Events


Events & Daily Programming

*Admission to lectures is complimentary with the purchase of a Daily Admission Ticket. Seating is on a first-come basis.


2016 Calendar

Thursday, January 21

5:00-9:00 pm

Opening Night Party

Open the social season with a glamorous night of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and the “best of the best” in fine and decorative arts from around the world. All ticket sales and net proceeds benefit East Side House Settlement in the South Bronx.

Opening Night Party

Friday, January 22

11:00 am

Group Event

VIP Tour & Lunch

Your group will enjoy early entry to the show, a tour of show highlights led by one of our prestigious exhibitors, and a catered lunch in the historic Board of Officers Room, designed by Herter Brothers. Following lunch your group is free to explore the show and visit the 2016 Loan Exhibition, Legacy for the Future: Wadsworth Atheneum of Art. Please contact Helen Kippax (Helenkippax1@gmail.com) for reservations. Reservations subject to availability.

12:00 PM

Show Opens to the Public

Saturday, January 23

11:00 am

Group Event

VIP Tour & Lunch

Your group will enjoy early entry to the show, a tour of show highlights led by one of our prestigious exhibitors, and a catered lunch in the historic Board of Officers Room, designed by Herter Brothers. Following lunch your group is free to explore the show, attend the 2:00 PM Loan Exhibition Lecture, and visit the 2016 Loan Exhibition, Legacy for the Future: Wadsworth Atheneum of Art. Please contact Helen Kippax (Helenkippax1@gmail.com) for reservations. Reservations subject to availability.

2:00 pm

Loan Exhibition Lecture Series

MATRIX Mash-Up: Contemporary Artists and the Wadsworth Atheneum's Collections

Patricia Hickson
Emily Hall Tremaine Curator of Contemporary Art, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Contemporary artists are typically well-educated on the history of art. In fact, many create work in direct response to important works in storied collections like the Wadsworth Atheneum’s. MATRIX, the museum’s project-based series of solo exhibitions of contemporary art since 1975, has featured numerous artists who have been inspired to build exhibitions in dialogue with its art collections. Recent MATRIX artists―including Justin Lowe, Rashaad Newsome, Jan Tichy, Allison Schulnik, Mark Bradford, and Mark Dion―have created some of these memorable “site-specific” exhibition projects.

Virgil Marti, Thanatopsis, 2013, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (2014.1.1)

Sunday, January 24

2:00 pm

Loan Exhibition Lecture Series

The Atheneum Goes for Baroque: In the Vanguard of Collecting Italian Baroque Paintings

Oliver Tostmann
Susan Morse Hilles Curator of European Art, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

The Wadsworth Atheneum boasts some of the finest Baroque paintings in America. Its collection was established under the directorship of A. Everett “Chick” Austin, Jr. during the 1930s, when dramatic Baroque art was deeply unpopular in America. Henceforth, the Atheneum took the lead in collecting Italian Baroque paintings and acquired numerous masterpieces by Caravaggio, Zurbarán, and Poussin. This tradition continues today, with the recent acquisition of a self-portrait by Artemisia Gentileschi, and can be admired in the museum’s freshly reinstalled European galleries.

Artemisia Gentileschi, Self-Portrait as a Lute Player, c. 1615-18, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (2014.4.1)

Monday, January 25

11:00 am

Art and Authenticity

The Chubb Personal Insurance Panel Discussion

Hosted by Chubb Personal Insurance

Authenticity is central to the value of a work of art. The panel will discuss certificates of authenticity and the issues that arise when these certificates are lost. Seating is limited; registration required: tinyurl.com/panel16WAS.

2:00 pm

Loan Exhibition Lecture Series

"Wisdom Begins in Wonder": The Cabinet of Art & Curiosity

Linda Roth
Senior Curator and Charles C. Eleanor Lamont Cunningham Curator of European Decorative Arts, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Early Cabinets of Art and Curiosity were places of study, filled with art and marvels that represented the search for universal knowledge in celebration of God’s creation. This talk will introduce the audience to traditional European Cabinets of Art and Curiosity and to the wondrous and weird objects the Wadsworth Atheneum has accumulated during its 174-year history.

