Calendar of Events

May
13
Thu
Virtual Panel Discussion: Todd Gray: Euclidian Gris Gris
May 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Virtual Panel Discussion: Todd Gray: Euclidian Gris Gris

Zeynep Çelik Alexander, professor of art history at Columbia University and Neelika Jayawardane, professor of English at State University of New York-Oswego present research on the transatlantic slave trade, imperial gardens, classification systems, and colonial photography. Following the presentation, artist Todd Gray leads a discussion about how he examines these themes in his work, on view in MATRIX 186. Co-sponsored with The Amistad Center for Art & Culture.

 

Image: Todd Gray, Fair Game (Keep Your Head to the Sky), 2020. Four archival pigment prints with UV laminate in artist’s frames. Courtesy the collection of Christopher Scott and Cody Fitzsimmons.

 

 

Jul
2
Fri
POSTPONED: Summer Lawn Party: Featuring Cafeteria Radio
Jul 2 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
POSTPONED: Summer Lawn Party: Featuring Cafeteria Radio

This event is postponed due to rain and will take place Friday, July 9.

Kick off Hartford Bonanza weekend at the Wadsworth. In collaboration with Breakfast Lunch & Dinner, the front lawn is activated by DJs provided by Cafeteria. Hairstylist and salon owner Carmen Veal Conway leads a discussion and demo of textured hair styling at 5:30pm. Tours at 6pm and 7pm offer the opportunity to learn more about Leonardo Drew’s work. A basketball hoop on Atheneum Square North brings the party around the building. Free ice cream provided by the Ice Cream for a Dream truck while supplies last. In the case of inclement weather the Lawn Party will take place on Friday, July 9; 5-8pm.

Free. Cash bar and food trucks on site for refreshments and snacks. 

In conjunction with Leonardo Drew: Two Projects.

Jul
30
Fri
Live Music and Summer Film Series: King Kong Preceded by the Matt DeChamplain Trio, performing 1920s–30s Jazz
Jul 30 @ 7:00 pm
Live Music and Summer Film Series: King Kong Preceded by the Matt DeChamplain Trio, performing 1920s–30s Jazz

Curated by artist Leonardo Drew, King Kong kicks off this summer film series. A film crew and cast making a movie on a tropical island discover a gigantic ape who takes a liking to the female star. The ape is captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition. Free. Cash bar and snacks for purchase. Chairs provided. Events move indoors in the case of inclement weather. Please note that chairs and food brought in from outside are not permitted.  

7–8:15pm: Live music; 8:15pm: Film screening

1933. USA. 100 min. Not Rated. Starring Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong. Directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack.

Aug
6
Fri
Summer Lawn Party: Jam Out
Aug 6 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Summer Lawn Party: Jam Out

Recording artist Tang Sauce’s United Outkast presents a Hip Hop experience with live DJ, dancers, and rap performances. New Haven’s experimental soul ensemble Phat A$tronaut takes the stage to perform meticulously crafted arrangements. The Lost Tribe, a drum-centered Afro-funk fusion ensemble, led by multi-percussionist Jocelyn Pleasant closes out the lawn party jam session from 7–8pm.

Free. Cash bar and food trucks on site for refreshments and snacks.

In conjunction with Leonardo Drew: Two Projects.

Live Music and Summer Film Series | A Raisin in the Sun Preceded by the Summer Lawn Party: Jam Out
Aug 6 @ 8:15 pm
Live Music and Summer Film Series | A Raisin in the Sun Preceded by the Summer Lawn Party: Jam Out

This summer film series is curated by artist Leonardo Drew. A Raisin in the Sun tells the story of a working-class Black family living in Chicago who learns they will be receiving a substantial insurance check. Each member of the family begins to dream about what to do with the money. Free. Cash bar and snacks for purchase. Chairs provided. Events move indoors in the case of inclement weather. Please note that chairs and food brought in from outside are not permitted.  

5-8pm: Summer Lawn Party: Jam Out; 8:15pm: Film screening

1961. USA. 132 min. Not Rated. Starring Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee. Directed by Daniel Petrie.

