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May Director’s Message

Dear Friends,

As we slowly start to feel spring in the air, let me remind you to visit the Wadsworth Atheneum this weekend and discover a museum bursting with color and life.

A perennial delight, Fine Art & Flowers is near to our hearts. Begun in the early 1980s by the museum’s Women’s Committee, it is still thriving in this, its 36th year. April 28–30, the galleries will be brightened by more than 40 floral designs inspired by great works in the Atheneum’s collection. Joining the Women’s Committee volunteers are about 50 floral designers, all focused on creating this celebration of creativity and connecting their enthusiasm for flowers with the museum for your enjoyment. Bring a friend, and check out the arranging demonstrations or any of the events happening around this special spring tradition.

Also this May, we unveil an exciting exhibition made possible by a pair of extraordinary loans from the Museum of Modern Art. Hand-Painted Pop! Art and Appropriation, 1961 to Now begins with two paintings—Roy Lichtenstein’s Girl with Ball and Andy Warhol’s Water Heater—created in 1961 at the advent of Pop art. The show traces the evolution and legacy of the movement to the present day with masterpieces from our collection and special lenders, while it raises intriguing questions about the ways artists borrow from across earlier art and contemporary culture. Adjacent to the Pop show, Simply Splendid (opening May 13) highlights America’s earlier design history. Drawing on the museum’s exceptional holdings in this area, the exhibition will reintroduce you to the breadth and quality of the Atheneum’s American decorative arts collection through a variety of remarkable objects, many of which have not been on view for some time.

There is much to come this summer: Mother’s Day brunch, Opera in the galleries, family events, a Pop-Up Bar, our next MATRIX installation, and more.

Looking forward to seeing you soon and often,

Thomas J. Loughman
Director and CEO