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Jun
21
Thu
Make Music Hartford
Jun 21 all-day

Free. Music. Everywhere.

Hartford will join hundreds of cities worldwide on the longest day of the year to celebrate Make Music Day, coordinated by the Greater Hartford Arts Council. Musicians of all kinds will put on free concerts throughout the city, including the front lawn of the Wadsworth Atheneum and The Amistad Center for Art & Culture.

Stop by to listen and enjoy! Visit makemusicday.org/hartford for more information.

Sculpture Celebration
Jun 21 all-day

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.

2-4pm | Sculpture Demonstration
With Peter Kirkiles

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.

 

Jul
11
Wed
Happy Hour & Talk
Jul 11 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Irreverence Abroad: Frederic Church & Mark Twain in the Holy Land

Join James Golden of the Mark Twain House for drinks and snacks, and learn what happened when Hartford-born painter Frederic Church and Mark Twain journeyed to the Holy Land.

Free admission; happy hour concessions available for purchase.

Presented in collaboration with The Mark Twain House & Museum, in conjunction with the special exhibition Frederic Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage.

 

Jul
14
Sat
Second Saturdays: Take a Journey
Jul 14 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Second Saturdays for Families:
Take a Journey

Use your imagination to travel the world! Create your own travel sketchbook and talk to a docent about the adventures of artist Frederic Church. Museum admission is free during Second Saturdays activities.

Free Family Tours:
ABCs: Art, Books, Connections, 10:30–11am
Ask About Art, 11am–noon
Eyes on Art Family Tour, 11:30am–noon

 

Second Saturdays for Families is funded by Aetna. Additional support is provided by the Tinty Foundation; the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; and the George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of American, N.A., and Alan S. Parker, Co-Trustees. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.

 

Aug
11
Sat
Second Saturdays: Family Time
Aug 11 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Second Saturdays for Families:
Family Time

Enjoy family time at the Wadsworth Atheneum! Learn about a historic Hartford family, take a family tour, and work as a team to build an enormous outdoor sculpture. Museum admission is free during Second Saturdays activities.

Free Family Tours:
ABCs: Art, Books, Connections, 10:30–11am
Ask About Art, 11am–noon
Eyes on Art Family Tour, 11:30am–noon

 

Second Saturdays for Families is funded by Aetna. Additional support is provided by the Tinty Foundation; the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; and the George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of American, N.A., and Alan S. Parker, Co-Trustees. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.

 

Sep
8
Sat
Second Saturdays: Lots of Lines
Sep 8 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Second Saturdays for Families:
Lots of Lines

See how artists use lines to create a calm, excited, or mysterious mood. Explore new materials and create your own line-filled masterpiece to take home. Museum admission is free during Second Saturdays activities.

Free Family Tours:
ABCs: Art, Books, Connections, 10:30–11am
Ask About Art, 11am–noon
Eyes on Art Family Tour, 11:30am–noon

 

Second Saturdays for Families is funded by Aetna. Additional support is provided by the Tinty Foundation; the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; and the George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of American, N.A., and Alan S. Parker, Co-Trustees. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.