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Aug
4
Tue
Museum Closed
Aug 4 all-day

The museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

More information about hours and admission is available here.

Aug
5
Wed
Tour: Highlights
Aug 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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

Highlights Tours are offered Wednesday through Sunday at 1 pm and are free with admission.

 

Aug
6
Thu
Gallery Talk: The Dictator as a Monstrous Toy
Aug 6 @ 12:00 pm
Gallery Talk: The Dictator as a Monstrous Toy

Robin Jaffee Frank, Chief Curator and Krieble Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, will discuss Peter Blume’s politically charged 1936 painting The Eternal City and make visual and thematic comparisons to other works in the collection, from surrealism to contemporary art.

Free with museum admission; meet by the Museum Shop.

Image: Peter Blume, The Eternal City, 1934‑37, Oil on composition board, 34 x 47 7/8 in. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund, 1942, Art © The Educational Alliance, Inc./Estate of Peter Blume/Licensed by VAGA, New York

 

Tour: Highlights
Aug 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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

Highlights Tours are offered Wednesday through Sunday at 1 pm and are free with admission.

 

First Thursday Block Party: ONE LOVE!
Aug 6 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The party is back outside on the Alfred E. Burr McManus Memorial (AKA Burr Ball) this month between the museum and City Hall, for live Caribbean music, body art by Amazing Face Art, complimentary snacks, Reggae dance lessons, and more! Music for the evening includes De Four Ah Wee Steel Drum Band, the Hartford Hot Several, and a special appearance by the latest sensation, boy band NK5, presented by Maurice Starr and Joe Young Studios.

Film at 8 pm: Selma

$5 general admission; FREE for members! August First Thursday is also FREE for Hartford residents!

In collaboration with Taste of the Caribbean & Jerk Festival. Special thanks to Gary Carter.

First Thursday After Hours: Join us the first Thursday of every month for extended exhibition hours, music, cocktails, food, art activities, a film & more!

The Wadsworth Atheneum acknowledges the permission of the Trustees of the Ella Burr McManus Trust for use of the Burr Mall.

 

Selma
Aug 6 @ 8:00 pm
Selma

The story of Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights by means of an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.

2014. USA. 128 min. Rated PG-13. Directed by Ava DuVernay. Starring David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo. Watch the trailer.

Free with admission to First Thursday Block Party: ONE LOVE!

Aug
7
Fri
Tour: Highlights
Aug 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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

Highlights Tours are offered Wednesday through Sunday at 1 pm and are free with admission.

 

Aug
8
Sat
Second Saturdays: Be Abstract
Aug 8 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Second Saturdays: Be Abstract

Abstract art is hard to define, but it’s imaginative, radical, and free! Get your inspiration from Abstract Expressionists like Jackson Pollock and make your own abstract and expressive work. Listen to world music by Jordan Critchley and express yourself in sound at a drum circle!

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: Helen Frankenthaler, Sea Picture with Black, 1959, Oil on canvas, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Gift of Susan Morse Hilles, 1961.7

 

Tour: Highlights
Aug 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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

Highlights Tours are offered Wednesday through Sunday at 1 pm and are free with admission.

 

Tour: Peter Blume
Aug 8 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Tour: Peter Blume

Join a museum docent for a tour of Peter Blume: Nature and Metamorphosis.

Free with admission; meet by the Museum Shop.