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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, 1948

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.

Weegee’s New York and Coney Island at Night are screened in conjunction with Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland.

 

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).

Rube and Mandy at Coney Island is screened as part of Second Saturdays: Circus Dreams in conjunction with Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland.

 

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 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.

Mar
27
Fri
Teen Night & Open Mic
Mar 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

teen-night-and-open-mic-flyer-FINAL2Join us on Friday, March 27 from 6 to 9 pm for a Teen Night and Open Mic at the Wadsworth Atheneum! Admission is FREE for all high school students with ID. Make art, play a game, eat free food, and enjoy performances by teen musicians, poets, actors, and more.

Explore our new Contemporary Art galleries and MATRIX 171: SIDESHOW, as well as our special exhibition Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland.

Want to perform?
Register here or sign up at the door!

 

Apr
1
Wed
Talk & Book Signing: Coney Island 40 Years
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm

Harvey Stein, Coney Island 40 Years“Coney Island is a fantasy land of the past with an irrepressible optimism about its future.” – Harvey Stein

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.

Arrive early to view the Coney Island exhibition galleries, and attend a public reception and book signing 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
10
Fri
Member Morning: New Acquisitions & New Pairings
Apr 10 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Pepón Osorio, En la barbería, no se llora (No crying allowed in the barber shop), 1994, mixed media, Purchased through a gift from Southern New England Telephone in recognition of the vitality of Connecticut's Puerto Rican community, and through the Alexander A. Goldfarb Contemporary Art Acquisition Fund, 1994.37.1

Pepón Osorio, En la barbería, no se llora (No crying allowed in the barber shop), 1994, mixed media, Purchased through a gift from Southern New England Telephone in recognition of the vitality of Connecticut’s Puerto Rican community, and through the Alexander A. Goldfarb Contemporary Art Acquisition Fund, 1994.37.1

Join us for a continental breakfast in the Museum Cafe, followed by a tour of new acquisitions and rarely viewed works in our renovated Contemporary Art galleries with curatorial fellow Eileen Doyle.

Museum members only; reservations required at (860) 838-4171. Enter via Avery Court on Atheneum Square North.

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Apr
11
Sat
Second Saturdays: City Silhouettes
Apr 11 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Michael C. McMillen, Lighthouse (Hotel New Empire), 2010, Mixed media with digital motion picture, 97 x 132 x 144 in., Courtesy of the artist and LA Louver, Venice, CA

Michael C. McMillen, Lighthouse (Hotel New Empire), 2010, Mixed media with digital motion picture, 97 x 132 x 144 in., Courtesy of the artist and LA Louver, Venice, CA

Get inspired by MATRIX 171 artist Michael C. McMillen, then use parchment paper to construct your own imaginary cities…and light them up!

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

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
12
Sun
Film: Annie Hall
Apr 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

AnnieHall_1977_20a_WEBFilm: Annie Hall: Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditsy Annie Hall. Romantic Comedy. 1977. USA. 97 min. Rated PG. Directed by Woody Allen. Starring Diane Keaton, Woody Allen.

Joshua Glick, Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies at Hendrix College, will introduce the film and lead a post-film discussion.

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

Film: Sophie’s Choice
Apr 12 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Sophies_Choice_1982_6_webFilm: Sophie’s Choice: In 1947, the movie’s narrator Stingo, a young writer from the American South, travels to post WWII Brooklyn. He is befriended by Sophie, a beautiful Polish immigrant, and her lover, Nathan. Based on the bestselling novel by William Styron. 1982. USA. 150 min. Rated R. Directed by Alan J. Pakula. Starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter MacNicol.

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