Calendar of Events

Dec
11
Sat
Festival of Trees & Traditions
Dec 11 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Festival of Trees & Traditions

Join us in celebrating the holidays by enjoying trees and wreaths decorated by community members, artists, and organizations. All items are for sale and help support the museum’s special exhibitions, educational programs, and operating expenses. Click here for the schedule of entertainment.

Museum admission is free all day for December Second Saturday. Skip the line, reserve your tickets online.

Second Saturdays for Families: Season’s Greetings
Dec 11 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families: Season's Greetings

Welcome the changing of the seasons with a day of winter fun. Enjoy a special performance by the New England Ballet Theatre of Connecticut and then create your own wintery artworks to take home or give as a gift to a friend. Museum admission is free on Second Saturdays.

SCHEDULE

Art-Making 12-2 pm

Wilderness Masks: Use a variety of materials to create a mask inspired by your favorite woodland animal.

DIY Giftbags: Layer repeat patterns and shapes to create one of a kind gift bag.

Winter Nightscape: Become inspired by the landscapes in the museum’s collection and sketch your own winter nightscape to take home.

2-D Snow Globe: Join staff from Hartford Public Schools and design a unique winter scene. 

Community Connections

Stop by to learn about traditional Japanese winter customs and traditions with the Japan Society of Greater Hartford. Created in collaboration with the Japan Society of Greater Hartford.

Visit the Mandell Jewish Community Center table to hear staff discuss the rich history and traditions of Hanukkah. 

Performances

12:30-1pm | Enjoy a special presentation of the Fantastic Toy Shop performed by our friends at the New England Ballet Theatre of Connecticut. Presented in collaboration with the New England Ballet Theatre.

1-2pm | Learn about the principles of Kwanzaa and participate in an interactive  drum and dance performance by FriendZWorld Music. Presented in collaboration with FriendZWorld Music. 

 

Second Saturdays for Families is supported by the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, the Newman’s Own Foundation, and the Charles Nelson Robinson Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide. 
Dec
23
Thu
Virtual Highlights Tour
Dec 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Virtual Highlights Tour

Join a docent for a virtual Highlights Tour of the permanent collection. Free. Registration required.

Jan
8
Sat
Postponed | Second Saturdays for Families: Emphasize It
Jan 8 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Postponed | Second Saturdays for Families: Emphasize It

In an effort to maintain a safe environment for staff and visitors amidst changing COVID-19 circumstances this program will be rescheduled.

Learn how artists use the elements of art to catch your attention. Create alongside illustrator Bonnie Rose Sullivan to design a superhero cape with an eye-catching focal point. Be sure to grab a free copy of Susan Mangiero’s book The Big Squeeze: Hugs & Inspirations for Every Grown-Up Who Loves Teddy Bears. While supplies last. Museum admission is free on Second Saturdays. 

Second Saturdays for Families is supported by the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, the Newman’s Own Foundation, and the Charles Nelson Robinson Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.
Jan
17
Mon
Postponed | Martin Luther King Jr. Community Day: Art and Activism
Jan 17 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In an effort to maintain a safe environment for staff and visitors amidst changing COVID-19 circumstances this program is postponed and the museum will be closed on Monday, January 17. 

For an opportunity to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr, join us for February’s Second Saturdays for Families program on February 12, 2022, noon–2pm.

Feb
3
Thu
Artist Talk: Nevine Mahmoud / MATRIX 188
Feb 3 @ 6:00 pm
Artist Talk: Nevine Mahmoud / MATRIX 188

Exhibition viewing: 5pm
Artist talk: 6pm

Artist Nevine Mahmoud turns to hard materials, including glass and stone, to evoke conversations with organic forms drawn from nature and the body. Join Mahmoud on a walk-through of her MATRIX exhibition and learn more about her approach to finding fluidity, playfulness, and seduction in rigid materials.

This event is free and open to a limited audience with required registration. To help ensure the safety of those in attendance, Mahmoud will lead visitors through the exhibition in two small groups, with the first group beginning at 6:00pm. Please enter at 29 Atheneum Square North. The Main Street entrance will not be open for this event.

Feb
12
Sat
Virtual Second Saturdays for Families | Black Heritage Day
Feb 12 all-day
Virtual Second Saturdays for Families | Black Heritage Day

Second Saturdays for Families is virtual this month. Click here for a digital activity pack celebrating Black heritage and culture!

Although in-person Second Saturdays activities will not take place, museum admission will still be free all day. 

Second Saturdays for Families is supported by the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, the Newman’s Own Foundation, and the Charles Nelson Robinson Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide. 
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. 
Mar
12
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families | HERstory Month
Mar 12 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families | HERstory Month

Celebrate Women’s History Month at the Wadsworth! Get to know works in the collection produced by women artists on a docent-guided tour. Create a mixed-media card alongside textile artist Ed Johnetta Miller and design a booklet recognizing powerful women and their stories with painter Amanda Mendoza. Museum admission is free all day. Family-friendly tours take place at 12:15 & 1:30pm. At 1pm, visit The Amistad Center for Art & Culture for an interactive storytelling performance inspired by the current exhibition Changing Lanes: Mobility in Connecticut.

Second Saturdays for Families is supported by the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, the Newman’s Own Foundation, and the Charles Nelson Robinson Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.
Apr
14
Thu
Matrix: On the Art of Tom Burr, Torkwase Dyson, and Tony Smith
Apr 14 @ 6:30 pm
Matrix: On the Art of Tom Burr, Torkwase Dyson, and Tony Smith

5pm gallery viewing & reception
6:30pm conversation
The American artist Tony Smith occupies an important place in the history of twentieth-century art and design. Best known for his large-scale sculptures—inventive polygonal forms made of steel, most painted black—Smith left behind a body of work that continues to defy easy classification and whose fertile breadth is yet to be fully explored.

The Wadsworth Atheneum’s decisive role in the development of Tony Smith’s artistic career serves as the historical context for a conversation between the art historian and curator James Voorhies and artists Tom Burr and Torkwase Dyson who, in separate bodies of work, have referenced Smith’s art and the modernist ideologies out of which it evolved. Matrix: On the Art of Tom Burr, Torkwase Dyson, and Tony Smith will inaugurate a new series of nomadic programs called “In Dialogue,” presented by the Tony Smith Foundation, which is committed to placing the legacy of the artist in context and in conversation with the contemporary arts.

Join us in the galleries before the event to view a selection of works by Tony Smith and the collection of abstract expressionist paintings donated to the Wadsworth by the artist in 1967. Free and open to the public with required registration. Learn more about our theater vaccination requirements.

 

Presented in partnership with the Tony Smith Foundation.