Calendar of Events

The Pennington Lecture with Dr. Jelani Cobb at the Wadsworth | The Half-Life of Freedom: Race and Justice in America Today @ Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Feb 9 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

5pm reception, 6pm lecture—In museum & virtual 

Jelani Cobb, PhD, is an expert on how race, politics, history, and popular culture intersect in America. Author of the highly acclaimed book The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress, Cobb also writes about police brutality, voter access, racial discord, and partisan polarization and eloquently explores how the past looms in our contemporary societal landscape and how we can collectively push toward a more equitable America. Jelani Cobb discusses the complex dynamics of race and racism in America, to clarify them and inspire his audience to collective activism with the goal of achieving equity in the form of genuine democracy. He shows us that not only are the levers of justice in our hands, but we can move them in the direction we see fit. 

This event is free and open to the public with required registration via The lecture is available via Zoom for those unable to attend in person.   

The Pennington Lecture is presented in honor of the Rev. Dr. James W. C. Pennington and is part of Capital Community College’s Black Heritage Project. The project aims to surface the remarkable history of the first Black church and school for Black children in Hartford through an exhibition on Hartford’s Black community formation (now on view at the college), curriculum in a variety of courses, and programs such as this.  


This lecture is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Capital Community College Foundation and presented as a collaboration between Capital Community College, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.  

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Second Saturdays for Families at the Wadsworth: Black History Month @ Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Feb 11 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

In celebration of Black History Month, pay tribute to African American artists’ contributions, triumphs, and creativity. Design a portrait highlighting Black and Brown voices with artist Marsh and delight in a performance by bassist Conway Campbell Jr. Presented in partnership with The Amistad Center for Art & Culture. Admission is free noon–2pm.

Curator Talk at the Wadsworth: Nineteenth-Century Costumes @ Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Feb 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Wadsworth cares for a large costume and textile collection spanning centuries of construction and representing cultures from around the globe. Join Ned Lazaro, the Wadsworth’s new associate curator of costume and textiles, for an in-depth exploration of two mid-nineteenth-century costumes on view. Free with museum admission. Meet in front of the Museum Shop.

Stories in Silver at the Wadsworth: The Chocolate Pot @ Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Feb 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Warm up this winter with a cup of “historic” hot chocolate as curator Linda Roth explores the connections between chocolate and silver. Learn how chocolate made its way to Europe from the Americas, establishing itself as a breakfast staple before becoming the cherished ingredient of contemporary desserts. Sample an eighteenth-century hot chocolate recipe, sip a modern chocolate cocktail, and indulge in chocolate-inspired treats while you view objects in The Silver Vault that were used to serve all things cacao. $30; $20 members, Wadsworth Welcome, seniors, and students with ID. Must be age twenty-one and over to attend. Register at   

Stories in Silver is an ongoing series of interactive events exploring the global narratives presented in the new Silver Vault at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Support for the installation of the Wadsworth’s silver collection provided by the Henry Luce Foundation, the Karen Kelleher Fund, and the William and Alice Mortensen Foundation. Support for this program is provided by the Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation Fund at the Wadsworth Atheneum.  

Music in the Galleries at the Wadsworth with Oboe Duo Agosto @ Wadsworth Atheneum of Art
Feb 25 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Listen to an informal musical performance in Avery Court by the Hartford-area Oboe Duo Agosto: oboist Ling-Fei Kang and oboist/English hornist Charles Huang. Free with museum admission. 

Curator Talk at the Wadsworth | Matt Paweski / MATRIX 191 with Jared Quinton @ Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Mar 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The lushly colored surfaces and crisp machinelike forms in Matt Paweski’s works often suggest functionality, yet they emerge from an intuitive, manual process of drawing, cutting, painting, reconfiguration, and experimentation. Curator Jared Quinton will discuss how Paweski’s background in fabrication informs the artist’s practice and can expand our idea of contemporary sculpture. Free with museum admission. Meet in front of the Museum Shop.

Sunday Serenades at the Wadsworth | Winter Melodies @ Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Mar 5 @ 1:00 pm

1pm gallery talk with Vanessa Sigalas
2pm concert—In museum

Members of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra present a concert of chamber music at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Join Vanessa Sigalas, associate curator for collections research, for a gallery talk before the concert highlighting tiny treasures on display in the Wadsworth’s Cabinet of Art & Curiosity like the recently acquired Köhler clock once belonging to Hartford native J. Pierpont Morgan (see above). $30; $25 for HSO subscribers and Wadsworth members; $10 for students with ID (limited availability). For tickets and information, visit or call (860) 987-5900. Click here to register for the preceding gallery talk.

The Sunday Serenades Chamber Music Series is made possible, in part, by The Saunders Foundation Music Endowment at the Wadsworth Atheneum; Nancy D. Grover in honor of Leonid Sigal, Concertmaster, Hartford Symphony Orchestra ; and Suzanne Hopgood in memory of Frank Lord.

Adult Art Class at the Wadsworth | Drawing in the Galleries with Peter Cusack @ Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Mar 10 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Explore visual expression through drawing with Connecticut artist Peter Cusack. Two sessions in different galleries offer a progression of drawing techniques. Open to adults of all levels of artistic ability. Drawing paper and museum admission included. Participants may purchase a drawing kit from the museum or bring their own materials. A list of required supplies is available upon registration via (link coming soon). Space is limited and registration is required. $70; $55 seniors, and students with ID; $45 members and Wadsworth Welcome.

Drawing in the Galleries is presented with support from the Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation Fund at the Wadsworth.

Second Saturdays for Families at the Wadsworth | Women’s History Month @ Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Mar 11 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Visit the museum to learn about the trailblazing women artists represented in our collections. Discover their stories and design your own artwork recognizing their impact alongside illustrator Ann Marie Drury. Watch dancers from New England Ballet Theatre perform in the galleries. Admission is free noon–2pm.

Public Lecture at the Wadsworth | The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s with Stephen Harrison @ Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Mar 15 @ 6:00 pm

Stephen Harrison, deputy director at the MunsonWilliams-Proctor Arts Institute and former curator of decorative art and design at the Cleveland Museum of Art, leads an exhilarating look at Art Deco design in 1920s America, using jazz as its unifying metaphor. This flourishing decade marked a rebirth of aesthetic innovation that was cultivated to a great extent by American talent and patronage. Harrison reveals how developments in design, art, architecture, and technology during the 1920s and early 30s placed new emphasis on the United States as a vital part of the emerging marketplace for Art Deco luxury goods and how transatlantic dialogue helped establish this new visual representation of modernity. Free with required reservation.

The program is co-sponsored by the Costume & Textile Society and the Design and Decorative Arts Council at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Image: Dress, 1928. Unidentified maker, probably American. Chiffon with rhinestones. Gift of Mrs. M.B. O’Connell.