This screening is supported by My People Community Services & BSL Educational Foundation Inc.
Aug
13
Fri
Live Music and Summer Film Series | Gloria Preceded by Music Performed by Nekita Waller
Aug 13 @ 7:00 pm
Live Music and Summer Film Series | Gloria Preceded by Music Performed by Nekita Waller

This film series is curated by artist Leonardo Drew. Gloria tells the story of a young boy who’s family is killed by the Mob. A neighbor becomes his reluctant guardian, and the two go on the run with a notebook that the mobsters are desperate to retrieve. Free. Cash bar and snacks for purchase. Chairs provided. Events move indoors in the case of inclement weather. Please note that chairs and food brought in from outside are not permitted.  

7–8:15pm: Live music; 8:15pm: Film screening

1980. USA. 122 min. Rated PG. Starring Gena Rowlands, John Adames. Directed by John Cassavetes.

Aug
20
Fri
Live Music and Summer Film Series | Beasts of the Southern Wild Preceded by Blues by Acute Inflections
Aug 20 @ 7:00 pm
Live Music and Summer Film Series | Beasts of the Southern Wild Preceded by Blues by Acute Inflections

This film series is curated by artist Leonardo Drew. The exceptionally lensed fantastical drama Beasts of the Southern Wild tells the story of a six-year-old girl who must learn the ways of courage and love while facing both her father’s fading health and melting ice caps that flood her bayou community. Free. Cash bar and snacks for purchase. Chairs provided. Events move indoors in the case of inclement weather. Please note that chairs and food brought in from outside are not permitted.  

7–8:15pm: Live music; 8:15pm: Film screening

2012. USA. 93 min. Rated PG-13. Starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry. Directed by Benh Zeitlin (Wesleyan University graduate).

Supported by My People Community Services & BSL Educational Foundation Inc.
Jun
2
Thu
Artist Talk | Naama Tsabar / MATRIX 189
Jun 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Artist Talk | Naama Tsabar / MATRIX 189

5-6pm Gallery Viewing
6pm Artist Talk – In museum

Sculpture, installation, and performance intersect with sound in the works of artist Naama Tsabar. Listen in as Tsabar explores her approach to creating interactive sound sculptures and learn about her process for building site-specific performances with local communities of women and gender non-conforming performers. Free with required registration.

Sep
10
Sat
CANCELED | Performance: Melodies of Certain Damage (Opus 6)
Sep 10 @ 2:00 pm

Melodies of Certain Damage (Opus 6) performances are canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.  Ticket purchases will be refunded automatically. Ticket-holders may present their original email confirmation for complementary same-day admission.

Tsabar’s Melodies of Certain Damage (Opus 6) performances are realized in a landscape of smashed guitars. The shattered remains evoke the destructive actions popularized in male-dominated rock and roll, but here they become instruments of communal performance that offer a feminist narrative. Join Tsabar and an ensemble of women and gender non-conforming performers from across the region as they activate Tsabar’s installation through site-specific performance. Free with admission. Masks are required for visitors attending this performance. Musicians not required to wear a mask. Tickets are limited, reservations required.

Sep
11
Sun
CANCELED | Performance: Melodies of Certain Damage (Opus 6)
Sep 11 @ 2:00 pm

Melodies of Certain Damage (Opus 6) performances are canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.  Ticket purchases will be refunded automatically. Ticket-holders may present their original email confirmation for complementary same-day admission.

Tsabar’s Melodies of Certain Damage (Opus 6) performances are realized in a landscape of smashed guitars. The shattered remains evoke the destructive actions popularized in male-dominated rock and roll, but here they become instruments of communal performance that offer a feminist narrative. Join Tsabar and an ensemble of women and gender non-conforming performers from across the region as they activate Tsabar’s installation through site-specific performance. Free with admission. Masks are required for visitors attending this performance. Musicians not required to wear a mask. Tickets are limited, reservations required. Registration link will be available soon.