Calendar of Events

Sep
30
Fri
Curator Talk with Brandy Culp | Fired Up: Glass Today
Sep 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Curator Talk with Brandy Culp | Fired Up: Glass Today

Glass is a medium full of magic and possibility, championed by artists who are innovating through techniques, materials, and personal inspirations. Follow Brandy Culp, curator of Fired Up: Glass Today, as she sheds light on the ways contemporary glass artists are pushing boundaries, forging new paths, and encouraging viewers to take a closer look at the art form. Free with museum admission. Meet in front of the Museum Shop

Oct
21
Fri
Gallery Talk: Whistler’s “Alone with the Tide” with Matthew Hargraves and Erin Monroe
Oct 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Gallery Talk: Whistler’s "Alone with the Tide" with Matthew Hargraves and Erin Monroe

American artist James McNeill Whistler divided his time between Paris and London throughout his career. In the autumn of 1861, he spent three months on the coast of northern France to recover from illness. While there, he painted his first ever seascape, Alone with the Tide, which he later renamed The Coast of Brittany. Listen in as curator Erin Monroe, Krieble Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, and Director Dr. Matthew Hargraves explore the meaning and story behind Whistler’s powerful composition. Free with museum admission. Meet in front of the Museum Shop.   

Dec
17
Sat
Music in the Galleries: Vera Meyer and the Glass Harmonica
Dec 17 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Music in the Galleries: Vera Meyer and the Glass Harmonica

A musical instrument made of glass? Explore the contemporary glass art on view in Fired Up: Glass Today as Vera Meyer performs an informal concert on the glass harmonica, a musical instrument developed by Benjamin Franklin. Free with museum admission. 

Jan
6
Fri
Gallery Talk | Stephanie Syjuco / MATRIX 190: Erin Monroe and Jared Quinton in Conversation
Jan 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Gallery Talk | Stephanie Syjuco / MATRIX 190: Erin Monroe and Jared Quinton in Conversation

In MATRIX 190, Stephanie Syjuco turns to incorporates imagery of nineteenthcentury works from the Wadsworth’s American art collection as a lens to explore how art and museums shape our view of history. Join curators Erin Monroe and Jared Quinton as they discuss the shifting narratives around these grand portraits, idealized landscapes, and dramatic history paintings, including John Vanderlyn’s The Murder of Jane McCrea (1804). Free with museum admission. Meet in front of the Museum Shop. 

Jan
14
Sat
Film | Lino Tagliapietra: The Making of a Maestro (2020, 60 minutes)
Jan 14 @ 2:00 pm
Film | Lino Tagliapietra: The Making of a Maestro (2020, 60 minutes)

Lino Tagliapietra is one of the greatest glassblowers in history. Bridging the divide between Italian and American glassblowing, Tagliapietra‘s career has crossed continents and inspired a new generation of glassblowers. Now in his eighties, he is a mentor, motivator, and visionary who continues to push the boundaries of the medium. Don’t miss Tagliapietra’s work on view in Fired Up: Glass Today. $9; $7 seniors and students with ID; $6 members and Wadsworth Welcome. Museum admission not included. 

Jan
15
Sun
Film | Lino Tagliapietra: The Making of a Maestro (2020, 60 minutes)
Jan 15 @ 2:00 pm
Film | Lino Tagliapietra: The Making of a Maestro (2020, 60 minutes)

Lino Tagliapietra is one of the greatest glassblowers in history. Bridging the divide between Italian and American glassblowing, Tagliapietra‘s career has crossed continents and inspired a new generation of glassblowers. Now in his eighties, he is a mentor, motivator, and visionary who continues to push the boundaries of the medium. Don’t miss Tagliapietra’s work on view in Fired Up: Glass Today. $9; $7 seniors and students with ID; $6 members and Wadsworth Welcome. Museum admission not included. This screening is preceded by a 1pm tour of Fired Up: Glass Today. Docent tour is free with registration.

Jan
21
Sat
Film | Pilchuck: A Dance with Fire (2015, 75 minutes)
Jan 21 @ 2:00 pm
Film | Pilchuck: A Dance with Fire (2015, 75 minutes)

Since 1971, the Pilchuck Glass School has pushed the limits of glass, a medium that can last centuries or shatter in an instant. Through the story of this small but highly influential school in the Pacific Northwest, Pilchuck: A Dance with Fire reveals the remarkable convergence of visionary individuals like Dale Chihuly, regional culture, and good timing to explain how and why Pilchuck and the studio glass movement blossomed. Tour Fired Up: Glass Today before the film. $9; $7 seniors and students with ID; $6 members and Wadsworth Welcome. Museum admission not included. Docent tour is free with advance registration. 

Jan
22
Sun
Film | Pilchuck: A Dance with Fire (2015, 75 minutes)
Jan 22 @ 2:00 pm
Film | Pilchuck: A Dance with Fire (2015, 75 minutes)

Since 1971, the Pilchuck Glass School has pushed the limits of glass, a medium that can last centuries or shatter in an instant. Through the story of this small but highly influential school in the Pacific Northwest, Pilchuck: A Dance with Fire reveals the remarkable convergence of visionary individuals like Dale Chihuly, regional culture, and good timing to explain how and why Pilchuck and the studio glass movement blossomed. Tour Fired Up: Glass Today before the film. $9; $7 seniors and students with ID; $6 members and Wadsworth Welcome. Museum admission not included. Docent tour is free with advance registration. 

Feb
3
Fri
Highlights Tour
Feb 3 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Highlights Tour

A docent guided tour of collection highlights. Availability is limited to 15 participants and advance registration is recommended. A face mask/covering is encouraged. Same-day admission is included in the price of your tour ticket. 

Feb
4
Sat
Curator Talk | The Spell of the Studio: Balthus’ “Portrait of Mrs. Cooley,” 1937
Feb 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Curator Talk | The Spell of the Studio: Balthus’ "Portrait of Mrs. Cooley," 1937

Balthus (1908–2001) is one of the most controversial European painters of the twentieth century. Little known during the 1930s, his status as a leading modern artist advanced with the Wadsworth’s crucial help. Join curator Oliver Tostmann as he explores the fascinating story behind the artist’s career and his reception on both sides of the Atlantic. Free with museum admission. Meet in front of the Museum Shop.