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

Oct
20
Fri
Gallery Talk: Art and Grief with Melinda Bottone and Lindsey Fyfe
Oct 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Gallery Talk: Art and Grief with Melinda Bottone and Lindsey Fyfe

When confronted with the loss of a loved one, art can be a powerful tool to help us acknowledge and work through our grief. Join Melinda Bottone, bereavement coordinator at Masonicare Home Health, Hospice & Palliative Care, and museum educator Lindsey Fyfe as they reflect on artworks in Between Life & Death and the museum’s collection that connect with loss and the grieving process. Free with admission.

Presented in partnership with Masonicare, Connecticut’s largest not-for-profit integrated senior care continuum responsible for the care of more than 4,600 Connecticut patients and residents a day across the state.

Image: William E. Rinehart (American, 1825–18740), Sleeping Children, modeled 1859, carved 1872. Marble. Gift of General Lucius A. Barbour, 1910.9

Oct
21
Sat
Performance | New England Ballet Theatre presents “The Red Shoes”
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm
Performance | New England Ballet Theatre presents "The Red Shoes"

New England Ballet Theatre’s contemporary interpretation of the story inspired by the 1948 film is set in Hartford in 1954 where young dancers yearn to become prima ballerinas amidst a flourishing arts scene. A pair of blood-red ballet shoes promises unparalleled dance prowess, but the Shoemaker’s dark price taints their ambitions. As Karen rises to prominence after acquiring these enchanted shoes, her relationships falter and her longing for stardom isolates and consumes her. In the aftermath, she discovers that success emerges from within, yet the Shoemaker’s sinister influence continues to lurk, tempting new hopefuls to tread his treacherous path. Visit neballettheatre.com for tickets.

Directed and choreographed by Rachael Gnatowski.

Oct
22
Sun
Performance: New England Ballet Theatre presents “The Red Shoes”
Oct 22 @ 2:00 pm
Performance: New England Ballet Theatre presents "The Red Shoes"

New England Ballet Theatre’s contemporary interpretation of the story inspired by the 1948 film is set in Hartford in 1954 where young dancers yearn to become prima ballerinas amidst a flourishing arts scene. A pair of blood-red ballet shoes promises unparalleled dance prowess, but the Shoemaker’s dark price taints their ambitions. As Karen rises to prominence after acquiring these enchanted shoes, her relationships falter and her longing for stardom isolates and consumes her. In the aftermath, she discovers that success emerges from within, yet the Shoemaker’s sinister influence continues to lurk, tempting new hopefuls to tread his treacherous path. Visit neballettheatre.com for tickets.

Directed and choreographed by Rachael Gnatowski.

Oct
26
Thu
Member Morning: Rules & Repetition Preview
Oct 26 @ 11:00 am
Member Morning: Rules & Repetition Preview

11am curator talk with Jared Quinton, noon–5pm gallery viewing

Rules & Repetition: Conceptual Art at the Wadsworth Atheneum highlights an underrecognized legacy within the museum’s contemporary art program. Join curator Jared Quinton for a first look at the exhibition, which features familiar collection works alongside important gifts and acquisitions on view for the first time. Not a member yet? Learn about the perks and JOIN TODAY!

Image: Francis Alys, Time Lapse, 2001. Photographs and texts. Contemporary Art Purchase Fund, 2002.3.1-16 

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. 

Oct
27
Fri
Earth Mama (1991)
Oct 27 @ 2:00 pm
Earth Mama (1991)

Friday, October 27 | 2pm & 7pm 
Saturday, October 28 | 7pm
Beer and wine available for purchase during the 7pm screening.

Through its profound storytelling and meticulous camerawork, this compassionate exploration of Black motherhood captures the essence of a woman’s struggle against an oppressive legal system. Tia Nomore delivers a remarkable performance as Gia, a pregnant mother fighting to regain custody of her children. The nurturing directorial approach transforms the melancholic story into a precious portrait, unearthing unexpected and humanizing details that explore the strength and resilience of Gia’s community as she navigates a world that often feels isolating. Watch trailer.

Directed by Savanah Leaf. UK/US. 1 hour 37 minutes. Rated R.

Presented in conjunction with Love Overflowing.

Earth Mama (1991)
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm
Earth Mama (1991)

Friday, October 27 | 2pm & 7pm 
Saturday, October 28 | 7pm
Beer and wine available for purchase during the 7pm screening.

Through its profound storytelling and meticulous camerawork, this compassionate exploration of Black motherhood captures the essence of a woman’s struggle against an oppressive legal system. Tia Nomore delivers a remarkable performance as Gia, a pregnant mother fighting to regain custody of her children. The nurturing directorial approach transforms the melancholic story into a precious portrait, unearthing unexpected and humanizing details that explore the strength and resilience of Gia’s community as she navigates a world that often feels isolating. Watch trailer.

Directed by Savanah Leaf. UK/US. 1 hour 37 minutes. Rated R.

Presented in conjunction with Love Overflowing.

Oct
28
Sat
Walking Tour for Members: Founders, Patrons, and Art Makers of the Wadsworth Atheneum
Oct 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Walking Tour for Members: Founders, Patrons, and Art Makers of the Wadsworth Atheneum

Old North Cemetery, Hartford

Join former Wadsworth curator William Hosley for a walk through Hartford’s Old North and Spring Grove Cemeteries, veritable museums without walls, filled with statuary, folk art, and local history. This tour leads to the final resting places of Daniel Wadsworth and his wife, Faith, painter Frederic Church, sculptor Edward Bartholomew, and Frank B. Gay, the first director of the Wadsworth (1911–27), during whose tenure the Colt, Morgan, and Avery wings were built. Capacity is limited and registration is required. Keep an eye on your inbox for an email invitation and registration link.

The Wiz (1978)
Oct 28 @ 2:00 pm
The Wiz (1978)

This joyous film reinvents the classic Wizard of Oz with a modern and urban twist that follows the adventures of Dorothy, a young girl from Harlem, as she is whisked away to the magical land. With an all-star cast including Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, and Richard Pryor, The Wiz delights with its infectious musical numbers, dazzling choreography, and colorful sets. It celebrates the power of self-discovery, friendship, and embracing one’s uniqueness while delivering a message of hope and empowerment. Directed by Sidney Lumet. US. 2 hours 13 minutes. Rated G.

Presented in conjunction with The Amistad Center for Art & Culture exhibition Love Overflowing. On Saturday at 1pm, tour the exhibition with curator Frank Mitchell. On Sunday, join a family artmaking activity from noon to 2pm. Special activities included with film or museum admission. One free popcorn per person included with film admission.

Earth Mama (1991)
Oct 28 @ 7:00 pm
Earth Mama (1991)

Friday, October 27 | 2pm & 7pm 
Saturday, October 28 | 7pm
Beer and wine available for purchase during the 7pm screening.

Through its profound storytelling and meticulous camerawork, this compassionate exploration of Black motherhood captures the essence of a woman’s struggle against an oppressive legal system. Tia Nomore delivers a remarkable performance as Gia, a pregnant mother fighting to regain custody of her children. The nurturing directorial approach transforms the melancholic story into a precious portrait, unearthing unexpected and humanizing details that explore the strength and resilience of Gia’s community as she navigates a world that often feels isolating. Watch trailer.

Directed by Savanah Leaf. UK/US. 1 hour 37 minutes. Rated R.

Presented in conjunction with Love Overflowing.