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
18
Wed
Member Curator Talk: Mattatuck Museum
Oct 18 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Member Curator Talk: Mattatuck Museum

Join us at the Mattatuck Museum for an exclusive tour and conversation about the exhibition Uprooted: Afghanistan to Connecticut led by curatorial fellow Hamid Hemat, and exhibiting artists Alibaba Awrang and Matin Malikzada. Through their artwork, Awrang and Malikzada share the experience of being displaced by the Taliban’s rise to power in 2021 and the physical and emotional process of creating a new home in Connecticut. The talk explores the history and contemporary practice of two important Afghan art forms, Nastaliq calligraphy and pottery. Keep an eye on your inbox for an email invitation and registration link. Registration is required; space is limited.

Above: Alibaba Awrang (b. 1972), Eternal Beauty, 2022. Ink and gold leaf on paper. Collection of Robert and Martha Bernstein

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 

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.

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
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
14
Tue
Canceled | Artful Conversation for Members
Nov 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Canceled | Artful Conversation for Members

This Artful Conversation has been canceled.

Join Wadsworth Director Matthew Hargraves and Vanessa Sigalas, Associate Curator for Collections Research, for a virtual walk through Between Life & Death: Art and the Afterlife. Hear their lively insights (pun intended) into the exhibition and the objects from the collection that offer a glimpse into cultural responses to the mysterious passage from life to death. This virtual event will be streamed live from the exhibition concluding with a Q&A. Keep an eye on your inbox for an email invitation and registration link. Not a member yet? Learn about the perks and join today!

Nov
30
Thu
Member Morning
Nov 30 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Member Morning

Experience the Festival of Trees & Traditions first, before crowds fill the galleries. Not a member yet? Learn about the perks and join today!

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
24
Sun
Member Morning | Styling Identities: Hair’s Tangled Histories
Mar 24 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Member Morning | Styling Identities: Hair’s Tangled Histories

Style your hair and join us to celebrate the opening of Styling Identities: Hair’s Tangled Histories at this special member’s brunch. Meet the team of curators who made this exhibition a truly unique experience. Styling Identities explores what hair means to us—to our individual staff, to our museum, and to our Hartford communities. It draws chiefly on the museum’s collection and that of our partner organization The Amistad Center for Art & Culture. Featured works are global in scope and range in time from the ancient to the modern worlds–everything from ancient hair pins to contemporary art made for this exhibition.