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Upcoming Talks & Lectures

Jun
5
Fri
Gallery Talk: His & Hers of the Colt Collection
Jun 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
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Experimental “Enlarged Caliber” Belt Pistol, s.n. 3, 1858 Colt’s Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company, Hartford Caliber .40 in., barrel 5 1/2 in., overall length 11 in. Bequest of Elizabeth Hart Jarvis Colt, 1905.1008

Join curator Alyce Perry Englund as she celebrates the wedding anniversary of famed Hartford manufacturer Samuel Colt and his wife Elizabeth with a look at the couple’s firearms and art collection.

Free with admission; meet by the Museum Shop.

 

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
10
Fri
Member Morning: Peter Blume
Jul 10 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Member Morning: Peter Blume

Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast in the Museum Café, followed by a tour of two new exhibitions. Join Erin Monroe, Assistant Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, for an introduction to Blume’s works and those of his peers, including Alexander Calder, Arshile Gorky, and Yves Tanguy, who also resided in Northwestern Connecticut. Monroe will explore how this artistic circle exchanged ideas and how the rural environment of Connecticut directly impacted their work.

Museum members only. Not a member? Join or renew today! Reservations are required, call 860-838-4171. Enter via Avery Court on Atheneum Square North, accessible from Prospect Street.

Image: Peter Blume, Vegetable Dinner, 1927, Oil on canvas; 25 1/4 x 30 1/4 in. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. Art © The Educational Alliance, Inc./Estate of Peter Blume/Licensed by VAGA, New York

 

Jul
16
Thu
Gallery Talk: Peter Blume
Jul 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Gallery Talk: Peter Blume

Peter Blume, a leading modern American painter, lived in Sherman, Connecticut amidst an international artistic community. Hear curator Erin Monroe speak in the Peter Blume: Nature and Metamorphosis and Visions from Home: Surrealism in Connecticut exhibitions about how the environment in CT impacted Blume’s work and that of his friends and neighbors, including Alexander Calder and Arshile Gorky.

A free screening of the film Without Gorky follows at 1 pm.

Image: Peter Blume, The Italian Straw Hat, 1952, Oil on paper on board, 22 1/4 x 30 3/8 in. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT, 
The Schnakenberg Fund, 1955.32 Art © The Educational Alliance, Inc./Estate of Peter Blume/Licensed by VAGA, New York

 

Aug
6
Thu
Gallery Talk: The Dictator as a Monstrous Toy
Aug 6 @ 12:00 pm
Gallery Talk: The Dictator as a Monstrous Toy

Robin Jaffee Frank, Chief Curator and Krieble Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, will discuss Peter Blume’s politically charged 1936 painting The Eternal City and make visual and thematic comparisons to other works in the collection, from surrealism to contemporary art.

Free with museum admission; meet by the Museum Shop.

Image: Peter Blume, The Eternal City, 1934‑37, Oil on composition board, 34 x 47 7/8 in. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund, 1942, Art © The Educational Alliance, Inc./Estate of Peter Blume/Licensed by VAGA, New York

 

Aug
27
Thu
Gallery Talk: Analyzing Abstraction
Aug 27 @ 12:00 pm
Gallery Talk: Analyzing Abstraction

Johanna Miller, Kress Interpretive Fellow, will explore the different ways artists use abstraction in their work, from the minimalism of Mondrian, to the stylized portraits of Colonial America.

Free with museum admission; meet by the Museum Shop.

Image: Georgia O’Keeffe, The Lawrence Tree, 1929, Oil on canvas, The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1981.23

 

 

Sep
2
Wed
Contemporary Art Series: MATRIX Artists in Conversation
Sep 2 @ 6:00 pm

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of MATRIX, join us for a conversation with MATRIX 172 artist Mark Bradford and MATRIX 169 artist Ruben Ochoa.

Arrive early between 5 – 6 pm to view the Contemporary and MATRIX galleries, and attend a public reception.

This program is generously sponsored by the Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation.

 

Sep
10
Thu
Gallery Talk: A Curatorial Conversation
Sep 10 @ 12:00 pm
Gallery Talk: A Curatorial Conversation

Curators Erin Monroe and Oliver Tostmann will discuss the ways in which Peter Blume’s interest in Italian art and culture impacted his work.

Free with museum admission; meet by the Museum Shop.

Image: Peter Blume, The Italian Straw Hat, 1952, Oil on paper on board, 22 1/4 x 30 3/8 in. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT, 
The Schnakenberg Fund, 1955.32 Art © The Educational Alliance, Inc./Estate of Peter Blume/Licensed by VAGA, New York

 

Sep
24
Thu
Gallery Talk: Portrait Photography: Faces, Stories and Symbols
Sep 24 @ 12:00 pm

Look at different approaches to photographic portraiture with Director and CEO Susan Talbott. From the classical portraits of Irving Penn, Richard Avedon and Timothy Greenfield Sanders, to symbolic portraits by Patti Smith and John Coplans, and those that tell stories by Adrian Peper and Carrie Mae Weems, the exhibition examines social history, identity and race, and nostalgia for the traditional portraits that once defined photography.

Free with museum admission; meet by the Museum Shop.