Upcoming Talks & Lectures
Celebrate the opening of our newly restored galleries, featuring Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland and the first reinstallation of our Post-War and Contemporary Art collections in nearly 20 years!
Enjoy special tours, films, art-making activities, and more!
FREE ADMISSION for Hartford residents with valid ID thanks to The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation. Regular admission prices apply for non-Hartford residents.
ALL DAY: Audio tours for Coney Island and Post-War & Contemporary Art
- 10:30 am: Tour, ABCs: Art, Books, Connections
- 11 am – 2 pm: Pop Up at Coney Island! Art-making Activity with Nina Goodale-Salazar
- 11 am – 3 pm: Films: Coney Island & Rube and Mandy at Coney Island - FREE POPCORN!
- 11:30 am: Tour, Eyes on Art
- Noon: Gallery Talk, MATRIX 171 artist Michael C. McMillen
- 1 pm: Tour, Contemporary Art
- 2:30 pm: Tour, Coney Island
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Members are invited to a Member Preview on Friday, January 30, from 5 to 7:30 pm.
Learn more about the museum’s new galleries.
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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Jerry Saltz 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. Saltz is an electrifying speaker known for his passionate opinions and insight about contemporary art.
The Emily Hall Tremaine Lecture in Contemporary Art is supported in part by The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation Fund.
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.
Celebrate the legacy of actor Sidney Poitier during this three-day film series!
Opening Night – Thursday, February 19
- 5:30 pm, Reception & Book Signing: Poitier Revisited: Reconsidering a Black Icon in the Obama Age, edited by Ian Gregory Strachan and Mia Mask.
- 6:30 pm, Discussion: Join us for a discussion about the extraordinary life and work of Sidney Poitier with Mia Mask, Associate Professor of Film at Vassar College; Ian Gregory Strachan, Vice President of Advancement and Professor of English at The College of The Bahamas; and Film and Theater Curator Deborah Gaudet, followed by a screening of In the Head of the Night.
- 7 pm, In the Heat of the Night: While traveling in the Deep South, Virgil Tibbs, a Black Philadelphia homicide detective, becomes unwittingly embroiled in the murder investigation of a prominent white businessman when he is first accused of the crime and then asked to solve it. 1967. USA. 109 min. Not Rated. Directed by Norman Jewison. Starring Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger.
Opening Night admission is $15/$10 members, Insider Access and above. Regular film admission prices apply to single films on Saturday and Sunday. Purchase a series ticket and SAVE (includes Opening Night and all films on Saturday/Sunday): $40/$30 members/$10 Insider Access and above.
Purchase tickets online or call (860) 838-4100 Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 4:30 pm.
Saturday, February 21
Regular film admission prices apply to single films
- 11 am, Edge of the City: Two New York City longshoremen’s growing friendship is threatened by a notably repellent punk. 1957. USA. 85 min. Not Rated. B&W. Directed by Martin Ritt. Starring Sidney Poitier, John Cassavetes.
- 12:30 pm, The Defiant Ones: Two escaped convicts chained together – one Black and the other white — must learn to get along in order to elude capture. 1958. USA. 96 min. Rated PG. B&W. Directed by Stanley Kramer. Starring Sidney Poitier, Tony Curtis.
- 2:15 pm, A Raisin in the Sun: Based on Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking award-winning play, this socially conscious drama tells of a struggling African American family, raised on the South Side of Chicago by a strong, proud matriarch. 1961. USA. 128 min. Not Rated. B&W. Directed by Daniel Petrie. Starring Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee.
- 4:30 pm, Lilies of the Field: In this comedic drama, a traveling handyman becomes the answer to the prayers of nuns who wish to build a chapel in the desert. 1963. USA. 94 min. Not Rated. Directed by Ralph Nelson. Starring Sidney Poitier, Lilia Skala.
- 7 pm, Patch of Blue: A blind, uneducated young woman is befriended by a man, who becomes determined to help her escape her impoverished and abusive home life. 1965. USA. 105 min. Not Rated. Directed by Guy Green. Starring Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters.
Sunday, February 22
Regular film admission prices apply to single films
- 2 pm, To Sir with Love: An idealistic engineer decides to take a teaching position until he is able to get an engineering job and ends up with a class of rough students from the slums of London. 1967. UK. 105 min. Not Rated. Directed by James Clavell. Starring Sidney Poitier, Lulu.
- 4 pm, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: A couple’s racial attitudes are challenged when their daughter brings home a fiancé who is Black. 1967. USA. 108 min. Not Rated. Directed by Stanley Kramer. Starring Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy.
Guess Who’s Coming to the Atheneum: A Celebration of Sidney Poitier is presented with The Amistad Center for Art & Culture.
Coney Island Symposium: An Intersection of Art & Identity: This interdisciplinary symposium will investigate major themes and questions central to the exhibition Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland. Continental breakfast and lunch included.
The day begins with a keynote address by Robin Jaffee Frank, Exhibition Curator and Chief Curator, followed by a series of intriguing panel discussions including:
- Nightmares and Fantasies: Painting Coney Island, a conversation among artists represented in the exhibition
- Race and Identity at Coney Island, held in collaboration with The Amistad Center for Art & Culture
- Coney Island on the Silver Screen, exploring Coney Island’s starring role in cinema
Panelists include: DAZE, Arnold Mesches, Marie Roberts, Frederick Brosen, Joseph Koerner, Olivia White, Robert E. Steele, Sarah Lewis, Davarian Baldwin, Robyn Autry, Charles Denson, Joshua Glick, Nick Carr, and Charles Musser.
Combo Ticket Discount
Purchase a combination ticket for the Coney Island Circus Sideshow and the Symposium and SAVE!
Talk: Flying Horses: The History of the Carousel: In conjunction with Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, Andrew Miller of the New England Carousel Museum discusses Europe’s first carousels, which were used to train knights, and shares how they evolved into the world’s most popular ride.
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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.