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Feb
4
Wed
Free Talk: Jerry Saltz on the Good, the Bad, and the Very Bad
Feb 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Jerry Saltz

Free Talk: Jerry Saltz on the Good, the Bad, and the Very Bad
Join us for a talk by three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee and New York Magazine art critic Jerry Saltz, this year’s Emily Hall Tremaine Lecturer in Contemporary Art. Arrive early for a reception and view the newly renovated and reinstalled Post-War and Contemporary Art galleries, from 5 to 6 pm.

This event is free and open to the public.

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About Jerry Saltz
A columnist and art critic for New York Magazine, Jerry Saltz has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism three times. He has served as a visiting critic at The School of Visual Arts, Columbia University, Yale University, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and was the sole advisor for the 1995 Whitney Biennial. Known for his passionate opinions and insight about contemporary art, Saltz is an electrifying speaker.

The Emily Hall Tremaine Lecture in Contemporary Art is supported in part by The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation Fund.

Feb
11
Wed
Free Lecture: Coney Island: The Melting Pot at Play
Feb 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Red Grooms, Weegee 1940, 1998–99, acrylic on paper, Private Collection. Image Courtesy Marlborough Gallery, New York; © 2013 Red Grooms/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Red Grooms, Weegee 1940, 1998–99, acrylic on paper, Private Collection. Image Courtesy Marlborough Gallery, New York; © 2013 Red Grooms/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Free Lecture: Coney Island: The Melting Pot at Play: In conjunction with Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, Chief Curator and Exhibition Curator Robin Jaffee Frank focuses on how artists’ visions of Coney Island became a vehicle for exploring the mixing of people from different racial, ethnic, and class backgrounds, transcending social boundaries. Free and open to the public.

From 5 to 6 pm guests are invited to view the Coney Island exhibition galleries and attend a pre-lecture reception.

 

Feb
14
Sat
Second Saturdays: Ode to Romare Bearden
Feb 14 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Romare Bearden, She-ba, 1970, The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund

Romare Bearden, She-ba, 1970, Collage on paper, cloth and synthetic polymer paint on composition board

Second Saturdays: Ode to Romare Bearden: Celebrate Romare Bearden’s love of art, music, and literature through his paintings and murals in the galleries and at the Hartford Public Library. Make a collage inspired by Bearden’s work and listen to live jazz. Free admission 10 am to 1 pm.

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

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This program is presented with the Hartford Public Library and The Amistad Center for Art & Culture.

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!

Second Saturdays for Families is funded by Aetna. Additional support provided by the J. Walton Bissell Foundation, Inc., The Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, 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.

Feb
20
Fri
Member Morning: Coney Island
Feb 20 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Reginald Marsh (American, 1898–1954), Wooden Horses (detail), 1936, tempera on board; 24 x 40 inches, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, The Dorothy Clark Archibald and Thomas L. Archibald Fund, The Krieble Family Fund for American Art, The American Paintings Purchase Fund, and The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 2013.1.1

Reginald Marsh, Wooden Horses, 1936, Tempera on board

Join us for a complimentary continental breakfast followed by a tour of Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland with Chief Curator and exhibition curator Robin Jaffee Frank.

RSVP to 860-838-4171. Enter via Avery Court on Atheneum Square North.

This event is for museum members only.

Not a member? Join now and get 10% off your new membership! Offer valid for new members only.

Mar
7
Sat
Films: Weegee’s New York & Coney Island at Night
Mar 7 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
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Weegee’s New York

Weegee’s New York: This documentary captures the daily rituals and practices of Coney Island’s summer masses while at the same time turns everyday landmarks and city views into colorful abstract compositions. 1948. USA. 20 min. Not Rated. Directed by Weegee (Arthur Felig).

Followed by:

Coney Island at Night: Taken at night, this panorama of Coney Island dramatically captures the illuminated architectural landscape of Dreamland and Luna Park. 1905. USA. 4 min. Not Rated. B&W. Silent. Directed by Edwin S. Porter.

Guest Speaker: Charles Musser, Professor of Film and American Studies at Yale University.

These films are screened in conjunction with Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008.

