The Wadsworth Atheneum’s history of presenting outdoor sculpture on its Hartford grounds dates back nearly 100 years.
Join us as we celebrate a storied past and an exciting present, with the installation of the immense Monolith (Optic) by Conrad Shawcross—as part of his MATRIX 179 project—on the museum’s Main Street lawn. Another public sculpture, the towering 30 (2018) by Sean Scully created in anticipation of his forthcoming Landline exhibition, will follow soon.
These new additions will be situated among other notable sculptural features in Hartford’s downtown, including Tony Smith’s Amaryllis (1965), Alexander Calder’s Stegosaurus (1973) on the Alfred E. Burr Memorial, and Carl Andre’s Stone Field Sculpture (1977) along the north edge of the Center Church’s Ancient Burial Ground. An installation celebrating the enduring legacy of outdoor sculpture in Hartford will be on view adjacent to MATRIX 179.
Schedule of Events
1:30-6pm | Make Music Hartford Day
Hartford-based musicians kinds play on the front lawn as part of the global Make Music Day event, presented in Hartford by the Greater Hartford Arts Council.
3-5pm | Outdoor Art Activity
Help build a communal sculpture with Build-It Disks.
4-5pm | Ask About Art: Sculpture
Talk with docents at sculptures inside and outside of the museum.
5-6pm | MATRIX 179 Opening Reception
Be the first to experience Conrad Shawcross’s MATRIX 179 exhibition.
6pm | MATRIX Gallery Talk
Artist Conrad Shawcross discusses MATRIX 179, his first museum exhibition in the Americas.
All outdoor programs plus the MATRIX 179 Opening Reception and Gallery Talk are free and open to the public. Guests heading inside to visit the galleries prior to 4pm will be charged regular museum admission.
IMAGE: Conrad Shawcross, Monolith (Optic), 2016, Stainless and galvanized steel.
Join a docent for a tour of 3 artworks in 30 minutes. This tour will focus on French artworks in the museum’s collection.
Free with museum admission or your ticket to Food & Film: Back to Burgundy.
Located two miles from the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford’s West End, the Austin House, a National Historic Landmark, is the largest object in the Wadsworth Atheneum’s collection and is the former home of A. Everett “Chick” Austin, Jr., the museum’s director from 1927–1944. Click here for a complete description and photos of the house.
With a $25 contribution to the Sarah Goodwin Austin Memorial Fund, guests are invited to visit the Austin House and also receive same-day admission to the Wadsworth Atheneum. Advance reservations are required, and groups are limited to 12 visitors. Guests will meet their docent at the Austin House, located at 130 Scarborough Street, Hartford.
Parking is available in the driveway in front of the house. Restroom facilities are not available at the Austin House, and guests are encouraged to plan in advance for their comfort.
To protect the carpeting and floor, guests will be provided with flexible shoe covers, or may remove their shoes at the front door. Due to its unusual architecture, the house is not wheelchair accessible and there is no elevator service to the second floor. Verbally-descriptive tours of non-accessible areas of the house are available with a reservation at least three weeks in advance.
Reserve Your Visit:
Austin House visits are arranged on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 3:00 pm, and on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 3:00 pm.
Thursdays: Call (860) 838-4046 at least 24 hours in advance.
Saturdays: Call (860) 838-4046 at least 48 hours in advance.
If available, “day-of” reservations may be made in-person at the Wadsworth.
Join a docent for a 3-in-30 Highlights Tour—that’s three works of art to explore in 30 minutes!
Museum admission is free after 4pm. Meet by the Museum Shop.