Calendar of Events

Jul
31
Sat
Curator Talk: Leaving the Moulin Rouge
Jul 31 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Curator Talk: Leaving the Moulin Rouge

Jane Avril (1868–1943) was one of the most famous turn-of-the-century dancers in Paris thanks in large part to the artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901), who captured Avril in several painted portraits. The Wadsworth’s Jane Avril Leaving the Moulin Rouge serves as the basis for the powerful installation focused on the artist and his energetic and expressive subject. Join curator Oliver Tostmann for a closer look at Toulouse-Lautrec’s attraction to cabaret and how it fueled his artistic practice. Free with museum admission. Meet in front of the Museum Shop.

Aug
7
Sat
Curator Talk: Milton Avery
Aug 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Curator Talk: Milton Avery

Before he was celebrated as a purveyor of modernism, artist Milton Avery (1885–1965) acquired the foundation for his groundbreaking paintings in Hartford: first as an art student at the Hartford Art School and later on painting trips to rural Connecticut. Curator Erin Monroe leads a tour through the Connecticut landscapes depicted in early works by Avery. Free with museum admission. Meet in front of the Museum Shop.

Aug
13
Fri
Artist Talk: Christina Forrer / MATRIX 187
Aug 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Artist Talk: Christina Forrer / MATRIX 187

You are invited to the Wadsworth’s first in-person exhibition opening in over a year! Join the excitement as artist Christina Forrer opens her MATRIX exhibition with a guided tour of the blistering stories of drama, folklore, and angst that she weaves into her magisterial tapestries. Free. Meet in Avery Court.

Image: Christina Forrer by Scott Rodd
Aug
14
Sat
Demonstration: Weaving with the Floor Loom
Aug 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Demonstration: Weaving with the Floor Loom

Watch as master weavers and artisans from the Hartford Artisans Weaving Center demonstrate the techniques of weaving on the floor loom to create fabric and tapestries. Don’t forget to visit two installations that unravel the expansive function of weaving—the eighteenth-century timber frame loom on view in Avery 2 and MATRIX artist Christina Forrer’s provocative wall tapestries. Free with museum admission. 

Aug
15
Sun
Demonstration: Weaving with the Floor Loom
Aug 15 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Demonstration: Weaving with the Floor Loom

Watch as master weavers and artisans from the Hartford Artisans Weaving Center demonstrate the techniques of weaving on the floor loom to create fabric and tapestries. Don’t forget to visit two installations that unravel the expansive function of weaving—the eighteenth-century timber frame loom on view in Avery 2 and MATRIX artist Christina Forrer’s provocative wall tapestries. Free with museum admission. 

Sep
18
Sat
Curator Talk: Goya, Posada, Chagoya
Sep 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Curator Talk: Goya, Posada, Chagoya

Artist Enrique Chagoya has cited the biting social and political critique visualized in prints created by Francisco Goya and José Guadalupe Posada as vital inspirations for his depictions of political subjugation, corruption, and injustice. Curator Patricia Hickson untangles the absurd and often astonishing imagery that Chagoya devises in his printed work to explain his assessment of contemporary political, economic, and social life. Free with museum admission. Meet in front of the Museum Shop.

Sep
24
Fri
Curator Talk: Master Ivory Carvers
Sep 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Curator Talk: Master Ivory Carvers

Fraught with environmental, economic, and ecological consequences, the ivory market flourished in early modern Europe as explorers and hunters brought tusks poached from elephants across Africa to Europe for artisans to carve lavish and delicate luxury and ritual objects. Curator Linda Roth explores the ivories in Stories in Ivory and Wood Told by Master Carvers. Free with museum admission. Meet in front of the Museum Shop.