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.
Join us for a hand-on workshop with Kate Wellen, Museum Educator!
Registrants will be guided through relaxing fiber art techniques, inspired by the temporary exhibition “Norma Minkowitz: Body to Soul,” on view in the Bellarmine Hall Galleries from January 27 – April 6, 2023. No prior experience is necessary. Supplies will be provided and light refreshments will be available.
Please note: This event is in-person only. Space is very limited!
About the exhibition: “Norma Minkowitz: Body to Soul” is a solo exhibition surveying the artist’s four-decade engagement with the physical and symbolic properties of thread. Minkowitz reinvents traditional needlework by crocheting fantastical forms, coating them in resin and shellac to create rigid sculptures and hangings. The delicate, mesh-like surfaces of her artworks break down oppositions between soft and hard, inside and outside, body and soul.
The poetic title “Body to Soul” is borrowed from just one of the sculptures that will be on view, but it is a broader theme that reverberates across the exhibition’s selection of over thirty vessels, sculptures, wall hangings, wearables, and works on paper – including never-before-seen examples coming from the artist’s studio.
Norma Minkowitz lives and works in Connecticut. Her work is represented in private and public collections across the United States and internationally. She is unique among fiber artists creating hard sculptures from soft materials, and for using thread to invoke universal themes of mortality, memory, nature, and writing. The exhibition is guest curated by Sarah Parrish PhD., Assistant Professor of Art History at Plymouth State University, New Hampshire.