Calendar of Events
Presented in celebration of the exhibition By Her Hand, this comic opera in four scenes tells the story of two sorceresses and their competition to own the body and soul of the warrior Ruggiero. Written by Italian composer, singer, and poet Francesca Caccini (1587–1640), a contemporary of Artemisia Gentileschi. For information and tickets, visit ctlyricopera.org.
*Opera is preceded at 1pm by a docent-led tour of By Her Hand. The tour is free with admission to either the opera or the museum. Tour attendees will be asked to present their opera or general admission tickets. Space is limited and registration is strongly encouraged.
1pm Gallery talk with curator Oliver Tostmann
2pm Sunday Serenades Concert with Hartford Symphony
This performance by the Hartford Symphony chamber musicians takes inspiration from two artists on view, Artemisia Gentileschi and Alice Neel, who were making art four hundred years apart. Hear musical works by female composers spanning four centuries, including Isabella Leonarda, Fanny Mendelssohn, Lili Boulanger, and Kaija Saariaho.
Tickets: $30 each; $25 for HSO subscribers and Wadsworth members. For tickets and information, visit hartfordsymphony.org or call (860) 987-5900.
Image: Artemisia Gentileschi, Mary Magdalene in Ecstasy, 1620-25. Oil on canvas. Venice Fondazione Musei Civici, Palazzo Ducale on long-term loan from a private collection. Photo by Dominique Provost Art Photography – Bruges, Belgium
The Sunday Serenades Chamber Music Series is made possible, in part, by the Saunders Foundation Music Endowment at the Wadsworth Atheneum and Nancy D. Grover in honor of Leonid Sigal, Concertmaster, Hartford Symphony Orchestra.
Objects conservator Casey Mallinckrodt discusses the study and conservation treatments of bronze sculptures by two women artists from the twentieth century: Ma Chanson (1943) by Brazilian artist Maria Martins and The Bat (1956) by French artist Germaine Richier. The Wadsworth is grateful for support from the Bank of America Conservation Project Grant in funding the conservation of these two important sculptures. Free with admission. Meet in front of the Museum Shop.
Nevine Mahmoud’s sculptural works invite a feminist exploration of nature and the body through dark humor, dramatic textures, vibrant colors, and surprising materials. Join curator Patricia Hickson on a walk-through of Mahmoud’s MATRIX exhibition for an inside look at the artist’s playful exploration of organic forms and purposeful choice of rigorous materials. Free with admission. Meet in front of the Museum Shop.
Discuss marble sculpture, the challenges of marble conservation, and how Edward R. Thaxter’s Love’s First Dream (1878) was prepared for installation in the Spotlight Gallery with objects conservator Casey Mallinckrodt. The talk begins in the Conservation Satellite Studios off Morgan Great Hall and progresses to the Spotlight Gallery on Avery Level 2. Free with admission. Meet in front of the Museum Shop.
5-6pm Gallery Viewing
6pm Artist Talk – In museum
Sculpture, installation, and performance intersect with sound in the works of artist Naama Tsabar. Listen in as Tsabar explores her approach to creating interactive sound sculptures and learn about her process for building site-specific performances with local communities of women and gender non-conforming performers. Free with required registration.
Session I: Fridays, June 3, 10, 17; 3-4:30pm has been canceled. Click here to sign up for the July session.
Explore visual expression through drawing in the galleries at the Wadsworth with Hartford-based artist Andre Rochester. Each session includes three classes, each progressing through new drawing techniques and focusing on a different gallery in the museum. Open to adults of all levels of artistic ability. $90 per session/$75 Members and students. Basic materials and museum admission included. Space is limited and advanced registration is required.
Join the Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus for their 10th Anniversary Concert Singing from the Heart of Hartford. For the past decade, HGMC has journeyed through songs from Broadway, popular artists, holidays music, and classics from many cultures and decades. The evening features some of the chorus’s favorite songs in a celebratory performance to remember. $30-45. For tickets and information, visit www.hgmc.org.