Located in Hartford, Connecticut the Wadsworth Museum is the oldest and continually operated art museum in the United States. Founded in 1842 by art lover Daniel Wadsworth, the museum accomplished a series of firsts among its contemporary museums, paving the way for exhibitions around the country and the world. Over the years, the Wadsworth Museum has grown to a collection of around 50,000 original works of art that span a shocking 5,000 years of world history.
If you’re visiting Mystic Country sometime soon and have any appreciation for art whatsoever, be sure to take some time to visit this astounding museum, housed in a historic mansion in Hartford. The Wadsworth Museum has also been undergoing a major, $33 million renovation since 2010 and is celebrating its grand reopening next week, making it the opportune time to check out its refurbished digs.
Current Exhibits at the Wadsworth Museum
OMG This is a commissioned exhibit of work by the American artist Jack Pierson. Displayed on the outside of the museum, this public work of art is colorful and engaging and the wonderful contrast to the gothic revival facade of the museum’s entrance.
Director’s Choice Aspects of Portraiture: Photographs from the Wadsworth Atheneum Showing through December 13th, this exhibit explores the entire realm of photographic portraits from classical pieces to more symbolic shots. Artists range from Irving Penn and Richard Avedon to Timothy Greenfield Sanders and Patti Smith. Some of the portraits are even taken back in the 1940s, spanning an entire history of this photographic style.
Peter Blume: Nature and Metamorphosis Showing only until September 20th, you had better move fast to see this first ever retrospective of the American artist who played a central role in developing modernism in this country.
Visions from Home: Surrealism in Connecticut For a local touch of art, stop by this exhibit before October 20th, which is presented in conjunction with the Peter Blume exhibit. It examines and celebrates Connecticut’s artist community that began in the 1930s.
Post-War & Contemporary Art This permanent exhibit is always worth stopping by and features work from 1945 to contemporary pieces.
Upcoming Exhibits at the Wadsworth Museum
European Arts & Decorative Arts – Opening September 19, 2015
Mark Dio / MATRIX 173 – October 1, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Warhol & Mapplethorpe: Guise & Dolls – October 17, 2015 – April 17, 2016
Sound and Sense: Poetic Musings in American Art – November 14, 2015 – April 17, 2016
Gothic to Goth: Romantic Era Fashion and its Legacy – March 5, 2015 – July 10, 2016
After five years of renovations, the Wadsworth Museum will reopen next week with a celebration of its history. Don’t miss all the great new spaces to explore, and the chance for free admission! Local artist James Welling is commemorating the museum’s history with a series of composite photographs that are bound to be beautiful! If you love art museums, this is certainly one you don’t want to miss generally, especially if you happen to be visiting the area.