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May
6
Wed
Contemporary Art Series: Hank Willis Thomas: History Doesn’t Laugh
May 6 @ 6:00 pm
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Hank Willis Thomas

Due to construction on Atheneum Square North, please enter the museum through the Avery entrance from Prospect Street. Directions and Parking.

One of the most provocative and innovative conceptual artists of today, Hank Willis Thomas discusses the impact of photography on his work and explores how the concepts of spectacle and display connect to notions of African American identity and commodification.

Arrive early between 5 and 6 pm to view the reinstalled Contemporary Art galleries and attend a public reception.

Free and open to the public.

Facebook event here.

About Hank Willis Thomas
Hank Willis Thomas is a photo conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history, and popular culture. He received a BFA in Photography and Africana studies from New York University and his MFA/MA in Photography and Visual Criticism from the California College of Arts. Thomas’ monograph, Pitch Blackness, was published by Aperture in 2008. He has exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad including, Galerie Anne De Villepoix in Paris, Annarumma 404 in Milan, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and Galerie Henrik Springmann in Berlin, among others.

Hank Willis Thomas, Basketball and Chain, 2003, digital c-print photograph, Gift of Jean Crutchfield and Robert Hobbs in honor of Susan Talbott, 2014.14.1

Hank Willis Thomas, Basketball and Chain, 2003, digital c-print photograph, Gift of Jean Crutchfield and Robert Hobbs in honor of Susan Talbott, 2014.14.1

Thomas’ work is in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Guggenheim Museum; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Brooklyn Museum; the High Museum of Art; and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. His collaborative projects have been featured at the Sundance Film Festival and installed publicly at the Oakland International Airport; the Birmingham International Airport; the Oakland Museum of California; and the University of California, San Francisco.

Recent notable exhibitions include Hank Willis Thomas at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Strange Fruit at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Picture Windows: Hank Willis Thomas in collaboration with Sanford Biggers at the International Center for Photography, and the Istanbul Biennial. Thomas is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City and Goodman Gallery in South Africa.

Contemporary Art Series
Thursday, April 23, 6 pm | MATRIX Artists in Conversation: Michael McMillen & Betye Saar

The Contemporary Art Series is generously sponsored by the Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation.

The Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation

 

May
8
Fri
Teen Night & Open Mic
May 8 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

may-8---teen-night-and-open-mic-flyerJoin us for Teen Night and Open Mic and make art, play games, eat free food, and enjoy performances by teen musicians, poets, actors and more!

Explore our reinstalled Contemporary Art galleries and Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland.

Admission is FREE for all high school students with ID.

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

 

May
9
Sat
Second Saturdays: A Coney Island Carnival
May 9 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
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Marie Roberts, A Congress of Curious Peoples, 2005, acrylic on unstretched canvas, Collection of Liz and Marc Hartzman

Surround yourself with the sights and sounds of Coney Island depicted in Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland as you meet magicians, fortune-tellers, glass-eaters and muscle men! Make a banner to take him with Coney Island’s artist-in-residence Marie Roberts.

Film screening in Aetna Theater: This Side of Dreamland (2014, 14 min.), co-directed by Josh Glick and Patrick Reagan. An evocative portrait of Coney Island banner painter Marie Roberts. The film follows Marie as she shares her unique artistic craft, her deep familial ties to the area, and her unceasing love for the cultural landscape.

Visit our neighbors at the Hartford Public Library to see more performers and pick up a FREE children’s book!

The Wadsworth Atheneum thanks the Ella Burr McManus Trust for the use of the Alfred E. Burr Mall as a location for today’s program. Presented with the Hartford Public Library.

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.

 

May
12
Tue
Coney Island Conversation at NYPL
May 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Coney Island Conversation at NYPL

Take the opportunity to visit the New York Public Library for a conversation inspired by Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008. Guests will hear firsthand from Robin Jaffee Frank, the Wadsworth Atheneum’s Chief Curator and Krieble Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, Terry Carbone, the Andrew W. Mellon Curator of American Art at the Brooklyn Museum, Charles Denson, Executive Director of the Coney Island History Project, Charles Musser, Profesor of Film & Media Studies at Yale University, and special guest artist Red Grooms. The panel will discuss the allure and excitement of Coney Island, which occupies not only a strip of sand in Brooklyn, but also a singular place in the American imagination.

This event takes place at the New York Public Library.

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

 

May
20
Wed
Art Museum Day Observed
May 20 all-day

In honor of the Association of Art Museum Directors‘ annual Art Museum Day, enjoy FREE GENERAL ADMISSION from 11 am to 5 pm on Wednesday, May 20.

 

May
21
Thu
Talk & Book Signing with Hayden Herrera
May 21 @ 6:00 pm

listening to stoneAuthor Hayden Herrera discusses her book, Listening to Stone: The Art and Life of Isamu Noguchi, an authoritative biography of one of the 20th century’s most important sculptors.

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

Free and open to the public.

 

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

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 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.

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

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 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.