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Jun
11
Sat
Juneteenth Family Day 2016: Power & Identity
Jun 11 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Juneteenth Family Day 2016
Power & Identity

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

Join us on June 11 for a free Juneteenth Family Day, and experience the transforming art of MATRIX 174 artist Vanessa German. Share a moment with the artist in Eye Contact is an Act of Love, followed by a procession of poetry, music, and dance. Museum admission is free during Juneteenth Family Day activities.

Performances & Music:
Eye Contact is an Act of Love | 11 am–1 pm | The Amistad Center, Pryor Gallery
Poetry Open Mic Hour | 1pm–2 pm | Avery Court
Power & Identity Procession | 3 pm–4 pm | Gengras Court

Snacks & More:
Freedom Trail Mix | 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm | Avery Court
Ice Cream for a Dream | Noon – 3 pm | Prospect Street (outside Avery entrance)

All-Day Family Activities:
Various hands-on art activities, workshops, and face painting take place all day!

Docent-Guided Tours:
Arts, Books, Connections (ABC) Tour | 10:30 am–11:30 am
Eyes on Art Family Tour | 11:30 am – noon
Collection Highlights Tour | 1 pm – 2 pm
Special Exhibition Tour: Gothic to Goth | 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

All tours meet by the Museum Shop.

 

Jun
29
Wed
The Evolution of Wonder
Jun 29 @ 6:00 pm

Art Talk
The Evolution of Wonder

5 pm | Public Reception & European Gallery Viewing
6 pm | Talk

What is “wonder”? And has our experience of wonder changed over time? Join Dartmouth Art History professor Joy Kenseth, curator of The Age of the Marvelous at the Hood Museum of Art*, and Harvard English professor Philip Fisher, author of Wonder, the Rainbow and the Aesthetics of Rare Experiences, for a discussion of the aesthetic and intellectual dimensions of “wonder” in encountering marvelous objects in art and nature, past and present.

*The Age of the Marvelous exhibition began at the Hood, then traveled to the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, the Museum of Fine Art Arts, Houston and the High Museum in Atlanta.

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Jun
30
Thu
Art & Film: Possession
Jun 30 @ 1:30 pm
Art & Film: Possession

Based on A.S. Byatt’s bestselling novel, two young scholars researching the lives of Victorian poets uncover a secret love affair.

USA/UK. 102 min. Rated PG-13. Directed by Neil LaBute.

 

Jul
9
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families: Make a Scene
Jul 9 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Museums are full of action and drama! Look at decorative arts, paintings and sculptures of people who might belong on stage, then put yourself into the scene. Museum admission is free during Second Saturdays activities.

econd 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., Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, and George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.

 

Jul
15
Fri
Member Morning: MATRIX 174
Jul 15 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast in the Museum Café, followed by a discussion of Vanessa German’s MATRIX 174 exhibition i come to do a violence to the lie with Emily Hall Tremaine Curator of Contemporary Art Patricia Hickson. Reservations required, call (860) 838-4171.

This event is open to Wadsworth Atheneum members only. Not a member? Join or renew today!

 

Jul
28
Thu
¡Fiestas Patrias Celebration!
Jul 28 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

In celebration of Fiestas Patrias, the Peruvian Independence Day, enjoy a reception in Gengras Court. Live music, Peruvian food and drink. Free and open to the public.

¡Fiestas Patrias Celebration! is supported by the Consulate General of Peru in Hartford.

 

Aug
13
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families: Gladiators & Gods
Aug 13 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families: Gladiators & Gods

During the summer Olympics, journey back to ancient Greece and Rome where the games began. Look at images of ancient gods and warriors, and create your own illustrated modern myth inspired by what you see. Museum admission is free during Second Saturdays activities.

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., Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, and George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.

Image: Psiax, Hydria, c. 525-510 BCE, Terracotta. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1961.8

 

Aug
19
Fri
Member Morning: The Human Touch
Aug 19 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast in the Museum Café, followed by a discussion of The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection with Marsted Fellow in Contemporary Art Eileen Doyle. Reservations required, call (860) 838-4171.

This event is open to Wadsworth Atheneum members only. Not a member? Join or renew today!

 

Sep
7
Wed
Art Talk: 18th Century Prints & Porcelain in Dialogue
Sep 7 @ 6:00 pm
Art Talk: 18th Century Prints & Porcelain in Dialogue

Art Talk: Eighteenth-Century Prints & Porcelain in Dialogue
5 pm | Exhibition Viewing & Public Reception
6 pm | Talk

Vanessa Sigalas, former Dangremond Research Fellow for European Art and Decorative Arts, and curator of the exhibition Miniature World in White Gold: Meissen Porcelain by Johann Joachim Kaendler, investigates the relationship between prints and porcelain through the work of Kaendler and printmaker William Hogarth. Free and open to the public.

Presented in collaboration with The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.

Image: Meissen Porcelain Factory, Model by Johann Joachim Kaendler, Writing cavalier, c. 1740, Hard-paste porcelain, Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917.143

 

Sep
10
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families: Human Nature
Sep 10 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

What do portraits say about a person’s character and life? Take a look at the people represented in the special exhibition The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection, and make a multimedia portrait that describes you. Museum admission is free during Second Saturdays activities.

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., Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, and George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.