Calendar of Events
Engaging food historian Ivan Day plots the evolution of ice cream from an Enlightenment party trick to a luxury treat for empresses. The earliest recipe book devoted entirely to ice cream was published in Paris before electrical refrigeration and is featured in the exhibition Savor, offering over one hundred different flavors, including ices of wine, jasmine, and truffles.
Co-sponsored with Design and Decorative Arts Council of the Wadsworth Atheneum
Join a virtual discussion about the relevancy of the women’s vote throughout the twentieth century and its impact on contemporary politics. Short readings provided in advance and a viewing of the digital Hartford History Center exhibition October 1920, featuring Hartford women who registered to vote for the very first time, fuel small group discussions. Advance registration required.
Hosted by the Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library. Co-sponsored with the Hartford History Center at the Hartford Public Library, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, the Old State House, and the University of Connecticut’s Humanities Institute.
You are invited to attend the museum’s first virtual gala from the comfort of your home. Director & CEO Thomas J. Loughman and Board President William R. Peelle, Jr. will be joined by Wadsworth curators, artists, and special guests.
Presented by the Mandell-Braunstein Family
Celebrate LatinX heritage and culture with art making, storytelling, and performances. Available on the second Saturday of the month and afterwards.
Second Saturdays for Families is funded by Aetna. Additional support is provided by the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, the George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation, and the Charles Nelson Robinson Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.
Celebrated ceramic artist Kate Malone, MBE is inspired by the miraculous workings of nature and historical ceramic objects. Malone’s forms and crystalline glazes that ooze over their surfaces bridge the stories conveyed by historical artefacts and decorative objects into contemporary life. Visit Malone’s exquisite ceramics in Savor and join her online for a virtual discussion of her work, inspiration, and methods. Tune in with a drink to toast this artist and her devotion to clay! Free.
After the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920, five women were elected to Connecticut’s General Assembly that year. The number of women serving in elected office has risen steadily, but why is the number of elected women still low? How does gender balance impact legislative decisions? A virtual discussion centered on these questions will raise important points to consider as new generations of women seek to enter political life. Advance registration required via cga.ct.gov/osh/.
Hosted by the Old State House. Co-sponsored with the Hartford History Center at the Hartford Public Library, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, and the University of Connecticut’s Humanities Institute.
Artist James Prosek guides us through the landscape of the rich creative history of artists working in Connecticut on a tour of the Connecticut Art Trail’s 25th anniversary exhibition, Made in Connecticut, which he curated.
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Artist Mark Dion draws on the early modern tradition of assembling artifacts and objects into theatrical dioramas that make statements about contemporary collecting habits, our relationship to history, and the future of the environment. In a virtual conversation with curator Patricia Hickson, Dion discusses his artistic practices and his local New England roots. In conjunction with the exhibition Made in Connecticut. Free. Co-sponsored with the Hartford Art School.
Artist Ali Banisadr leads a virtual tour of his MATRIX exhibition centered on his monumental abstract paintings. As part of his installation, Banisadr has mined the collections of the Wadsworth to share a selection of formal expressions and visual motifs that inform his own process. Free.
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