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Wadsworth Atheneum Events in October

By Her Hand: Artemisia Gentileschi and Italian Women Artists, 1500-1800 on opens on Thursday, October 7.

The museum will expand its hours starting September 30 to include Thursdays and to celebrate,  the first 100 visitors every Thursday in October a copy of Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art: Uncommon Legacy (Image attached).

October 2021 Events Calendar

The Wadsworth is open and welcoming visitors Thursday-Sunday, noon-5pm starting September 30. Advance registration is recommended via but not required. Face masks are required to enter the museum and must be worn at all times inside the museum. For the most up-to-date guidelines, check


The following programs are for your calendars and event listings. Please note: some programs require preregistration or have limited capacity; please include this information with any mentions of such programs. If you have any questions or would like to request a related publicity image, please contact Marion Endsley at (860) 838-4081 or



Manhattan Short Film Festival Weekend

Friday, October 1; 7 pm

Saturday, October 2; 2pm

Sunday, October 3; 2pm

*Films on Saturday and Sunday preceded at 1pm by a docent-led tour of works from around the world. Tours are free with film admission.


A favorite annual tradition that the Wadsworth missed participating in last year, over 100,000 cineastes from around the world unite for one week to screen and vote on a favorite work from a lineup of international short films.


Conservation Talk: Leonardo Drew and Material Transformation

Saturday, October 2; noon | In museum

Conservator Casey Mallinckrodt shares special challenges in caring for large-scale interactive installations like Drew’s. This talk will take place both outside and inside the museum, rain or shine. Free with museum admission. Meet in front of the Museum Shop.


By Her Hand: Artemisia Gentileschi and Women Artists in Italy, 1500-1800: The Exhibition and Its Making with Oliver Tostmann

Thursday, October 7

Exhibition viewing: 5pm | In museum

Lecture: 6 pm | In theater

Curator Oliver Tostmann offers insights and reflections on curating the special exhibition and discusses its relevance today. Free and open to the public.


Second Saturdays for Families: Latinx Heritage

Saturday, October 9; noon | In museum

Join us at the museum to celebrate Latinx heritage and culture with art making, storytelling, and performances. View Goya, Posada, Chagoya: Three Generations of Satirists with a docent and learn how printmaking is used to illustrate the shared human condition.


The Emily Tremaine Lecture in Contemporary Art with Leonardo Drew

Thursday, October 14

Reception: 5pm

Lecture: 6pm | In theater

Leonardo Drew’s installations at the Wadsworth speak to his fascination with the life cycle of material decomposition and transformation. Drew discusses his works at the Wadsworth, his practice, and how he invites audiences to engage with his compositions. Free and open to the public.


The Tremaine Lecture in Contemporary Art is generously supported by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.


Alice Neel

Sunday, October 17

Tour: 1pm | In museum

Film: 2pm | In theater

Preceded at 1pm by a tour of the Alice Neel icon exhibition. Tour free with film admission.

Filmmaker Andrew Neel, Alice Neel’s grandson, puts together the pieces of the painter’s life using intimate one-on-one interviews and personal archival video footage. The documentary explores the artist’s personal challenges and tragedies, and Alice Neel’s legacy.

2007. US. 81 min. Not Rated. Directed by Andrew Neel.


Pop-Up Conservation!

Sunday, October 17

Find one of our conservators at work in a gallery and ask about their processes for taking care of art. Check for a gallery location at the Information Desk on your way in. Free with museum admission.


Posada’s Prints: Humor and Satire

Friday, October 22; 1pm | In museum

Erin Monroe, curator of American paintings and sculpture, explores how José Guadalupe Posada (Mexican, 1852–1913), who worked primarily in Mexico City, criticized social and political issues of the time using humor and satire in his prints. Free with museum admission. Meet in front of the Museum Shop.


Speak Up! | The Art of Female Creativity

Saturday, October 23; 7pm | In theater

Seven amateur and professional storytellers share true stories based on the theme of women and creativity. A collaboration between the Wadsworth Atheneum and Speak Up! Speak Up! is a Hartford-based storytelling organization that seeks to promote the art of storytelling to a wide audience. Cash bar opens at 6pm.

Tickets: $20; $15 members; purchase tickets at


Lecture: Nevertheless, She Persisted: Artemisia’s Adventures

Thursday, October 28; 6pm | In theater

The women artists in By Her Hand are outstanding for their persistence and their talents. Elizabeth Cropper, Dean Emerita of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, will focus on the persistence and fortitude of Artemisia Gentileschi, suggesting that we still have much to learn from her life and work despite the advances of women, and especially women artists, over the centuries. Free and open to the public.


This lecture is supported by the Trinity College Department of Fine Arts.


Pop-Up Conservation!

Friday, October 29 | In museum

Find one of our conservators at work in a gallery and ask about their processes for taking care of art. Check for a gallery location at the Information Desk on your way in. Free with museum admission.



Docent guided tours for individuals and small groups are available by reservation only via Museum entry is limited at these times to guided groups only and visitors are required to remain with the group for the duration of the tour. Groups of 8 or more interested in a private tour should email


Highlights Tours

Wednesdays, 11:30am

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays, 11am


Virtual Highlights Tours

Every second and fourth Thursday, 1pm

Enjoy a docent guided tour of collection highlights from the comfort of your own home. Visit for details.


Special Theme Tours

By Her Hand

Wednesdays, 1pm

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays, 12:30pm


Women Artists in Focus

Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays, 2:30pm


Family Tours

Every second and fourth Saturday, 12:15pm

Reserved for families and adults with children. Little ones, strollers, and intergenerational bonding expected! Recommended for ages 12 and under.



Discovering Rose Fried’s Nephew by Alice Neel

Opening September 10, 2021


By Her Hand: Artemisia Gentileschi and Women Artists in Italy, 1500-1800

Opening September 30, 2021


Milton Avery: The Connecticut Years

Through October 17, 2021


Goya, Posada, Chagoya: Three Generations of Satirists

Through November 7, 2021


Leonardo Drew: Two Projects

Front Lawn: through November 14, 2021

Main Street lobby: through January 2, 2022


Christina Forrer / MATRIX 187

Through January 2, 2022


Stories in Ivory and Wood Told by Master Carvers

Through January 23, 2022


Design in the American Home


About the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Founded in 1842 with a vision for infusing art into the American experience, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is home to a collection of nearly 50,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years and encompassing European art from antiquity through contemporary as well as American art from the 1600s to today. The Wadsworth Atheneum’s five connected buildings–representing architectural styles including Gothic Revival, modern International Style, and 1960s Brutalism–are located at 600 Main Street in Hartford, Conn. New hours starting October 1: Thursday-Sunday, noon-5pm. Admission: $15; $12 seniors; $5 – students; Free for members, Hartford residents, and youth (17 & under). Free Happy Hour admission 4-5pm Thursday-Sundays. Hours and fees subject to change. Public phone: (860) 278-2670; website: