Calendar of Events

Art Talk: Sean Scully and Patricia Hickson in Conversation
Mar 11 @ 5:00 pm

5pm Reception
6pm Art Talk

Expressive and unconstrained bands of color reach beyond abstraction and into the sublime in Sean Scully’s Landline series. Join the artist in conversation with curator Patricia Hickson as they discuss his career and body of work.

Enter at 29 Atheneum Square North. Free.

This Filthy World: An Evening with John Waters
Jun 29 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

6pm: Cash bar opens
7pm: Talk and Q&A
8:30pm: Book signing and film

In conjunction with Be Seen: Portrait Photography Since Stonewall, legendary filmmaker, screenwriter, author, actor, visual artist, and art collector John Waters graces our stage. In his inimitable and wonderfully outrageous style, Waters offers observations on life and fame, his perspective on Stonewall, and recollections of his films. His book Mr. Know- It-All (2019) will be available for purchase.

$85; $75 members. Please note, tickets must be purchased online.

Film: Cecil B. Demented

An insane independent film director and his renegade group of teenage filmmakers kidnap an A-list Hollywood actress and force her to star in their underground film. 

2000. USA. 87 min. Rated R. Directed by John Waters. Starring Melanie Griffith, Stephen Dorff, Adrian Grenier, and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Revealing the Mysteries of La Vecchia
Jul 10 @ 6:00 pm

Giorgione's "La Vecchia"

5pm: Reception
6pm: Lecture

Preeminent scholar of Italian Renaissance art John Paoletti, Emeritus William R. Kenan Professor of the Humanities at Wesleyan University, discusses Giorgione’s La Vecchia.

The Venetian painter, Giorgione (Giorgio da Castelfranco) is one of the more challenging painters of the Italian Renaissance, in part because we have so little hard historical information about him, but also because of the enigmatic nature of many of his paintings, perhaps the most notable of which is La Vecchia.  Giorgione was born in the late 1470s and died of the plague in 1510.  For the modern viewer La Vecchia seems to withhold its secrets, its small size demanding close looking and its visual clues – both obvious and disguised – demanding a breadth of imaginative interpretation based on our understanding of the painting traditions of the time in which Giorgione was working.  La Vecchia exists somewhere between portrait and allegory, between apparently realistic detail and painterly surface that Giogione was perhaps first to employ as he experimented with the new technique of oil painting then evolving in Venice.  Central to understanding Giorgione’s paintings is the concept of poesia (something akin to our modern notion of ‘poetry’) that he was the first to exploit in his painting, allowing him to concentrate on the suggestive aspects of the chosen subject to incite open-ended conversation about a painting’s unfixed meaning, thus allowing viewers, in examining the multiple possibilities of interpretation, to demonstrate their own close observation, erudition, and imagination. 

Free Teen Film Screening | Kiki
Aug 3 @ 11:00 am
Free Teen Film Screening | Kiki

In conjunction with Be Seen: Portrait Photography Since Stonewall.

10:15am | Tour of Be Seen
11am–12:34pm | Kiki
12:34pm | Discussion led by Xiomarie LaBeija and Juancarlos Soto.

Highlighting the Kiki dance subculture of the vogue ball scene in New York City, this documentary shows how a group of LGBTQ+ youths of color unite to form a safe gathering space. Free.


2016. Sweden/USA. 94 min. Not Rated. Directed by Sara Jordenö. Starring Loretta Coombs, Takima Coombs, Afrika Juicy Couture.

Perspectives | LGBTQ+ Health Advocacy
Aug 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Explore topics of health and well-being in relation to themes of sexual orientation and gender identity that are visualized in Be Seen: Portrait Photography Since Stonewall. This program includes individual presentations by health advocates and experts Cindy Dubuque-Gallo, Marcus Lawson, and Sheldon Raymore followed by discussions. Coffee included, and participants are welcome to view Be Seen. Free, but RSVP to

Encounters | The Black Church and Social Justice CANCELLED
Oct 12 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Encounters | The Black Church and Social Justice CANCELLED @ Old State House

Mediated discussions focus on the Faith/Talcott Congregational Church in Hartford and the Amistad trials of 1839-41. Short readings will be posted in advance. This event takes place at the Old State House, 800 Main Street, Hartford. Free. This event has been cancelled.

Artist Panel moderated by Kimberly Drew
Nov 6 @ 6:00 pm


Radcliffe Bailey, Shinique Smith, Carl Joe Williams

5pm: Reception
6pm: Discussion

Artists Radcliffe Bailey, Shinique Smith, and Carl Joe Williams discuss how history, nature, music, and spirituality take visual form in their work. Moderated by Kimberly Drew, author of the Tumblr blog “Black Contemporary Art,” as well as the forthcoming book Black Futures which investigates how creativity relates to black cultural identity. Free.

Co-sponsored by the Petrucci Family Foundation.

Encounters | Afrocosmologies: American Reflections
Nov 9 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Encounters | Afrocosmologies: American Reflections

Explore Afrocosmologies and related themes about African-based religion and practice in the diaspora. Short readings will be posted in advance. Refreshments and lunch provided. Free with RSVP to

The 1619 Project | Lunchtime Community Conversation
Dec 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

1619 ProjectPlease note this event will begin in the theater. 

Art in Motion
Jan 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Her Magnum Opus

5:30pm: View Tradition and the Avant-Garde: Highlights of Ballets Russes Design
6pm: Cash bar opens
7pm: Performance and film screening followed by Q&A with Marta Renzi and Aileen Passloff

Acclaimed choreographer, dancer, director, actor, and teacher Aileen Passloff is joined by award-winning filmmaker and choreographer Marta Renzi for an evening that celebrates dance. A Ballets Russes-inspired dance performed by Charlotte Hendrickson and choreographed by Passloff is followed by a screening of Renzi’s film Her Magnum Opus (which stars Passloff), after which Renzi and Passloff have an onstage discussion. 

$15; $10 members and students w/ID. 

Her Magnum Opus | Enacted almost entirely through movement and music, the film tells of a group of friends who gather at a cottage by the lake to pay homage to their mentor. 2017. US. 62 min. Not Rated. Directed by Marta Renzi. Starring Aileen Passloff, Arthur Aviles, and Aislinn MacMaster.