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
23
Fri
Film: Close
Jun 23 @ 7:00 pm
Film: Close

Léo (Eden Dambrine) and Remi (Gustav De Waele) are two thirteen-year-old best friends whose seemingly unbreakable bond is suddenly, tragically torn apart. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Lukas Dhont’s second film is an emotionally transformative and unforgettable portrait of the intersection of friendship and love, identity and independence, and heartbreak and healing. Co-presented by Out Film CT. Image courtesy of A24.

Directed by Lukas Dhont (Girl, 2018). 105 minutes. Rated PG-13. $9; $7 seniors and students with ID; $6 members and Wadsworth Welcome. Museum admission not included.

Jun
24
Sat
Film: Close
Jun 24 @ 2:00 pm
Film: Close

Léo (Eden Dambrine) and Remi (Gustav De Waele) are two thirteen-year-old best friends whose seemingly unbreakable bond is suddenly, tragically torn apart. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Lukas Dhont’s second film is an emotionally transformative and unforgettable portrait of the intersection of friendship and love, identity and independence, and heartbreak and healing. Co-presented by Out Film CT. Images courtesy of A24.

Directed by Lukas Dhont (Girl, 2018). 105 minutes. Rated PG-13. $9; $7 seniors and students with ID; $6 members and Wadsworth Welcome. Museum admission not included.

Jun
25
Sun
Film: Close
Jun 25 @ 2:00 pm
Film: Close

Léo (Eden Dambrine) and Remi (Gustav De Waele) are two thirteen-year-old best friends whose seemingly unbreakable bond is suddenly, tragically torn apart. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Lukas Dhont’s second film is an emotionally transformative and unforgettable portrait of the intersection of friendship and love, identity and independence, and heartbreak and healing. Co-presented by Out Film CT. Images courtesy of A24.

Directed by Lukas Dhont (Girl, 2018). 105 minutes. Rated PG-13. $9; $7 seniors and students with ID; $6 members and Wadsworth Welcome. Museum admission not included.

Jul
14
Fri
Film Under the Stars: Summer of Soul (2021)
Jul 14 @ 8:30 pm
Film Under the Stars: Summer of Soul (2021)

Directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson. US. 1 hour 58 minutes. Rated PG-13. 

“Summer of Soul” (…Or, “When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised”) is a breathtaking documentary that captures the magic and cultural significance of the Harlem Cultural Festival in 1969. The Academy Award–winning film (Best Documentary Feature 2021) showcases electrifying performances by some of the biggest names in music history including Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, and Sly and the Family Stone. Come celebrate the power of music to unite people and create positive change by seeing the film outdoors under the stars. Don’t miss your chance to be transported back to the summer of ’69. A must-see documentary for anyone who loves music and history or wants to be inspired by the power of human connection.

$10; $8 seniors and students with ID; $7 members and Wadsworth Welcome. Museum admission not included.

Image: © 2021 20th Century Studios. All rights reserved.

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
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

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.

Jul
28
Fri
Film: Showing Up (2022)
Jul 28 @ 2:00 pm
Film: Showing Up (2022)

Directed by Kelly Reichardt. Written by Jonathan Raymond and Reichardt. US. 1 hour 48 minutes. Rated R 

Showing Up is a delightful and introspective drama-comedy that offers a refreshing and nuanced take on the creative process. The film centers around the life of a sculptor, played brilliantly by Michelle Williams, as she struggles to find a balance between her passion for art and her personal life. With an ensemble cast that includes Hong Chau, Maryann Plunkett, John Magaro, André Benjamin, James Le Gros, and Judd Hirsch, Showing Up is a poignant and insightful exploration of the universal themes of self-discovery and personal growth.

$10; $8 seniors and students with ID; $7 members and Wadsworth Welcome. Museum admission not included.