Calendar of Events
Sunday Serenades, a concert series in partnership with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, goes virtual! A thrilling program of chamber music curated by HSO Concertmaster Leonid Sigal is performed from the Wadsworth in the exhibition Paul Manship: Ancient Made Modern. Music includes selections by Samuel Barber, Astor Piazzolla, Richard Strauss, and Ludwig van Beethoven. This concert will be available for viewing from April 12–June 10, 2021. $15; $10 members.
Image: Paul Manship, Fire (from The Four Elements), commissioned in 1914, installed 1921 in the American Telephone and Telegraph Building, 195 Broadway, New York (designed by Wm Welles Bosworth). Parcel-gilt bronze relief. Courtesy of Gerald Peters Gallery. Private collection. © Estate of Paul Manship
Spend an evening with art critic Jed Perl and curator Erin Monroe for a presentation of Perl’s recent book about legendary artist Alexander Calder, Calder: The Conquest of Space: The Later Years 1940-1976, and Calder’s monumental work in Hartford. Generously co-sponsored by the Auerbach Library Associates of the Wadsworth Atheneum.
Image: Jed Perl, photo credit: Duane Michals
Participate in a mediated virtual discussion about public sculpture, World’s Fairs, and the City Beautiful movement in conjunction with the exhibition Paul Manship: Ancient Made Modern.
Encounters is a series of free virtual discussions fueled by short readings and timely subjects. Co-sponsored with the Hartford History Center at the Hartford Public Library, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, the Old State House, Akomawt Educational Initiative, and Dodd Human Rights Impact at the University of Connecticut.
The long tradition of studying and drawing plaster cast reproductions of sculptures for artistic training is exemplified by artists such as Matisse, Rodin, Picasso, and Paul Manship, who studied plaster casts of ancient Greek sculpture while pioneering modernism. In conjunction with the exhibition Paul Manship: Ancient Made Modern, Fairfield University professor of art history, Katherine Schwab provides context for the importance of plaster casts as vehicles for learning.
Learn how celebrated American artist Paul Manship transformed sketches into dramatic bronze sculptures. Then create a relief that highlights a hero in your life. Stop by the museum to pick up a free postcard and add to the Paul Manship: Ancient Made Modern interpretive activity, Today’s Heroes—a community postcard wall. Digital activity pack includes art-making demonstrations, visual scavenger hunts, close looking prompts, and story time in English and Spanish. Available on the second Saturday of the month.
Second Saturdays for Families is supported by Aetna. Additional support is provided by the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, the George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee, and the Charles Nelson Robinson Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.
Olubukola Gbadegesin, professor of art history at Saint Louis University, and Zeynep Çelik Alexander, professor of art history at Columbia University, present their research on the transatlantic slave trade, imperial gardens, classification systems, and colonial photography. Following the presentations, artist Todd Gray leads a discussion about how he examines these themes in his work, on view in MATRIX 186. Co-sponsored with The Amistad Center for Art & Culture.
*Please note this program time has been changed from noon to 6pm.
Image: Todd Gray, Fair Game (Keep Your Head to the Sky), 2020. Four archival pigment prints with UV laminate in artist’s frames. Courtesy the collection of Christopher Scott and Cody Fitzsimmons.
During the 1920s, New York achieved world renown as the quintessential skyscraper metropolis. Gail Fenske, professor of architecture at Roger Williams University, explores the art and architecture that infused the city with a powerful sense of place, capturing the imaginations of artists and filmmakers, among them Georgia O’Keeffe, Alfred Stieglitz, Fritz Lang, and Paul Manship. In conjunction with Paul Manship: Ancient Made Modern.
Emily Orr, curator of design at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, explores the unexpected relationship that emerged between textiles and metalwork as the American silk industry expanded in the 1920s. In conjunction with the exhibition Paul Manship: Ancient Made Modern. Co-sponsored with the Wadsworth’s Costume & Textile Society.