Calendar of Events

Jan
17
Fri
Moko – Maori Tattoo: Photographs by Hans Neleman @ Art Museum, USJ
Jan 17 @ 11:00 am – Mar 15 @ 4:00 pm

Large-format portraits by Dutch-born artist Hans Neleman depict contemporary Maori men and women whose facial or body tattoos express individual, family, and tribal identity. The traditional art of Maori tattooing, once suppressed under colonial rule, has undergone a resurgence as New Zealand’s Maori reassert their cultural traditions.

Image Caption: Hans Neleman (Dutch, b. 1960). Parangi Hillman (Iwi: Ngai Tuhoe) “This ta moko represents my Maori identiy and my Christian faith,” 1999. Digital print, satin finish K-3 on aluminum. Gift of Hans Neleman, 2017.

Jan
29
Wed
Story Time! Ages 2-6 at Hill-Stead @ Hill-Stead Museum
Jan 29 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Hill-Stead’s new Story Time is on the last Wednesday of every month at 9 am.  Your child will be introduced to stories related to art, museums, nature and more (with music and movement) in the historic setting of Hill-Stead.  Create an art project to bring home.  Then, romp around Hill-Stead’s natural playground of walking trails, gardens and sheep farm.

$8 per child or FREE with museum membership. Ages 2-6.

Feb
2
Sun
First Sundays for Families at Hill-Stead Museum @ Hill-Stead Museum
Feb 2 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
First Sundays for Families at Hill-Stead Museum @ Hill-Stead Museum | West Hartford | Connecticut | United States

Take part in these First Sundays for Families activities!

  • Museum Educators will lead art projects in the Education Stations at 1 p.m.  Free self-serve crafts for all ages and Explorer Backpacks will also be available during regular museum hours from April through October.
  • Self-guided tours run from 1 to 4 p.m.  Browse the collection at your own pace and engage in the ever-popular scavenger hunt challenge.
  • Enjoy beautiful melodies on the Steinway piano as you tour the house between 2 and 3 p.m.
  • Romp in Hill-Stead’s own natural playground of hiking trails, gardens and walking paths.
  • Purchase a treasure in our Museum Shop, stocked with art supplies, toys, children’s books and much more.
Feb
15
Sat
Third Saturdays @ The Aldrich @ The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Feb 15 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

In The Studio: Painting Adventures
10 am to 12 noon; 1 to 3 pm

We invite you to join us for a day of fun, exploration, and adventure. Looking at masters of the past like J.M.W. Turner, Aldrich exhibiting artists like Ellen Harvey, and other contemporary artists like Lois Dodd, participants will experiment with the ways in which painting, like a good story, can transport us into another time, place, or dimension.

Gallery Tour
3 to 4 pm

Museum educators will lead an introductory tour of the exhibitions on view. Appropriate for all ages, this tour will travel throughout the galleries, investigate key works of art, and invite conversations and observations.

Feb
26
Wed
Story Time! Ages 2-6 at Hill-Stead @ Hill-Stead Museum
Feb 26 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Hill-Stead’s new Story Time is on the last Wednesday of every month at 9 am.  Your child will be introduced to stories related to art, museums, nature and more (with music and movement) in the historic setting of Hill-Stead.  Create an art project to bring home.  Then, romp around Hill-Stead’s natural playground of walking trails, gardens and sheep farm.

$8 per child or FREE with museum membership. Ages 2-6.

Mar
1
Sun
First Sundays for Families at Hill-Stead Museum @ Hill-Stead Museum
Mar 1 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
First Sundays for Families at Hill-Stead Museum @ Hill-Stead Museum | West Hartford | Connecticut | United States

Take part in these First Sundays for Families activities!

  • Museum Educators will lead art projects in the Education Stations at 1 p.m.  Free self-serve crafts for all ages and Explorer Backpacks will also be available during regular museum hours from April through October.
  • Self-guided tours run from 1 to 4 p.m.  Browse the collection at your own pace and engage in the ever-popular scavenger hunt challenge.
  • Enjoy beautiful melodies on the Steinway piano as you tour the house between 2 and 3 p.m.
  • Romp in Hill-Stead’s own natural playground of hiking trails, gardens and walking paths.
  • Purchase a treasure in our Museum Shop, stocked with art supplies, toys, children’s books and much more.
Mar
12
Thu
Open Studios: Mini Sculpture Gardens @ The Aldrich @ The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Mar 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Help us say goodbye to our current outdoor sculptures and welcome new works in a workshop celebrating our Sculpture Garden! Participants will create their own mini landscapes and sculptures using an assortment of surprising materials.

Mar
21
Sat
Super Third Saturdays: Tree Spa and Other Performances @ The Aldrich @ The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Mar 21 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

We are opening up the Museum for the day with food, activities, and three special performances, including two artists in the exhibition Weather Report.

Colin McMullan will activate his social project, Tree Spa for Urban Forest Healing, containing a wood-fired maple syrup evaporator funneling maple-scented steam into a spa experience. We invite participants to bring a towel and enjoy sitting in the steam of the native forest, including locally tapped maple trees.

Sean Salstrom will perform Indefinity Box, a performative sculptural work that reflects on the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945.

Ravish Momin and Val Jeanty will perform as the duo, Turning Jewels Into Water, which takes its namesake from the notion that water itself will become a precious commodity due to the effects of climate change.  The duo transforms ancient rhythms into the digital realms, turns dance into ritual, and also absorbs and adapts different folkloric traditions into their musical vision.

 

Mar
25
Wed
Story Time! Ages 2-6 at Hill-Stead @ Hill-Stead Museum
Mar 25 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Hill-Stead’s new Story Time is on the last Wednesday of every month at 9 am.  Your child will be introduced to stories related to art, museums, nature and more (with music and movement) in the historic setting of Hill-Stead.  Create an art project to bring home.  Then, romp around Hill-Stead’s natural playground of walking trails, gardens and sheep farm.

$8 per child or FREE with museum membership. Ages 2-6.

Apr
5
Sun
First Sundays for Families at Hill-Stead Museum @ Hill-Stead Museum
Apr 5 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
First Sundays for Families at Hill-Stead Museum @ Hill-Stead Museum | West Hartford | Connecticut | United States

Take part in these First Sundays for Families activities!

  • Museum Educators will lead art projects in the Education Stations at 1 p.m.  Free self-serve crafts for all ages and Explorer Backpacks will also be available during regular museum hours from April through October.
  • Self-guided tours run from 1 to 4 p.m.  Browse the collection at your own pace and engage in the ever-popular scavenger hunt challenge.
  • Enjoy beautiful melodies on the Steinway piano as you tour the house between 2 and 3 p.m.
  • Romp in Hill-Stead’s own natural playground of hiking trails, gardens and walking paths.
  • Purchase a treasure in our Museum Shop, stocked with art supplies, toys, children’s books and much more.