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
Free to trade with the rest of the world after the American Revolution, citizens of the young United States found artistic inspiration at home and abroad. Explore the New Nation, Many Hands installation with Philippe Halbert, curator of American decorative arts, as he reveals how household goods, from ceramics and furniture to metalwork and textiles, combined practicality with patriotism in the early years of the United States. Free with admission. Meet in front of the Museum Shop.
Image: Attributed to Abner Reed (American, 1771–1866), Sign for David Bissell’s Inn and Joseph Phelps’s Inn, 1777 and 1801, Paint on wood. Bequest of Emma Bell King, 1933.381
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606–1669) is a towering figure in the history of art, and the Wadsworth’s bold quest to obtain one of his paintings inspired the Chasing Rembrandt exhibition. Oliver Tostmann, Susan Morse Hilles Curator of European Art, examines the works on view, discusses their changing history of attribution, and explores Rembrandt’s role as a historical artist and a modern media phenomenon. Free with admission. Meet in front of the Museum Shop.
For centuries, people have signaled their off-hours through their choice of what was often more casual and unstructured clothing. But despite casting off obligations and responsibilities, our fashion has remained as central to us during leisure hours as during our professional or formal moments. Join Associate Curator of Textiles Ned Lazaro for a tour on the final weekend of this Costume & Textiles installation of historic clothing dating from 1750 through 1950. See how past generations dressed—and looked—when they relaxed. Free with required reservation. Keep an eye on your inbox for an invitation and link to register.
Image: Ned Lazaro dressing a mannequin in preparation for Relax! Leisure and Style
Lisa Alvarado’s free-hanging works challenge traditional boundaries between painting and textile, sound and material, and art and life. In her MATRIX exhibition, six new abstract paintings hang within a site-specific installation of floor sculptures and multichannel sound, encouraging visitors to consider what it feels like to see, or what it looks like to hear. Curator Jared Quinton leads a tour and discussion of Alvarado’s genre-defying practice and the eclectic inspirations behind it. Free with museum admission.
Lisa Alvarado, Spinning Echo, 2023. Acrylic paint, canvas, fabric, wood. Photo by Tom van Eynde. Courtesy of the artist, Bridget Donahue, New York, and The Modern Institute / Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow
Join composer, sound artist, and museum educator Adam Lenz for an inside look at artworks in the Wadsworth’s collection that engage with music, sound, and auditory histories. The talk ends in Lisa Alvarado / MATRIX 192 where you explore a sound installation within the context of the exhibition. Free with museum admission. Meet in front of the Museum Shop.
Angèle Watson, Edward Matthews as Saint Ignatius (‘Four Saints in Three Acts’), 1934. Oil on canvas. Gift of the family of Angèle Watson, 2005.26.1
When confronted with the loss of a loved one, art can be a powerful tool to help us acknowledge and work through our grief. Join Melinda Bottone, bereavement coordinator at Masonicare Home Health, Hospice & Palliative Care, and museum educator Lindsey Fyfe as they reflect on artworks in Between Life & Death and the museum’s collection that connect with loss and the grieving process. Free with admission.
Presented in partnership with Masonicare, Connecticut’s largest not-for-profit integrated senior care continuum responsible for the care of more than 4,600 Connecticut patients and residents a day across the state.
Image: William E. Rinehart (American, 1825–18740), Sleeping Children, modeled 1859, carved 1872. Marble. Gift of General Lucius A. Barbour, 1910.9
Between Life & Death: Art and the Afterlife offers a glimpse into this mysterious passage through American, European, and Mexican works of art from the collection. Join Wadsworth director Matthew Hargraves, curator Vanessa Sigalas, and artist Carlos Hernández Chávez as they explore the exhibition and reflect on an ofrenda, a traditional Mexican memorial alter, created by Chávez to celebrate Día de Muertos, the Day of the Dead. Free with admission.
Image: Diego Rivera (Mexican, 1886–1957), Young Girl With a Mask, 1939. Oil on canvas. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund. © 2023 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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
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
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