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Oct
17
Tue
Museum Closed
Oct 17 all-day

The museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

More information about hours and admission is available here.

Oct
18
Wed
Art in Focus
Oct 18 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Spend 20 minutes exploring A Thunderstorm on Lake Chiemsee (1833) by Georg Crola in depth with a docent.

Free with museum admission, meet by the Museum Shop.

Tour: Highlights
Oct 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join a docent for a Highlights Tour of the permanent collection. Meet by the Museum Shop.

Free with museum admission.

 

Oct
19
Thu
Tour: Highlights
Oct 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join a docent for a Highlights Tour of the permanent collection. Meet by the Museum Shop.

Free with museum admission.

 

Art Talk: The Invention of the American Art Museum, 1870-1930
Oct 19 @ 6:00 pm

The Invention of the American Art Museum
5pm | Exhibition Viewing & Public Reception
6pm | Lecture

Kathleen Curran, professor of art history at Trinity College, examines the origins and rise of art museums in the United States around 1900. Free and open to the public.

 

The Invention of the American Art Museum is supported by the Trinity College Art History Department and the Decorative Arts Council of the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Oct
20
Fri
Day Art Tour: Cedar Grove & Olana
Oct 20 all-day

Day Art Tours are organized by the Women’s Committee of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

Cedar Grove and Olana—RSVP deadline extended to 10/13

Enjoy beautiful fall foliage in the Hudson River Valley and relive American history with docent guided tours of the homes and grounds of two of America’s best known Hudson River School artists: Thomas Cole and Frederic Church. Take in the majestic and awe-inspiring vistas that were once the inspiration for these great landscape painters while hearing about their life stories.

Our first stop is the Federal-style house at Cedar Grove, now a National Historic Site and the former home of Thomas Cole. Our guide will take us though the main house and charming Old Studio. Please note that the house has numerous steps and does not have an elevator. We will also visit Cole’s “New Studio,” originally built in 1846 according to Thomas Cole’s own design. Currently on display in the “New Studio” is the special exhibition Sanford R. Gifford in the Catskills. Gifford was a second generation Hudson River School artist whose work was inspired by Thomas Cole; the exhibition features about 20 paintings of the Catskills that are on loan from institutions including the Yale University Art Gallery, Harvard University Art Museum, and Portland Museum of Art, as well as private collections including those of the artist’s descendants.

Our next stop will be for lunch at nearby Frank Guido’s Port of Call Restaurant. Soft drinks, coffee, tea, and Italian Cookies are included.

After lunch we will visit Olana, the grand estate of Frederic Edwin Church. Working together with architect Calvert Vaux, Church helped to design and site this palatial Persian-style home overlooking the Hudson River Valley and the foothills of the Catskill Mountains where Church and his teacher, Thomas Cole, sketched for more than a decade.

After our guided tour of this amazing house, we will have ample time to explore the Museum Shop and enjoy our picturesque surroundings.

$127; $117 Members, includes transportation, admission, guided tour, lunch, and gratuities.

Click here for more information, access to the registration form, and the full Fall 2017 Day Art Tours schedule.

 

Gallery Talk: MATRIX 178
Oct 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

In his short film Denis the Pirate, MATRIX 178 artist Sam Messer’s energetic drawings and etchings animate Dennis Johnson’s vignettes about a ruthless pirate. Join curator Patricia Hickson for a guided visit of Messer’s film and installation.

Free with museum admission; meet by the Museum Shop.

 

Tour: Highlights
Oct 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join a docent for a Highlights Tour of the permanent collection. Meet by the Museum Shop.

Free with museum admission.

 

Oct
21
Sat
Tour: Highlights
Oct 21 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join a docent for a Highlights Tour of the permanent collection. Meet by the Museum Shop.

Free with museum admission.

 

Tour: Highlights
Oct 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join a docent for a Highlights Tour of the permanent collection. Meet by the Museum Shop.

Free with museum admission.