk: Lisa Alvarado / MATRIX 192 / Spinning Echo

Lisa Alvarado’s free-hanging works challenge traditional boundaries between painting and textile, sound and material, and art and life. In her MATRIX exhibition, six new abstract paintings hang within a site-specific installation of floor sculptures and multichannel sound, encouraging visitors to consider what it feels like to see, or what it looks like to hear. Curator Jared Quinton leads a tour and discussion of Alvarado’s genre-defying practice and the eclectic inspirations behind it. Free with museum admission. 

Lisa Alvarado, Spinning Echo, 2023. Acrylic paint, canvas, fabric, wood. Photo by Tom van Eynde. Courtesy of the artist, Bridget Donahue, New York, and The Modern Institute / Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow