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

Jun
22
Tue
Virtual Program: Bronze, Iron, and Silk in the 1920s
Jun 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Virtual Program: Bronze, Iron, and Silk in the 1920s

Emily Orr, curator of design at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, explores the unexpected relationship that emerged between textiles and metalwork as the American silk industry expanded in the 1920s. In conjunction with the exhibition Paul Manship: Ancient Made Modern. Co-sponsored with the Wadsworth’s Costume & Textile Society.

Oct
7
Thu
Lecture: By Her Hand: Artemisia Gentileschi and Women Artists in Italy, 1500-1800: The Exhibition and Its Making with Oliver Tostmann
Oct 7 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Lecture: By Her Hand: Artemisia Gentileschi and Women Artists in Italy, 1500-1800: The Exhibition and Its Making with Oliver Tostmann

Exhibition viewing: 5pm | In museum
Lecture: 6 pm | In theater

Curator Oliver Tostmann offers insights and reflections on curating the special exhibition and discusses its relevance today. Free and open to the public. Registration is strongly encouraged.

NOTE: There will be a live stream of this program. Use this link to watch virtually: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eJiAS9dkQxi_-pdeaovBTw

 
For all films, programs in the theater, and events serving food and beverages proof of vaccination and matching photo ID are required upon entry. Patrons who are not vaccinated (including those under age 12) must provide a recent negative COVID-19 test. Learn more.
Oct
14
Thu
The Emily Hall Tremaine Lecture in Contemporary Art with Leonardo Drew
Oct 14 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Emily Hall Tremaine Lecture in Contemporary Art with Leonardo Drew

Leonardo Drew’s installations at the Wadsworth speak to his fascination with the life cycle of material decomposition and transformation. Drew discusses his works at the Wadsworth, his practice, and how he invites audiences to engage with his compositions. Free and open to the public. Registration strongly encouraged.

5pm | Meet the Art–galleries and front lawn
6pm | Lecture—in theater

NOTE: There will be a live stream of this program with closed captioning. Use this link to watch virtually: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__6uZWA9BTYmojQ6IjkGwBQ

 

The Emily Hall Tremaine Lecture in Contemporary Art is supported by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation. Additional support is provided by The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation Fund.

For all films, programs in the theater, and events serving food and beverages proof of vaccination and matching photo ID are required upon entry. Patrons who are not vaccinated (including those under age 12) must provide a recent negative COVID-19 test. Learn more.

Image: Portrait of Leonardo Drew by Randy Dodson. Courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Oct
28
Thu
Lecture: Nevertheless, She Persisted: Artemisia’s Adventures
Oct 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Lecture: Nevertheless, She Persisted: Artemisia's Adventures

The women artists in By Her Hand are outstanding for their persistence and their talents. Elizabeth Cropper, Dean Emerita of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, will focus on the persistence and fortitude of Artemisia Gentileschi, suggesting that we still have much to learn from her life and work despite the advances of women, and especially women artists, over the centuries. Free and open to the public. Registration is strongly encouraged.

5pm exhibition viewing, 6pm lecture

NOTE: There will be a live stream of this program. Use this link to watch virtually: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BigVzkw5TvCJAYJ4uQGdug

This lecture is supported by the Trinity College Department of Fine Arts and the James F. and Isabelle S.C. English Fund.

 
For all programs in the theater, and events serving food and beverages proof of vaccination and matching photo ID are required upon entry. Patrons who are not vaccinated (including those under age 12) must provide a recent negative COVID-19 test. Learn more.
Mar
3
Thu
Docent Memorial Lecture | Milton Avery: An Introduction
Mar 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Docent Memorial Lecture | Milton Avery: An Introduction

In-person tickets are SOLD OUT. Click here to register for the live stream via Zoom.

Join Edith Devaney, managing director and curator for David Hockney Inc. and the David Hockney Foundation and the organizing curator of the retrospective exhibition Milton Avery, as she sheds light on the trajectory of Milton Avery’s career and his place in American modern art. Devaney will explore the artist’s sophisticated and profound understanding of color. Free and open to the public. 5–6pm Exhibition viewing, 6pm Lecture

This lecture is generously sponsored by the Docent Council of the Wadsworth Atheneum. 
May
11
Wed
Canceled | Public Lecture: American Art Nouveau Ceramics
May 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Canceled | Public Lecture: American Art Nouveau Ceramics

Due to unforeseen circumstances this lecture has been canceled.

 
Feb
9
Thu
The Pennington Lecture with Dr. Jelani Cobb | The Half-Life of Freedom: Race and Justice in America Today
Feb 9 @ 5:00 pm
The Pennington Lecture with Dr. Jelani Cobb | The Half-Life of Freedom: Race and Justice in America Today

In-person tickets have SOLD OUT. Register for the live stream to attend the lecture via Zoom.

5pm reception, 6pm lecture—In museum & virtual 
Jelani Cobb, PhD, is an expert on how race, politics, history, and popular culture intersect in America. Author of the highly acclaimed book The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress, Cobb also writes about police brutality, voter access, racial discord, and partisan polarization and eloquently explores how the past looms in our contemporary societal landscape and how we can collectively push toward a more equitable America. Jelani Cobb discusses the complex dynamics of race and racism in America, to clarify them and inspire his audience to collective activism with the goal of achieving equity in the form of genuine democracy. He shows us that not only are the levers of justice in our hands, but we can move them in the direction we see fit. 

The Pennington Lecture is presented in honor of the Rev. Dr. James W. C. Pennington and is part of Capital Community College’s Black Heritage Project. The project aims to surface the remarkable history of the first Black church and school for Black children in Hartford through an exhibition on Hartford’s Black community formation (now on view at the college), curriculum in a variety of courses, and programs such as this.  

This lecture is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Capital Community College Foundation and presented as a collaboration between Capital Community College, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. 

Apr
12
Wed
Lecture | Small Wonders: Netherlandish Boxwood Carving of the Early 16th Century with Barbara Drake Boehm
Apr 12 @ 6:00 pm
Lecture | Small Wonders: Netherlandish Boxwood Carving of the Early 16th Century with Barbara Drake Boehm

In the early sixteenth century, artists in the Low Countries carved intricate miniatures from boxwood as symbols of religious devotion for their wealthy Christian patrons. Today, these carvings produce an uncanny effect on museum visitors—they stop people in their tracks and demand to be remembered.

Why do these tiny treasures from half a millennium ago have such an outsized impact today? Barbara Drake Boehm, The Paul and Jill Ruddock Senior Curator of the Met Cloisters, Emerita, explores the world of these small wonders and ponders their mesmerizing effect. Free with required reservation. 

Presented in partnership with the Design and Decorative Arts Council with additional support provided by the Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation Fund at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Image: Attributed to Adam Dircksz and workshop, Miniature coffin, c. 1500–1530. Boxwood, metal (possibly silver), ink or paint. Gift of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and The Evelyn Bonar Storrs Trust Fund

Oct
26
Thu
Wadsworth Atheneum’s First Century: Collections and Patrons with William Hosley
Oct 26 @ 5:45 pm

The final stop on the Hartford’s Hidden Treasures Public Lecture Series & Tour. Like no other museum its size in America, the Wadsworth’s collections and identity were shaped by fascinating donors and patrons whose tastes and interests reflect the needs and priorities of their time and place. 

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.