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 thewadsworth.org.
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.
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.