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
18
Sun
Tour: Museum Highlights
Jun 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

A docent guided tour of collection highlights. Click here to find your tickets.

Jun
22
Thu
Tour: Museum Highlights
Jun 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

A docent guided tour of collection highlights. Click here to find your tickets.

Jun
23
Fri
Tour: Museum Highlights
Jun 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

A docent guided tour of collection highlights. Click here to find your tickets.

Jun
24
Sat
Tour: Museum Highlights
Jun 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

A docent guided tour of collection highlights. Click here to find your tickets.

Jun
25
Sun
Tour: Museum Highlights
Jun 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

A docent guided tour of collection highlights. Click here to find your tickets.

Jun
29
Thu
Tour: Museum Highlights
Jun 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

A docent guided tour of collection highlights. Click here to find your tickets.

Jun
30
Fri
Tour: Museum Highlights
Jun 30 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

A docent guided tour of collection highlights. Click here to find your tickets.

Jul
23
Sun
Music in the Galleries: Birth of the Cool Ensemble led by Drake Smith
Jul 23 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Music in the Galleries: Birth of the Cool Ensemble led by Drake Smith

Join trumpet player and composer Haneef Nelson, the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s 2023 Jazz Activation Fellow, for an informal performance with the Birth of the Cool Ensemble led by Drake Smith. While you listen, view Bob Thompson’s monumental painting Garden of Music (1960), which features depictions of Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and other jazz legends that inspired Thompson’s work. Free.

Presented with support from the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the Saunders Foundation Music Endowment at the Wadsworth Atheneum

Image: Bob Thompson, Garden of Music, 1960. Oil on canvas. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1987.4

Oct
17
Tue
Day Art Tour: Metropolitan Museum of Art
Oct 17 all-day
Day Art Tour: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Visit the MET with us to see two major exhibitions exploring relationships between famed French painters Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas, and Henri Matisse and André Derain. Each exhibition examines how the artists’ methods defined modern French painting. $110; $100 members; includes transportation, admission, and gratuities. RSVP by September 26, 2023. For details and to download the registration form, visit thewadsworth.org/fwa.

Nov
18
Sat
Performance | (Hartford) Memory Space
Nov 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Performance | (Hartford) Memory Space

Drop in as regional musicians create a sound map of our city throughout the galleries with a special recreation of the 1970 musical composition (Hartford) Memory Space by Alvin Lucier (1931–2021), one of the most influential American composers of the last hundred years, best known for his works that explore the properties of sound and how we perceive them. (Hartford) Memory Space premiered at Hartford Art School, inviting musicians to recreate the sounds they heard while out in the city. In conjunction with the exhibition Rules & Repetition. Free with admission.

Performances by Joan La Barbara, The Daxophone Consort (Daniel Fishkin, Cleek Schrey, and Ron Shalom), Tongue Depressor (Henry Birdsey and Zach Rowden), Trevor Saint, Ronald Kuivila, Emerson Jenisch, and Sam Boston.

Presented in partnership with Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts and Hartford Art School at University of Hartford with support from the Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation Fund at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Image: Contact sheet from the Museum Archives Photograph Collection documenting Alvin Lucier’s performance of Music for Solo Performer (1965) at the Wadsworth Atheneum on April 23, 1996, part of an “Evening Lecture Series” on performance art.