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

Nov
1
Wed
Public Lecture | A Walk Through Dresden: Eighteenth-Century Meissen Porcelain with Vanessa Sigalas
Nov 1 @ 6:00 pm
Public Lecture | A Walk Through Dresden: Eighteenth-Century Meissen Porcelain with Vanessa Sigalas

5pm gallery viewing, 6pm lecture

Meissen, the oldest porcelain manufactory in Europe, has produced hard-paste porcelain in Germany since the early eighteenth century. Vanessa Sigalas, the Wadsworth’s David W. Dangremond Associate Curator for Collections Research and author of the book All Walks of Life: A Journey with The Alan Shimmerman Collection (Arnoldsche Verlagsanstalt, 2023), shares how her recent research sheds light on the creation, production, and distribution of Meissen porcelain. Join us in the galleries before the lecture to view Meissen figures from the Wadsworth’s collection. Free with reservations encouraged.

Presented in partnership with the Design and Decorative Arts Council and the Auerbach Library Associates at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Nov
4
Sat
Curator Talk: Rules & Repetition with Jared Quinton
Nov 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Curator Talk: Rules & Repetition with Jared Quinton

Rules & Repetition surveys the Wadsworth’s collection of conceptual art, featuring works by artists who have taken systematic approaches to artmaking over the past 50 years. Join curator Jared Quinton as he reveals how, despite its often-cool appearance, conceptual art was made with urgent concerns about the contemporary world and the role that art can play within it. Free with admission.

Image: Byron Kim (American, born 1961), Emmett at Twelve Months, 1994. Egg tempera on wood panels. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1994.34.1

Nov
11
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families: Fall Reflections
Nov 11 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families: Fall Reflections
As autumn ends, take a moment to reflect on what you are thankful for and observe how artwork can connect us to places, ideas, and each other. Sign up for an Eyes on Art Family Tour at 12:15pm.
Film and Panel Discussion | Voices of Veterans: Buffalo Soldiers and Beyond
Nov 11 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Film and Panel Discussion | Voices of Veterans: Buffalo Soldiers and Beyond

2pm reception, 3–5pm film and panel

Join us for the premiere of Voices of Veterans: Buffalo Soldiers and Beyond, a film produced by The Amistad Center for Art & Culture that highlights the legacy of the US Army regiment comprised mainly of Black Americans. The film examines objects from The Amistad’s permanent collection and surveys the contributions of African American military members though guided interviews with veterans. A reception to celebrate veterans living in Hartford precedes the film and a panel discussion with speakers including oral historian Nild Sansone follows. Free.

Image: Still from Voices of Veterans during interview with Deacon Arthur Miller.

Nov
17
Fri
Conservator Talk | Ribalta’s “The Ecstasy of Saint Francis: The Vision of the Musical Angel” with Allen Kosanovich
Nov 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Conservator Talk | Ribalta’s "The Ecstasy of Saint Francis: The Vision of the Musical Angel" with Allen Kosanovich

Catalan painter Francisco Ribalta vividly captured religious images at the turn of the seventeenth century, positioning himself as one of the major figures of the early baroque. Paintings conservator Allen Kosanovich reveals the final stages of his conservation treatment of Ribalta’s The Ecstasy of Saint Francis: The Vision of the Musical Angel (c. 1620–25), which prepared the painting for a recent exhibition at the National Gallery in London and reinstallation at the Wadsworth upon its return, 400 years after its creation. Free with admission.

Image: Francisco Ribalta (Spanish, 1565-1628), The Ecstasy of Saint Francis: The Vision of the Musical Angel, c. 1620-25 (before treatment). Oil on canvas. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1957.254

Nov
18
Sat
Performance | (Hartford) Memory Space
Nov 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Performance | (Hartford) Memory Space

Drop in as regional musicians create a sound map of our city throughout the galleries with a special recreation of the 1970 musical composition (Hartford) Memory Space by Alvin Lucier (1931–2021), one of the most influential American composers of the last hundred years, best known for his works that explore the properties of sound and how we perceive them. (Hartford) Memory Space premiered at Hartford Art School, inviting musicians to recreate the sounds they heard while out in the city. In conjunction with the exhibition Rules & Repetition. Free with admission.

Performances by Joan La Barbara, The Daxophone Consort (Daniel Fishkin, Cleek Schrey, and Ron Shalom), Tongue Depressor (Henry Birdsey and Zach Rowden), Trevor Saint, Ronald Kuivila, Emerson Jenisch, and Sam Boston.

Presented in partnership with Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts and Hartford Art School at University of Hartford with support from the Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation Fund at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Image: Contact sheet from the Museum Archives Photograph Collection documenting Alvin Lucier’s performance of Music for Solo Performer (1965) at the Wadsworth Atheneum on April 23, 1996, part of an “Evening Lecture Series” on performance art.

Nov
19
Sun
Curator Talk | Psyche Tapestries with Ned Lazaro
Nov 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Curator Talk | Psyche Tapestries with Ned Lazaro

Psyche, the ancient goddess of the soul, inspired an important collection of seventeenth-century French tapestries at the Wadsworth. Associate Curator of Costume & Textiles Ned Lazaro unravels the story behind the Psyche tapestries and the weavers who used wool, silk, and gold thread to tell the tale of her marriage to Cupid, son of Venus. Free with admission.

This program was rescheduled from November 12.

Image: Unidentified workshop (French, Paris), Psyche at the Temple of Ceres, c. 1660. Wool, silk, gold thread. Gift of Mrs. N. Clarkson Earl

Apr
5
Fri
Film | Occupied City (2023)
Apr 5 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Film | Occupied City (2023)

Based on Bianca Stigter’s book Atlas of an Occupied City, Amsterdam 1940–1945, the film follows daily life under Nazi occupation and reveals the contrast between past atrocities and the bustling modern city. As stories of ordinary lives conclude in suicide or murder, Occupied City explores the realities faced by Amsterdam’s 140,000 Jews, highlighting the irony of the country’s wartime distinction for both resistance and persecution. Despite its length, this compelling cinematic experience maintains viewer interest and offers a timeless exploration of the impact of war. Free with museum admission.

Directed by Steve McQueen. UK, Netherlands, US. 4 hours 6 minutes with intermission. Rated PG-13.

Apr
7
Sun
Film | Occupied City (2023)
Apr 7 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Film | Occupied City (2023)

Based on Bianca Stigter’s book Atlas of an Occupied City, Amsterdam 1940–1945, the film follows daily life under Nazi occupation and reveals the contrast between past atrocities and the bustling modern city. As stories of ordinary lives conclude in suicide or murder, Occupied City explores the realities faced by Amsterdam’s 140,000 Jews, highlighting the irony of the country’s wartime distinction for both resistance and persecution. Despite its length, this compelling cinematic experience maintains viewer interest and offers a timeless exploration of the impact of war. Free with museum admission.

Directed by Steve McQueen. UK, Netherlands, US. 4 hours 6 minutes with intermission. Rated PG-13.

Apr
13
Sat
Demonstration | Hair Texture with Carmen Veal Conway
Apr 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Demonstration | Hair Texture with Carmen Veal Conway

Meet us in Styling Identities: Hair’s Tangled Histories for a texture demonstration with Carmen Veal Conway of Brown Skin Women Studio. Conway is a member of the exhibition’s Community Advisory Board. Admission is free during Second Saturdays for Families.