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May
1
Fri
Fine Art & Flowers
May 1 – May 3 all-day
Fine Art & Flowers, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet Painting in his Garden at Argenteuil, 1873

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet Painting in his Garden at Argenteuil, 1873

Celebrate spring at the 34th Annual Fine Art & Flowers! View floral arrangements and garden designs inspired by artworks in the collection showcased throughout the galleries. In addition to the arrangements, enjoy special programs and events, including a marketplace with local vendors.

Please note: a $3 fundraising surcharge is added to all admission prices during Fine Art & Flowers.

The 34th Annual Fine Art & Flowers is presented by the Women’s Committee of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. All proceeds from this event help fund the museum’s special exhibitions, educational programs, and operating expenses.

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

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.

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

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 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.

Oct
10
Sat
Second Saturdays: The Great Chain of Being
Oct 10 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

MATRIX 173 artist Mark Dion uses art to make a chain of living things from amphibians and reptiles to monsters and deities. Put it all together in a wild diorama!

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.

Nov
14
Sat
Second Saturdays: Objects of Wonder
Nov 14 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Did you know we have ostrich eggs, nautilus shells, and amber at the museum? Find your way to our forthcoming Cabinet of Art and Curiosities (opening September 19) and see how natural forms are transformed into wondrous works of art. Watch demonstrations of goldsmithing and carving and stay for a performance by the Hartt School of Music.

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.

Dec
12
Sat
Second Saturdays: Art Holiday
Dec 12 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Celebrate world holiday traditions at the Wadsworth Atheneum during our annual Festival of Trees and Traditions. Make ornaments inspired by the collections that celebrate Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Three Kings Day.

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.

Jan
9
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families
Jan 9 @ 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.