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

Mar
1
Fri
Film | “Under the Fig Trees” (2021)
Mar 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Film | "Under the Fig Trees" (2021)

This sensual drama set in a picturesque fig orchard in rural Tunisia unfolds over a scorching summer day as young women steal moments of freedom, older folks reminisce, and everyone navigates the watchful eye of their foreman. Moments of everyday life, where flirting, laughter, and camaraderie become acts of resistance, offer a glimpse of the intricate relationships and dreams that flourish under the protective shade of the fig trees.

Directed by Erige Sehiri. Tunisia, France, Switzerland, Germany, Qatar (Arabic with English subtitles). 1 hour 32 minutes. Not rated.

Mar
2
Sat
Film | Under the Fig Trees (2021)
Mar 2 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Film | Under the Fig Trees (2021)

This sensual drama set in a picturesque fig orchard in rural Tunisia unfolds over a scorching summer day as young women steal moments of freedom, older folks reminisce, and everyone navigates the watchful eye of their foreman. Moments of everyday life, where flirting, laughter, and camaraderie become acts of resistance, offer a glimpse of the intricate relationships and dreams that flourish under the protective shade of the fig trees.

Directed by Erige Sehiri. Tunisia, France, Switzerland, Germany, Qatar (Arabic with English subtitles). 1 hour 32 minutes. Not rated.

Film | Under the Fig Trees (2021)
Mar 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Film | Under the Fig Trees (2021)

This sensual drama set in a picturesque fig orchard in rural Tunisia unfolds over a scorching summer day as young women steal moments of freedom, older folks reminisce, and everyone navigates the watchful eye of their foreman. Moments of everyday life, where flirting, laughter, and camaraderie become acts of resistance, offer a glimpse of the intricate relationships and dreams that flourish under the protective shade of the fig trees.

Directed by Erige Sehiri. Tunisia, France, Switzerland, Germany, Qatar (Arabic with English subtitles). 1 hour 32 minutes. Not rated. 

Mar
3
Sun
Avery 90 | Curator Talk | Pablo Picasso with Oliver Tostmann
Mar 3 @ 1:00 pm
Avery 90 | Curator Talk | Pablo Picasso with Oliver Tostmann

The Wadsworth’s Avery Memorial building opened in February 1934 with the first comprehensive retrospective of Pablo Picasso’s work in the United States. Oliver Tostmann, Susan Morse Hilles Curator of European Art, recounts this landmark exhibition 90 years after its installation and examines a selection of works by Picasso in the museum’s collection.

Presented as a part of the Avery 90 series, a yearlong suite of programs celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Avery Memorial building at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Image: “Gallery view of the first-ever solo Picasso exhibition in the United States”, at the Wadsworth in 1934.

Film | Under the Fig Trees (2021)
Mar 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Film | Under the Fig Trees (2021)

This sensual drama set in a picturesque fig orchard in rural Tunisia unfolds over a scorching summer day as young women steal moments of freedom, older folks reminisce, and everyone navigates the watchful eye of their foreman. Moments of everyday life, where flirting, laughter, and camaraderie become acts of resistance, offer a glimpse of the intricate relationships and dreams that flourish under the protective shade of the fig trees.

Directed by Erige Sehiri. Tunisia, France, Switzerland, Germany, Qatar (Arabic with English subtitles). 1 hour 32 minutes. Not rated.

Mar
7
Thu
First Thursdays
Mar 7 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
First Thursdays

Pop-up performances, drop-in drawing, cash bar, nibbles, and more

Need to take a deep breath? Come for the sounds of IN TRINE, a musical collaboration between Kate Callahan, Cynthia Wolcott, and Michelle Begley. Stay for a 7pm performance of Connecticut Made, a triple-bill production of three premier ballets by emerging choreographers Rachael Gnatowski, Stephen Blood, and Janice Rosario and performed by New England Ballet Theater. The innovative new works are fully conceptualized with custom costumes, stage and sound design, and engaging themes. All ages are welcome!

This program series is made possible with generous support provided by Art Bridges Foundation’s Access for All program.

 

Mar
8
Fri
Adult Art Class | Drawing in the Galleries with Stephano Espinoza Galarza
Mar 8 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Adult Art Class | Drawing in the Galleries with Stephano Espinoza Galarza

Explore visual expression through drawing with Connecticut-based artist Stephano Espinoza Galarza. Two sessions in the museum galleries offer a progression of drawing techniques. Open to adults of all levels of artistic ability. Drawing paper and museum admission included. Participants may purchase a drawing kit from the museum or bring their own supplies.

Fridays, March 8 & 22 | Space is limited and registration is required. $70; $60 members, Hartford residents, and college students with ID.

Presented with support from the Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation Fund at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Mar
9
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families | Women’s History Month
Mar 9 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families | Women’s History Month

Celebrate Women’s History Month by getting to know collection works by women artists on a docent-guided tour. Take a moment to view our Spotlight exhibition featuring Dusti Bongé, to learn more about Mississippi’s first modernist painter. Then join artist and educator Julie Bergeron for a mixed-media workshop inspired by artist and teacher Alma Thomas (1891–1978). Listen to storyteller Tammy Denease as she reveals the lives of significant yet “hidden” women in history.

Please note: Due to the Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade, parking bans and road closures will be in effect throughout the day on Saturday, March 9.

Second Saturdays for Families is supported by the Art Bridges Foundation, the Mandell and Braunstein Families, the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, the George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee, the J. Walton Bissell Foundation, Inc., and the Charles Nelson Robinson Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.

Mar
12
Tue
Artful Conversations for Members
Mar 12 @ 12:00 pm

Join Philippe Halbert, Richard Koopman Associate Curator of American Decorative Arts, as he shares new discoveries in the Wetmore Parlor, a paneled room from a house in Middletown, Connecticut. Acquired by the Wadsworth in 1986 and carefully reassembled at the museum, the parlor is considered one of the most elaborate domestic interiors created in New England before 1776. Hear about the people, free and enslaved, who inhabited the parlor, and learn about ongoing scientific analysis and conservation of its exuberant painted decoration. Keep an eye on your inbox for an email invitation and registration link.

Mar
14
Thu
Docent Memorial Lecture “Picasso’s War” with Hugh Eakin
Mar 14 @ 5:00 pm
Docent Memorial Lecture "Picasso’s War" with Hugh Eakin

Hugh Eakin speaks about his recent nonfiction book, Picasso’s War, which describes how a single exhibition, a decade in the making, irrevocably changed American taste, and in doing so saved dozens of the twentieth century’s most enduring artworks from the Nazis. Eakin, a senior editor at Foreign Affairs, has written about museums and the art world for the New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, and the New York Times. Books will be on sale and available for signing after the lecture.

This lecture is generously supported by the Docent Council of the Wadsworth Atheneum. Additional support for this program is provided by the Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation Fund at the Wadsworth Atheneum.