Calendar of Events

Mar
29
Thu
Art Talk: Sol LeWitt at the Wadsworth Atheneum
Mar 29 @ 6:00 pm

Docent Council 50th Anniversary Lecture Series
Sol LeWitt at the Wadsworth Atheneum

5pm | Reception & Exhibition Viewing
6pm | Lecture

Please note that this is a change of date from the January–March member calendar.

James Meyer, curator at the National Gallery of Art, will survey the work of conceptual artist Sol LeWitt in celebration of what would have been his 90th year.

Free admission.

 

Apr
18
Wed
Tremaine Lecture in Contemporary Art
Apr 18 @ 6:00 pm
Tremaine Lecture in Contemporary Art

Tremaine Lecture in Contemporary Art
Mierle Laderman Ukeles

5pm | Reception & Gallery Viewing
6pm | Lecture

Performance artist and writer Mierle Laderman Ukeles has drawn attention to issues of labor and gender in her pioneering work. Ukeles will discuss how her site-specific work and her MATRIX exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum helped shape the arc of her career.

Free admission.

The Tremaine Lecture in Contemporary Art is generously supported by the Emily Hall Tremaine Fund.

 

Apr
19
Thu
Beauty, Money, and Power: The Transformation of Taste in America’s Gilded Age
Apr 19 @ 7:00 pm

Join Ulysses Grant Dietz, Chief Curator of the Newark Museum, for an in-depth perspective into the world of collecting and the concept of artistic taste in the Gilded Age.

Free admission.

 

May
5
Sat
Elephant Ballet: The Swan Song of Edward Gorey
May 5 @ 2:00 pm

Learn about Edward Gorey’s artistic biography in a lively discussion of his work with Gorey expert and aficionado James Edwards, professor of art at UMass Dartmouth.

This lecture derives from the exhibition ‘E’ is for Elephants, The Etchings of Edward Gorey on view in 2014 at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. It explores how Edward Gorey’s art collection shaped his motivations, visual language, and the very content of his work. While Gorey’s life experiences may have been limited geographically, the personal collection he left behind is magnificent in range.

Free with museum admission.

 

May
17
Thu
David Smith, Herbert Ferber & Abstract Expressionism
May 17 @ 6:30 pm

5:30pm | Reception & Exhibition Viewing
6:30pm | Lecture

Join David Getsy, professor of art history at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, for discussion of post-WWII sculpture in the United States. Arrive early to enjoy a reception and view the special exhibitions David Smith: Figures & Dwelling and Herbert Ferber: Space in Tension.

Free admission.

 

Jun
5
Tue
Art Talk: Conflict and Cultural Heritage in the Middle East
Jun 5 @ 6:00 pm

5pm | Reception & Exhibition Viewing
6pm | Discussion

How has our understanding of the Middle East and the area known as the Holy Land changed since Frederic Church visited the region in 1869? This discussion will explore how political conflict has changed the landscape and affected cultural patrimony of the Middle East. Participants include Nasser Rabbat, professor of Islamic architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Sean Anderson, associate curator of architecture at the Museum of Modern Art.

Held in conjunction with the special exhibition Frederic Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage.

Free admission.

 

Jun
12
Tue
Sacred Geographies: Frederic Church, the Holy Land, & the Hudson Valley
Jun 12 @ 6:00 pm

Docent Council 50th Anniversary Lecture Series
Sacred Geographies: Frederic Church, the Holy Land, & the Hudson Valley

5pm | Reception & Exhibition Viewing
6pm | Lecture

Jennifer Raab, professor of art history at Yale University, will investigate how Frederic Church’s travels through the Middle East and his paintings of Jerusalem and Petra shaped his Hudson Valley home, Olana.

Free admisison.

Oct
25
Thu
Art Talk: The Marketing of Surrealism
Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm

5pm | Reception & Exhibition Viewing
6pm | Lecture

Learn more about the advertising and design enterprises of the Surrealist artists focusing on the work of Salvador Dalì in a lecture by Sandra Zalman, professor of art history at the University of Houston. In conjunction with the special exhibition Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s.

Free admission.

Supported by the Decorative Arts Council at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

 

Nov
14
Wed
Lecture: Wallace Stevens & Surrealism
Nov 14 @ 3:00 pm

Lecture: Wallace Stevens & Surrealism

Located at the UConn-Hartford campus, The Hartford Times Building, Room 145.
The first book by Hartford poet Wallace Stevens, Harmonium (1923), records the spirit of New York Dada, a precursor of Surrealism. During the 1930s, Stevens developed a new kind of poetry in response to the Surrealist art he saw at the Wadsworth Atheneum. His breakthrough poem, “The Man with the Blue Guitar” (1937), was inspired by a painting by Picasso. Learn more about the influence of Surrealist art on Stevens in this lecture by University of Connecticut professor, Glen Macleod. In conjunction with the exhibition Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s.

Free admission.

This lecture is part of the series UConn Celebrates Wallace Stevens in Hartford. It includes a lecture on October 10, 2018 about Wallace Stevens by the critic Marjorie Perloff with the poet Susan Howe; and a reading on October 24, 2018 by Dennis Barone and James Finnegan from their anthology Visiting Wallace: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Wallace Stevens.

 

Jan
11
Fri
Art Talk: Philip Johnson
Jan 11 @ 5:00 pm

5pm Reception
6pm Art Talk

Philip Johnson, architect and designer of New Canaan’s famous Glass House, is the subject of a new biography by Mark Lamster, professor at University of Texas, Arlington. Join a panel discussion about Philip Johnson with the author and Richard Brettell, professor at University of Texas, Dallas and friend of the architect. Mark Lamster will sign copies of his book, The Man in the Glass House: Philip Johnson, Architect of the Modern Century, available for purchase, during the reception. Enter at 29 Atheneum Square North. Free.