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

Sep
21
Thu
Member Mornings | A last look at “I Am Seen… Therefore, I Am: Isaac Julien and Frederick Douglass”
Sep 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sep
22
Fri
Member Mornings | A last look at “I Am Seen… Therefore, I Am: Isaac Julien and Frederick Douglass”
Sep 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Behind then Scenes for Members | Architectural History of the Wadsworth, Inside and Out with Cecil Adams
Sep 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Behind then Scenes for Members | Architectural History of the Wadsworth, Inside and Out with Cecil Adams

Join Cecil Adams, director of facilities and capital projects and longest-serving employee of the Wadsworth on an architectural walk in and around the museum. Adams explains how the current configuration of buildings came to be and reveals anecdotes about the history of the oldest public art museum in America. Capacity is limited. Keep an eye on your inbox for an email invitation and registration link.

Image of the Avery Court skylight from the archives

Sep
23
Sat
Member Mornings | A last look at “I Am Seen… Therefore, I Am: Isaac Julien and Frederick Douglass”
Sep 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Public Lecture: The Life and Times of Anna Murray Douglass with Daina Ramey Berry
Sep 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Public Lecture: The Life and Times of Anna Murray Douglass with Daina Ramey Berry

Anna Murray Douglass, wife of the legendary abolitionist Frederick Douglass, was the backbone of their family and the catalyst for his freedom. Much of what we know about her is through Frederick’s biographies and passing references in other works. Daina Ramey Berry, PhD, covers the life and times of Anna, highlighting her role as a nineteenth-century abolitionist in her own right. Free with
registration. Museum admission not included.

Presented in collaboration with The Amistad Center for Art & Culture and with additional support provided by the Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation Fund at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Sep
24
Sun
Member Mornings | A last look at “I Am Seen… Therefore, I Am: Isaac Julien and Frederick Douglass”
Sep 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sep
29
Fri
Curator Talk | Thomas Day: Southern Entrepreneur and Free Person of Color with Erin Monroe
Sep 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Curator Talk | Thomas Day: Southern Entrepreneur and Free Person of Color with Erin Monroe

Meet Erin Monroe, Krieble Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture for a gallery talk in Thomas Day: Southern Entrepreneur and Free Person of Color. Hear the story of entrepreneur, master craftsman, and free person of color Thomas Day, who built the most successful cabinetmaking workshop in North Carolina during the 1850s. His complex story explores privilege in the face of adversity as well as the rich history of North Carolina’s furniture tradition. Free with museum admission. Meet in front of the Museum Shop.

Oct
5
Thu
Artist Talk: Talia Chetrit / MATRIX 193 with Talia Chetrit and Nuar Alsadir
Oct 5 @ 6:00 pm
Artist Talk: Talia Chetrit / MATRIX 193 with Talia Chetrit and Nuar Alsadir

5pm gallery viewing, 6pm artist talk

Artist Talia Chetrit explores the relationship between photographer and subject, investigating themes of agency, authorship, intimacy, and the passage of time. In her MATRIX exhibition, she mixes recent works with archival images that have been reactivated through editing and cropping. The artist is joined by poet, author, and psychoanalyst Nuar Alsadir, whose recent book Animal Joy (Graywolf Press, 2022) examines laughter and our complex relationships with the world around us. Meet in the galleries before the program for a first look at the exhibition. Free with reservation encouraged.

Oct
6
Fri
Manhattan Short Film Festival
Oct 6 @ 2:00 pm
Manhattan Short Film Festival

October 6 | 2pm  7pm
October 7 | 2pm  7pm

With simultaneous screenings in more than 400 cities across six continents, this prestigious annual event showcases a curated selection of exceptional works spanning genres. Manhattan Short’s commitment to diversity and artistic expression captivates audiences, inspires filmmakers, and fosters global collaboration. The festival encourages audience participation through voting—you be the judge! Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes. Not rated.

Manhattan Short Film Festival
Oct 6 @ 7:00 pm
Manhattan Short Film Festival

October 6 | 2pm  7pm
October 7 | 2pm  7pm

With simultaneous screenings in more than 400 cities across six continents, this prestigious annual event showcases a curated selection of exceptional works spanning genres. Manhattan Short’s commitment to diversity and artistic expression captivates audiences, inspires filmmakers, and fosters global collaboration. The festival encourages audience participation through voting—you be the judge! Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes. Not rated.