Film: The Crowd
Mar 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:40 pm

Crowd_Murray_Boardman_2_WEBFilm: The Crowd: This poignant story of the working and domestic life of an average, commonplace man in ‘the crowd’  — John, with his wife Mary — chronicling their ups and downs, including their meeting, courtship, marriage, and family life. 1928. USA. 98 min. Not Rated. B&W. Silent. Directed by King Vidor. Starring James Murray and Eleanor Boardman.

Guest Speaker: Joshua Glick, Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies at Hendrix College.

This film is screened in conjunction with Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008.

Mar
14
Sat
Film: Rube and Mandy at Coney Island
Mar 14 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Film: Rube and Mandy at Coney Island: Mandy and clumsy Rube participate in different forms of Coney Island entertainment. 1903. USA. 12 min. Not Rated. B&W. Silent. Directed by Edwin S. Porter. (On a continuous loop from 10 am – 2 pm).

This film is screened as part of Second Saturdays: Circus Dreams.

Second Saturdays: Circus Dreams
Mar 14 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Charles Carmel, Carousel Horse with Raised Head, Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York, c. 1914, paint on wood, jewels, glass eyes, horsehair tail, Collection American Folk Art Museum, New York, Gift of Laura Harding, 1978.18.2

Charles Carmel, Carousel Horse with Raised Head, Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York, c. 1914, paint on wood, jewels, glass eyes, horsehair tail, Collection American Folk Art Museum, New York, Gift of Laura Harding, 1978.18.2

Second Saturdays: Circus Dreams: Inspired by Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, step right up and take a “ride” on a carousel animal and decorate your own!

Listen to hand-cranked organs playing authentic Coney tunes, catch the short film Rube and Mandy at Coney Island in the theater, enjoy a magic show by Professor Phineas Feelgood’s World of Magic, and a Balloonathon!

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

This program is presented in collaboration with the New England Carousel Museum.

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!

Second Saturdays for Families is funded by Aetna. Additional support provided by the J. Walton Bissell Foundation, Inc., The Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, 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.

Apr
1
Wed
Free Talk: Coney Island 40 Years
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Harvey Stein, The Hug: Closed Eyes and Smile, 1982. Digital, inkjet archival print, 13 x 19 in. Collection of the artist. ©Harvey Stein 2011

Harvey Stein, The Hug: Closed Eyes and Smile, 1982. Digital, inkjet archival print, 13 x 19 in. Collection of the artist. ©Harvey Stein 2011

In conjunction with Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, photographer Harvey Stein discusses the work in his book Coney Island 40 Years, a meditation on time, history, persistence and longevity, fate, and public social behavior. Photographed in black and white to reveal Coney Island in its more moody and evocative moments, Stein’s images capture the amusement park from 1970 to 2010. “Coney Island is a fantasy land of the past with an irrepressible optimism about its future,” writes Stein.

Arrive early to view the Coney Island exhibition galleries and attend a public reception from 5 to 6 pm.

This program is free and open to the public.

About Harvey Stein
Harvey Stein is a professional photographer, teacher, lecturer, author and curator based in New York City. He currently teaches at the International Center of Photography and is Director of Photography at Umbrella Arts Gallery, located in the East Village. He has also been a member of the faculty of the School of Visual Arts, New School University, Drew University, Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Bridgeport. Stein is the recipient of a Creative Arts Public Service (CAPS) fellowship and numerous artist-in-residency grants. He has published six books, including Coney Island 40 Years, 2011 (Schiffer Publishing).

Stein’s photographs and portfolios have been published in such periodicals as The New Yorker, Time, Life, Esquire, American Heritage, Smithsonian, The New York Times, Glamour, Forbes, Psychology Today, Playboy, Harpers, Connoisseur, Art News, American Artist, New York, People, Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, The Hopkins Review (cover) and all the major photo magazines, including Camera Arts, Black & White Magazine (cover), International Street Photographer (cover), Shutterbug, Popular Photography, American Photo, Camera, Afterimage, PDN, Zoom, Rangefinder, Photo Metro, fotoMagazine (Germany), photo technique and View Camera.

 

Apr
11
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families
Apr 11 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

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 Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, 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.