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Jun
13
Sat
Juneteenth Family Day: Stories & Songs of Freedom
Jun 13 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join us to celebrate African American art and culture and to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth with free, family-friendly performances, art-making, tours, and more!

Free admission 10 am to 4 pm.

Presented with the Amistad Center for Art & Culture.

 

 

Jun
18
Thu
Rethinking Abstract Expressionism: Energy Made Visible
Jun 18 @ 6:00 pm
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Willem De Kooning, Montauk I, 1969, Oil on canvas, 88 x 77 in., The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1973.46

Using works in the permanent collection, Dr. Robert Hobbs, The Rhoda Thalhimer Endowed Chair of American Art, Department of Art History, Virginia Commonwealth University, will illuminate a fascinating and revealing story about Abstract Expressionism’s creative process and its connection to the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead.

Arrive early between 5 and 6 pm to view the Contemporary Art galleries and attend a pre-lecture reception.

Free and open to the public.

 

 

Jul
10
Fri
Member Morning: Peter Blume
Jul 10 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Member Morning: Peter Blume

Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast in the Museum Café, followed by a tour of two new exhibitions. Join Erin Monroe, Assistant Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, for an introduction to Blume’s works and those of his peers, including Alexander Calder, Arshile Gorky, and Yves Tanguy, who also resided in Northwestern Connecticut. Monroe will explore how this artistic circle exchanged ideas and how the rural environment of Connecticut directly impacted their work.

Museum members only. Not a member? Join or renew today! Reservations are required, call 860-838-4171. Enter via Avery Court on Atheneum Square North, accessible from Prospect Street.

Image: Peter Blume, Vegetable Dinner, 1927, Oil on canvas; 25 1/4 x 30 1/4 in. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. Art © The Educational Alliance, Inc./Estate of Peter Blume/Licensed by VAGA, New York

 

Jul
11
Sat
Second Saturdays: Paper Play
Jul 11 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Second Saturdays: Paper Play

Look at MATRIX 172 artist Mark Bradford’s works using paper in imaginative ways. Make a pulp paper sculpture and think about paper’s endless possibilities!

Second Saturdays for Families: Explore art with your family, encourage creativity, and expand your imagination through conversation and discovery. Each program is free and includes hands-on art projects, tours for families, live music, and engaging fun through film, theater and dance. Join us the second Saturday of every month year-round!

Free Family Tours
10:30 – 11 am, ABCs: Art, Books, Connections
11 am – noon, Ask About Art
11:30 am – noon, Eyes on Art Family Tour

Second Saturdays for Families is funded by Aetna. Additional support provided by the J. Walton Bissell Foundation, Inc., the George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., and Alan S. Parker, Esq., Trustees. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.

 

Jul
16
Thu
Gallery Talk: Peter Blume
Jul 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Gallery Talk: Peter Blume

Peter Blume, a leading modern American painter, lived in Sherman, Connecticut amidst an international artistic community. Hear curator Erin Monroe speak in the Peter Blume: Nature and Metamorphosis and Visions from Home: Surrealism in Connecticut exhibitions about how the environment in CT impacted Blume’s work and that of his friends and neighbors, including Alexander Calder and Arshile Gorky.

A free screening of the film Without Gorky follows at 1 pm.

Image: Peter Blume, The Italian Straw Hat, 1952, Oil on paper on board, 22 1/4 x 30 3/8 in. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT, 
The Schnakenberg Fund, 1955.32 Art © The Educational Alliance, Inc./Estate of Peter Blume/Licensed by VAGA, New York

 

Art on Film: Without Gorky
Jul 16 @ 1:00 pm
Art on Film: Without Gorky

With a combination of archival footage, shots of paintings, and memories of those who knew him, this personal documentary explores Armenian Surrealist and Abstract Expressionist Arshile Gorky’s legacy.

2011. UK. 58 min. Not rated. Directed by Cosima Spender.

Join us before the film at 12 pm for a gallery talk with Erin Monroe, Assistant Curator of American Painting & Sculpture, in the Peter Blume: Nature and Metamorphosis exhibition.

Additional screening Saturday, July 18 at 2 pm.

Jul
18
Sat
Art on Film: Without Gorky
Jul 18 @ 2:00 pm
Art on Film: Without Gorky

With a combination of archival footage, shots of paintings, and memories of those who knew him, this personal documentary explores Armenian Surrealist and Abstract Expressionist Arshile Gorky’s legacy.

2011. UK. 58 min. Not rated. Directed by Cosima Spender.

Additional screening Thursday, July 16 at 1 pm.

Aug
8
Sat
Second Saturdays: Be Abstract
Aug 8 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Second Saturdays: Be Abstract

Abstract art is hard to define, but it’s imaginative, radical, and free! Get your inspiration from Abstract Expressionists like Jackson Pollack, Helen, Frankenthaler, and William de Kooning, and make your own abstract and expressive work.

Second Saturdays for Families: Explore art with your family, encourage creativity, and expand your imagination through conversation and discovery. Each program is free and includes hands-on art projects, tours for families, live music, and engaging fun through film, theater and dance. Join us the second Saturday of every month year-round!

Free Family Tours
10:30 – 11 am, ABCs: Art, Books, Connections
11 am – noon, Ask About Art
11:30 am – noon, Eyes on Art Family Tour

Second Saturdays for Families is funded by Aetna. Additional support provided by the J. Walton Bissell Foundation, Inc., the George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., and Alan S. Parker, Esq., Trustees. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.

Image: Helen Frankenthaler, Sea Picture with Black, 1959, Oil on canvas, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Gift of Susan Morse Hilles, 1961.7

 

Sep
2
Wed
Contemporary Art Series: MATRIX Artists in Conversation
Sep 2 @ 6:00 pm

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of MATRIX, join us for a conversation with MATRIX 172 artist Mark Bradford and MATRIX 169 artist Ruben Ochoa.

Arrive early between 5 – 6 pm to view the Contemporary and MATRIX galleries, and attend a public reception.

This program is generously sponsored by the Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation.

 

Sep
12
Sat
Second Saturdays: Fractured Landscapes
Sep 12 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Second Saturdays: Fractured Landscapes

Explore the exhibition Peter Blume: Nature and Metamorphosis to see how artists play with space, color, and light in landscapes. Experiment with the elements of art by making a monochromatic landscape to take home.

Second Saturdays for Families: Explore art with your family, encourage creativity, and expand your imagination through conversation and discovery. Each program is free and includes hands-on art projects, tours for families, live music, and engaging fun through film, theater and dance. Join us the second Saturday of every month year-round!

 

Free Family Tours
10:30 – 11 am, ABCs: Art, Books, Connections
11 am – noon, Ask About Art
11:30 am – noon, Eyes on Art Family Tour

Second Saturdays for Families is funded by Aetna. Additional support provided by the J. Walton Bissell Foundation, Inc., the George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., and Alan S. Parker, Esq., Trustees. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.

Image: Peter Blume, Landscape with Poppies, 1939, Oil on canvas, 18 x 25 1/8 in. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, 1941, Art © The Educational Alliance, Inc./Estate of Peter Blume/Licensed by VAGA, New York