Art and Authenticity: John F. Peto, Toms River Yacht Club, 1904, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1989.1)

Tuesday, January 26

11:00 am

VIP Tour & Lunch

Your group will enjoy early entry to the show, a tour of show highlights led by one of our prestigious exhibitors, and a catered lunch in the historic Board of Officers Room, designed by Herter Brothers. Following lunch your group is free to explore the show, attend the 2:00 PM Loan Exhibition Lecture, and visit the 2016 Loan Exhibition, Legacy for the Future: Wadsworth Atheneum of Art. Please contact Helen Kippax (Helenkippax1@gmail.com) for reservations. Reservations subject to availability.

2:00 pm

Loan Exhibition Lecture Series

Benefactors and Their Buildings: The Distinctive Architecture of the Wadsworth Atheneum

Eugene Gaddis
William G. Delana Archivist and Curator of the Austin House, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

The Wadsworth Atheneum is an ensemble of five strikingly different, yet harmoniously connected buildings. Each was the result of a benefactor whose generosity and vision allowed the institution to grow and to thrive. The Gothic Revival Atheneum opened in 1844; the Tudor Revival Colt Memorial in 1910; the Beaux-Arts Morgan Memorial in 1910 and 1915; the Avery Memorial in 1934, whose radical International Style was designed by the director, Chick Austin; and the Brutalist Goodwin Building in 1969. This story will introduce you to the colorful personalities of the benefactors and the architecture of the museum they helped to create.

5:00-9:00 pm

Chubb Personal Insurance Corporate Night & Tours

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Wednesday, January 27

Thursday, January 28

2:00 pm

Loan Exhibition Lecture Series

Nature Made Strange: Inventing the American Landscape

Erin Monroe
The Robert H. Schutz, Jr. Assistant Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

The texture and tenor of both rural and urban environments have inspired American artists, from Frederic Church to John Henry Twachtman to Andrew Wyeth. Drawing from the Wadsworth Atheneum’s renowned collection of American art, this talk will explore how “real” sights—Niagara Falls, the coast of Maine, the Brooklyn Bridge—have been rendered unfamiliar through the manipulation of color, scale, perspective, and elements of abstraction. The artists’ imagination and subjectivity imbue these landscapes with a strange, dreamlike quality that captivates viewers.

7:00-9:00 PM

Young Collectors Night

An exciting, high-energy evening for new collectors, emerging philanthropists, and art and design enthusiasts. Featuring cocktails & hors d’oeuvres, a private viewing of the Show, and a chance to meet some of New York’s most illustrious interior designers and Wendy Goodman, Design Editor of New York magazine.

Young Collectors Night

Friday, January 29

2:00 pm

Loan Exhibition Lecture Series

Cellophane, Spectacle, and Sex: The Theatrical Impulse in American Art

Robin Jaffee Frank, Ph.D.
Chief Curator and Krieble Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

In 1934, Florine Stettheimer dissolved scenic conventions with her cellophane backdrop for the world premiere of the Gertrude Stein-Virgil Thomson opera Four Saints in Three Acts at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Explore the theatrical impulse through paintings, sculpture, and costumes from the museum’s collection of American art. From suggestive rock formations in a nineteenth-century landscape by Thomas Cole to overtly risqué subjects by twentieth-century artists Alexander Calder, Charles Demuth, and Reginald Marsh, the notion of performance abounds. Dramatic costumes further reveal a spirit of playfulness and romance.

5:30-8:00 pm

Expert Eye Evening

Join the world's most prestigious art and antiques experts for an elegant evening of booth talks, wine tastings, and conversations about collecting and design.

Robin Jaffee Frank

Sunday, January 31

6:00 PM

SHOW CLOSES