Calendar of Events

Programs take place in the museum unless otherwise specified. Click here for public tour registration.
Highlights Tours | Thursdays–Sundays, 12:30 & 2pm
Family Tour: Eyes on Art | Every Second Saturday, 12:15pm

Jan
27
Sat
Film | Farwell My Concubine (1993)
Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Film | Farwell My Concubine (1993)

Farewell My Concubine deftly explores themes of gender, sexuality, and identity within the backdrop of a changing China and the lives of two opera performers who endure brutal training and form an enduring bond. Presented in collaboration with Out Film CT.

Directed by Chen Kaige. Hong Kong, China (Mandarin with English subtitles). 2 hours 50 minutes. Not rated.

Jan
28
Sun
Film | Farewell My Concubine (1993)
Jan 28 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Film | Farewell My Concubine (1993)

Farewell My Concubine deftly explores themes of gender, sexuality, and identity within the backdrop of a changing China and the lives of two opera performers who endure brutal training and form an enduring bond. Presented in collaboration with Out Film CT.

Directed by Chen Kaige. Hong Kong, China (Mandarin with English subtitles). 2 hours 50 minutes. Not rated.

Feb
1
Thu
First Thursdays
Feb 1 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
First Thursdays

Pop-up performances, drop-in drawing, cash bar, nibbles, and more

Bring your crush to hear Nekita Waller live during Date Night at the museum! Head to the theater at 7pm to see the delightful French film Amélie, an exploration of the magic of Paris and the extraordinary impact of small acts of kindness. Registration encouraged via thewadsworth.org. February is Members Appreciation Month! Members receive a free drink voucher when you check in at the front desk. All ages are welcome!

Film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. France (French with English subtitles). 2001. 2 hours 2 minutes. Rated R.

This program series is made possible with generous support provided by Art Bridges Foundation’s Access for All program.

Feb
3
Sat
Avery 90 Public Lecture | What was the International Style? with Martino Stierli
Feb 3 @ 2:00 pm
Avery 90 Public Lecture | What was the International Style? with Martino Stierli

1pm gallery viewing, 2pm lecture

Join Martino Stierli, Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, as he defines and examines the development of the International Style, its emphasis on open space and repetition, and its rejection of ornamentation. Stierli positions the Wadsworth’s Avery Memorial Building, the first American museum interior constructed in the International Style, within the context and trajectory of the movement. Join us before the lecture to explore the architecture and artwork on view in the Avery building. Free with reservations encouraged.

Presented as a part of the Avery 90 series, a yearlong suite of programs celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Avery Memorial building.

Sponsored by the Design and Decorative Arts Council with additional support provided by the Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation Fund at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Image: Photo of Avery Court with Francavilla fountain, facing North, Avery Memorial, Meyers Studio Inc., c. 1934. Photograph Collection, RG9_2_B3, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art Archives, Hartford, CT

Feb
8
Thu
Public Lecture | Pennington Lecture with Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
Feb 8 @ 5:00 pm
Public Lecture | Pennington Lecture with Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

In-person tickets have sold out. Should space become available, we may be able to accommodate additional guests the night of the event. To attend the lecture virtually click here to register for the live stream.

Eddie S. Glaude Jr., the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University and New York Times best-selling author, talks about his forthcoming book, We Are the Leaders We Have Been Looking For (Harvard University Press, April 2024). Glaude makes the case that the hard work of becoming a better person should be a critical feature of Black politics. Through virtuoso interpretations of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Ella Baker, Glaude shows how ordinary people have the capacity to be the heroes that our democracy so desperately requires, rather than outsourcing their needs to leaders who purportedly represent them. Glaude is also the author of the New York Times best seller Begin Again, a politically astute, lyrical meditation on how ordinary Black Americans can shake off their reliance on a small group of professional politicians and pursue self-cultivation and grassroots movements to achieve a more just and perfect democracy. Free with required registration. 

The Pennington Lecture is presented in honor of the Rev. Dr. James W. C. Pennington and is part of CT State Community College Capital’s Black Heritage Project. The project aims to surface the remarkable history of the first Black church and school for Black children in Hartford through an exhibition on Hartford’s Black community formation (now on view at the college), curriculum in a variety of courses, and programs such as this. The Pennington Lecture is produced by CT State Community College Capital in partnership with the Wadsworth Atheneum and The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, and in association with Faith Congregational Church.

Feb
9
Fri
Film | A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
Feb 9 @ 2:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Film | A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

Set in the Younger’s cramped Chicago apartment, this drama with Sidney Poitier centers on individual struggles and aspirations amid the social and economic challenges of the 1950s. It offers a thought-provoking exploration of the American Dream and the barriers faced by marginalized communities.

Presented in conjunction with There Is Always Something Left to Love and Love Overflowing: Home and the Décor of Freedom.

Directed by Daniel Petrie. US. 2 hours 8 minutes. Not rated.

Feb
10
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families | Black History Month
Feb 10 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families |  Black History Month

Explore The Amistad Center for Art & Culture’s exhibition Love Overflowing: Home and the Décor of Freedom and learn how notable Black Americans designed their homes to reflect their achievements and progress. Create a power performer cape inspired by musical icon Marian Anderson and learn about the opera singer’s careful consideration of her stage clothing in the exhibition Marian Anderson: Dressed for Success. Join an interactive drum circle workshop with musician and educator Lance Kamau James.

Second Saturdays for Families is supported by the Art Bridges Foundation, the Mandell and Braunstein Families, the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, the George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee, the J. Walton Bissell Foundation, Inc., and the Charles Nelson Robinson Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.

Film | A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
Feb 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Film | A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

Set in the Younger’s cramped Chicago apartment, this drama with Sidney Poitier centers on individual struggles and aspirations amid the social and economic challenges of the 1950s. It offers a thought-provoking exploration of the American Dream and the barriers faced by marginalized communities.

Presented in conjunction with There Is Always Something Left to Love and Love Overflowing: Home and the Décor of Freedom.

Directed by Daniel Petrie. US. 2 hours 8 minutes. Not rated.

Film | A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
Feb 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm
Film | A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

Set in the Younger’s cramped Chicago apartment, this drama with Sidney Poitier centers on individual struggles and aspirations amid the social and economic challenges of the 1950s. It offers a thought-provoking exploration of the American Dream and the barriers faced by marginalized communities.

Presented in conjunction with There Is Always Something Left to Love and Love Overflowing: Home and the Décor of Freedom.

Directed by Daniel Petrie. US. 2 hours 8 minutes. Not rated.

Feb
11
Sun
Film | A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
Feb 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Film | A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

Set in the Younger’s cramped Chicago apartment, this drama with Sidney Poitier centers on individual struggles and aspirations amid the social and economic challenges of the 1950s. It offers a thought-provoking exploration of the American Dream and the barriers faced by marginalized communities.

Presented in conjunction with There Is Always Something Left to Love and Love Overflowing: Home and the Décor of Freedom.

Directed by Daniel Petrie. US. 2 hours 8 minutes. Not rated.