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

Jun
7
Fri
“Styling Identities” Double Feature | “Manscaping” (2022) & “Swan Song” (2021)
Jun 7 @ 6:00 pm
"Styling Identities" Double Feature | "Manscaping" (2022) & "Swan Song" (2021)

Manscaping captures the artistry and activism of three individuals, modeling ways to transcend toxic masculinity in favor of social inclusion and personal freedom. Devan Shimoyama is an Afrofuturist visual artist whose barbershop painting series envisions inclusivity and draws on Afrofuturism and drag. Jessie Anderson, a transgender Canadian barber, owns Big Bro’s Barbershop, providing a safe space for trans, gender nonconforming, and queer customers. Richard Savvy, Australia’s “naked barber,” is a fetish barber/porn actor challenging norms with his unique approach.

Directed by Broderick Fox. US. 1 hour, 2 minutes. Not rated.

 

Swan Song unfolds as Pat Pitsenbarger (Udo Kier), a retired and stroke-afflicted former hairdresser, embarks on an unconventional road trip to ensure his late client, Rita Parker Sloan (Linda Evans), looks her best at her funeral. Swan Song explores themes of love, loss, and personal transformation with performances by Jennifer Coolidge, Stephanie McVay, and Shanessa Sweeney.

Directed by Todd Stephens. US. 1 hour, 35 minutes. Rated R.

Image: Still from Swan Song.

Jun
8
Sat
Demonstration | The Art of Dreadlocks with Cedric “Dr. Loc” Roberson
Jun 8 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Meet us in Styling Identities: Hair’s Tangled Histories to learn about the history of dreadlocks and to view a loc demonstration with Hartford-based loctician Cedric Roberson.

Presented during Juneteenth Family Day. 

Juneteenth Family Day Through the Diaspora
Jun 8 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Juneteenth Family Day Through the Diaspora

Join The Amistad Center for Art & Culture in the celebration of Juneteenth and explore themes of emancipation and diaspora through FreedomWays: From Jubilee to Juneteenth on view in Pryor Gallery. Work with Hartford-based ceramist Danessa Pedroso in a nkisi nkondi (power figure) workshop or make your mark with your own Jackie Robinson coloring book! Tune in to a Harlem Renaissance-inspired musical set by the Erica Tracy and Tom Sullivan Duo in the galleries and enjoy various Afro-beats with DJ Michelle Bee in Gengras Courtyard.

Presented in partnership with the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Film | “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1982)
Jun 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Film | "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" (1982)

James Baldwin’s mesmerizing storytelling takes viewers from Birmingham to Selma and Newark, vividly portraying the South’s violent resistance to desegregation and the enduring struggle for racial equality. The documentary blends historical events with intimate conversations among Baldwin, preachers, teachers, and fellow writers at the forefront of the ‘60s civil rights struggle. Free with museum admission.

Directed by Dick Fontaine and Pat Hartley. US. 1 hour 35 minutes. Not rated.

Image: Still from I Heard it Through the Grape Vine (1982).

Presented by The Amistad Center for Arts & Culture.

“Styling Identities” Double Feature | “Manscaping” (2022) & “Swan Song” (2021)
Jun 8 @ 6:00 pm
"Styling Identities" Double Feature | "Manscaping" (2022) & "Swan Song" (2021)

Manscaping captures the artistry and activism of three individuals, modeling ways to transcend toxic masculinity in favor of social inclusion and personal freedom. Devan Shimoyama is an Afrofuturist visual artist whose barbershop painting series envisions inclusivity and draws on Afrofuturism and drag. Jessie Anderson, a transgender Canadian barber, owns Big Bro’s Barbershop, providing a safe space for trans, gender nonconforming, and queer customers. Richard Savvy, Australia’s “naked barber,” is a fetish barber/porn actor challenging norms with his unique approach.

Directed by Broderick Fox. US. 1 hour, 2 minutes. Not rated.

 

Swan Song unfolds as Pat Pitsenbarger (Udo Kier), a retired and stroke-afflicted former hairdresser, embarks on an unconventional road trip to ensure his late client, Rita Parker Sloan (Linda Evans), looks her best at her funeral. Swan Song explores themes of love, loss, and personal transformation with performances by Jennifer Coolidge, Stephanie McVay, and Shanessa Sweeney.

Directed by Todd Stephens. US. 1 hour, 35 minutes. Rated R.

Image: Still from Swan Song.

Jun
9
Sun
Film | “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1982)
Jun 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Film | "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" (1982)

James Baldwin’s mesmerizing storytelling takes viewers from Birmingham to Selma and Newark, vividly portraying the South’s violent resistance to desegregation and the enduring struggle for racial equality. The documentary blends historical events with intimate conversations among Baldwin, preachers, teachers, and fellow writers at the forefront of the ‘60s civil rights struggle. Free with museum admission.

Directed by Dick Fontaine and Pat Hartley. US. 1 hour 35 minutes. Not rated.

Image: Still from I Heard it Through the Grape Vine (1982).

Presented by The Amistad Center for Arts & Culture.

Jun
13
Thu
Public Lecture | ART X FASHION with Nancy Hall Duncan
Jun 13 @ 6:00 pm
Public Lecture | ART X FASHION with Nancy Hall Duncan

Fashion’s presence in museums worldwide is inescapable. Yet in many circles, it still fights for parity with fine art. Art historian, curator, and author Nancy Hall-Duncan explores this fraught relationship through the intersection of art and dress in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Using examples from around the globe, including the Wadsworth’s collection, Hall-Duncan’s illustrated talk considers the narrowing gap between visual art, runway fashion, and the clothing we wear every day.

Hall-Duncan’s book, ART X FASHION: Fashion Inspired by Art (Rizzoli, 2022), is available for sale and signing after the lecture.

This program is sponsored by the Costume & Textile Society at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Jun
14
Fri
Behind the Scenes for Members | Conservation Studio Tour
Jun 14 @ 1:00 pm

Join Allen Kosanovich, head of conservation, for a tour of the conservation studio and learn about the history, philosophy, and techniques of conservation at the museum. Kosanovich shows the instruments and methods for studying, preserving, and restoring works of art.

Space is limited. Please keep an eye on your inbox for a registration link.

Film | “The Teacher’s Lounge” (2023)
Jun 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:40 pm
Film | "The Teacher’s Lounge" (2023)

The seemingly tranquil setting of a middle school becomes the stage for a taut exploration of societal dynamics, echoing broader issues in our contemporary world. Led by the outstanding performance of Leonie Benesch as Carla Nowak, a seventh grade teacher, this suspenseful, intimate film masterfully navigates through a labyrinth of moral ambiguity and delves into the complexities of power, manipulation, and groupthink.

Directed by Ilker Çatak. Germany. (German, Turkish, Polish, English with English subtitles.) 1 hour, 38 minutes. Rated PG-13.

Image: Still from The Teacher’s Lounge (2023)

Film | “The Teacher’s Lounge” (2023)
Jun 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:40 pm
Film | "The Teacher’s Lounge" (2023)

The seemingly tranquil setting of a middle school becomes the stage for a taut exploration of societal dynamics, echoing broader issues in our contemporary world. Led by the outstanding performance of Leonie Benesch as Carla Nowak, a seventh grade teacher, this suspenseful, intimate film masterfully navigates through a labyrinth of moral ambiguity and delves into the complexities of power, manipulation, and groupthink.

Directed by Ilker Çatak. Germany. (German, Turkish, Polish, English with English subtitles.) 1 hour, 38 minutes. Rated PG-13.

Image: Still from The Teacher’s Lounge (2023)