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
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.

Mar
15
Fri
Film | “The Disappearance of Shere Hite” (2023)
Mar 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Film | "The Disappearance of Shere Hite" (2023)

This captivating documentary explores the life and legacy of Shere Hite, a forgotten feminist icon, former model, and bisexual activist known for her groundbreaking 1976 study on female sexuality, The Hite Report. The film challenges the erasure of Hite from feminist history and highlights the enduring importance of her research in promoting female sexual autonomy and self-expression.

Directed by Nicole Newnham. US. 1 hour and 56 minutes. Narrated by Dakota Johnson. Rated R.

Mar
16
Sat
Film | “The Disappearance of Shere Hite” (2023)
Mar 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Film | "The Disappearance of Shere Hite" (2023)

This captivating documentary explores the life and legacy of Shere Hite, a forgotten feminist icon, former model, and bisexual activist known for her groundbreaking 1976 study on female sexuality, The Hite Report. The film challenges the erasure of Hite from feminist history and highlights the enduring importance of her research in promoting female sexual autonomy and self-expression.

Directed by Nicole Newnham. US. 1 hour and 56 minutes. Narrated by Dakota Johnson. Rated R.

Film | The Disappearance of Shere Hite (2023)
Mar 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Film | The Disappearance of Shere Hite (2023)

This captivating documentary explores the life and legacy of Shere Hite, a forgotten feminist icon, former model, and bisexual activist known for her groundbreaking 1976 study on female sexuality, The Hite Report. The film challenges the erasure of Hite from feminist history and highlights the enduring importance of her research in promoting female sexual autonomy and self-expression.

Directed by Nicole Newnham. US. 1 hour and 56 minutes. Narrated by Dakota Johnson. Rated R.

Mar
17
Sun
Film | The Disappearance of Shere Hite (2023)
Mar 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Film | The Disappearance of Shere Hite (2023)

This captivating documentary explores the life and legacy of Shere Hite, a forgotten feminist icon, former model, and bisexual activist known for her groundbreaking 1976 study on female sexuality, The Hite Report. The film challenges the erasure of Hite from feminist history and highlights the enduring importance of her research in promoting female sexual autonomy and self-expression.

Directed by Nicole Newnham. US. 1 hour and 56 minutes. Narrated by Dakota Johnson. Rated R.

Mar
22
Fri
Adult Art Class | Drawing at the Austin House with Peter Cusack
Mar 22 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Adult Art Class | Drawing at the Austin House with Peter Cusack

$60; $50 members, Hartford residents, and college students with ID.

Join artist Peter Cusack and draw the façade and grounds of the Wadsworth’s historic Austin House, the extraordinary 1930 home of former museum director Arthur Everett “Chick” Austin Jr. and Helen Goodwin Austin. Philippe Halbert, associate curator of American decorative arts, starts the morning with a tour of the home’s interior.

Open to adults of all levels of artistic ability. Purchase a drawing kit from the museum or bring your own supplies. Light refreshments, drawing paper, and same-day museum admission included. Space is limited; registration required. Please note: Tour and bathroom access require use of stairs; elevator service is not available.

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

Image: Façade of the Austin House. Photo by Eugene R. Gaddis