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

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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. Invite your friends!

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

 

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

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 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.

Image: Peter Blume, Landscape with Poppies, 1939, Oil on canvas, 18 x 25 1/8 in. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, 1941, Art © The Educational Alliance, Inc./Estate of Peter Blume/Licensed by VAGA, New York

 

Sep
19
Sat
Grand Reopening & Community Day!
Sep 19 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Grand Reopening & Community Day!

Celebrate the completion of the Wadsworth Atheneum’s 5-year renovation, and the unveiling of newly renovated European art galleries!

Step back in time and explore the museum’s amazing history through immersive theatrical performances, live music, and art-making. We will welcome a variety of talented community partners to help us mark this momentous occasion, including the Imposters Impersonating History, plein air painter Elizabeth Rhoades, the Hartt Symphony Orchestra, designer Katrina Orsini, Kinetic Dreams, Trashion Fashion, and more! Museum admission is free all day.

Presented in partnership with Envisionfest Hartford.

Image: James Welling, Morgan Great Hall, 2015, Inkjet print, Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner, New York/London

 

Oct
4
Sun
Art & Curiosity Cabinets: Historical & Contemporary Perspectives
Oct 4 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

2 pm | Gallery Talk
2:30-3 pm | Gallery Viewing & Public Reception
3-4 pm | Introduction to Cabinets of Art & Curiosity with Mark Meadow
5:15-5:30 pm | Panel Discussion

Art & Curiosity Cabinets from the 16th and 17th centuries are reflections of their society and culture, inspiring us to think about how objects are displayed in light of our human curiosity and understanding.

This program begins with a gallery talk by MATRIX 173 artist Mark Dion, whose work questions conventional systems of arrangement in both art and science museums. Mark Meadow, Professor of History of Art and Architecture at the University of California, Santa Barbara, then introduce audiences to the traditional European phenomenon of Art & Curiosity Cabinets as precursors to the modern museum. His presentation will be followed by a panel discussion about ideas behind categorizing, museum display and the underlying impulse of curiosity.

Panelists include:
Mark Dion, MATRIX 173 artist
Bruce Robertson, Professor of History of Art and Architecture, University of California, Santa Barbara
Janet Browne, Department Chair and Aramont Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University

This program is sponsored by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and further supported by the Decorative Arts Council of the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Oct
9
Fri
Motets, Madrigals, and Moresche by Orlando di Lasso
Oct 9 @ 5:00 pm

5-6:30 pm | European Gallery Viewing and Public Reception
6:30 pm | Pre-concert Talk by Eric Rice, Chair, Department of Music at University of Connecticut & Director of Ensemble Origo
7:30 pm | Concert by Ensemble Origo

Hans Mülich, Outdoor Banquet, 1548, Oil on panel, The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1949.199

Hans Mülich, Outdoor Banquet, 1548, Oil on panel, The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1949.199

In 1568 Duke Wilhelm V of Bavaria married Renata of Lorraine, and the ensuing celebration occupied the Munich court for nearly a week. The renowned composer Orlando di Lasso was charged with planning the music and theater for the occasion, including a series of commedia dell’arte presentations. His 1581 Libro di Villanelle contains a number of works whose texts are associated with the commedia dell’arte, and Massimo Troiano’s 1658 Dialoghi relates many details of the proceedings. Taken together, these works allow for a reconstruction of some of the elaborate music that followed the wedding, including several madrigals and six moresche, carnivalesque Neapolitan dance-songs that represent the speech of African slaves. The music—performed by singers, recorders, sackbuts, and violas da gamba—invites us to consider race relations, commerce, and their effects on the culture of early modern Naples and Munich.

Ensemble Origo is an early music ensemble directed by Connecticut-based musicologist and conductor Eric Rice. Its aim is to present vibrant performances of early music (from the Middle Ages through the Baroque) that reflect the context in which the repertory was originally produced and heard. The ensemble draws on a roster of professional musicians from Connecticut as well as Boston and New York.

Seating will be limited!

This program is sponsored by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Oct
10
Sat
Second Saturdays: The Great Chain of Being
Oct 10 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

MATRIX 173 artist Mark Dion uses art to make a chain of living things from amphibians and reptiles to monsters and deities. Meet some of the Connecticut Science Center’s invertebrate and reptilian friends and then make a wild diorama of your own!

Please note that this program’s regular time has changed due to the Hartford Marathon, and that this month, museum admission is free all day long!

Presented in collaboration with the Connecticut Science Center.

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
1:30  – 2 pm , Eyes on Art Family Tour
2 – 3 pm, Ask About Art

Second Saturdays for Families is funded by Aetna. Additional support provided by the J. Walton Bissell Foundation, Inc., and the George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.

Oct
29
Thu
Art on Film: Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol
Oct 29 @ 1:00 pm

A look at the life, work, and impact of Andy Warhol, artist and pop icon.

Documentary. 1990. USA. 87 min. Not Rated. Directed by Chuck Workman.

Web-Superstar

All showtimes:
Thursday, October 29 at 1 pm*
Sunday, November 1 at 4 pm

Admission:
Free admission to film

*Join curator Patricia Hickson before the film, at noon, for a tour of Warhol & Mapplethorpe: Guise & Dolls. Museum admission applies to guests attending the gallery talk.

Oct
30
Fri
Member Morning: European Masters
Oct 30 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Members, enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast in the Museum Café, followed by a tour of the newly renovated Beaux-Arts Morgan Memorial Building. A centerpiece of this presentation will be the museum’s new treasure, Artemisia Gentileschi’s Self-Portrait as a Lute Player (1616-18). Join Oliver Tostmann, Susan Morse Hilles Curator of European Art, for a fdiscussion of select works from the Wadsworth Atheneum’s collection of European masters.

Museum members only. Reservations required; call (860) 838-4171. Enter via Avery Court, from Prospect St. on Atheneum Square North.

Not a member? Join or renew today!

Nov
1
Sun
Art on Film: Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol
Nov 1 @ 4:00 pm

A look at the life, work, and impact of Andy Warhol, artist and pop icon.

Documentary. 1990. USA. 87 min. Not Rated. Directed by Chuck Workman.

Web-Superstar

All showtimes:
Thursday, October 29 at 1 pm*
Sunday, November 1 at 4 pm

Admission:
Free admission to film

*Join curator Patricia Hickson before the film, at noon, for a tour of Warhol & Mapplethorpe: Guise & Dolls. Museum admission applies to guests attending the gallery talk.

 

Nov
4
Wed
Conversation: Working with Andy Warhol
Nov 4 @ 5:00 pm

The Emily Hall Tremaine Lecture in Contemporary Art
Conversation: Working with Andy Warhol

5-6:30 pm | Guise & Dolls Exhibition Viewing & Public Reception
6:30 pm | Conversation & Book Signing

Andy Warhol’s Factory attracted a great number of artists and entrepreneurs. Join Christopher Makos, artist and Altered Image series collaborator, Bob Colacello, former editor of Warhol’s Interview magazine and author of Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up, and Vincent Fremont, Vice President and Executive Manager of the Andy Warhol Studio and a founding director of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., for a candid conversation about their personal and professional relationships with Andy Warhol.

This lecture is supported in part by The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation Fund.