june, 2018

21jun - 9sepAll DayConrad Shawcross / MATRIX 179 - Wadsworth(All Day) Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street Hartford CT, 06103Event Type:Art Openings,Featured Event,Museums

Event Details

Conrad Shawcross / MATRIX 179 – Wadsworth | June 21 – September 9

Conrad Shawcross makes monumental works that push the boundaries of physics, technology, and geometry. MATRIX 179 marks the British artist’s first museum exhibition in the Americas, and features the immense sculpture Monolith (Optic) (2016) on Main Street in front of the Wadsworth Atheneum. The accompanying display will include additional sculptures, models, related drawings, and the dynamic installation of a new light machine. These enigmatic objects demonstrate the artist’s ongoing interest in the intersection of philosophy and scientific theory.

A related, adjacent installation explores the enduring legacy of outdoor sculpture in Hartford.


About The Wadsworth

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is the oldest continuously-operating public art museum in the United States, founded in 1842 by arts patron Daniel Wadsworth.

Since opening its doors to the public in 1844, the Wadsworth Atheneum has paved the way for encyclopedic museums across the country, and has a rich legacy of Firsts. It was the first museum in America to purchase works by Caravaggio, Frederic Church, Joseph Cornell, Salvador Dalí, and Joan Miró, and was the first in the country to exhibit major surveys of works by Italian Baroque masters, Surrealists, and Picasso.

Progressing Daniel Wadsworth’s vision, the museum’s collection has grown to hold approximately 50,000 works of art that span 5,000 years. Highlights include the Morgan collection of Greek and Roman antiquities and European decorative arts; world-renowned Baroque and Surrealist paintings; an unsurpassed collection of Hudson River School landscapes; European and American Impressionist paintings; Modernist masterpieces; the Serge Lifar collecton of Ballets Russes drawings and costumes; the George A. Gay collection of prints; the Wallace Nutting collection of American colonial furniture and decorative arts; the Samuel Colt firearms collection; costumes and textiles; African American art and artifacts; and contemporary art.

The Wadsworth Atheneum underwent a major renovation from 2010 through 2015. The $33 million project renewed the museum’s historic structures and added 17 new gallery spaces—nearly 16,000 square feet of exhibition space—to the building’s existing footprint for an improved visitor experience.

Regular Hours

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm

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June 21 (Thursday) - September 9 (Sunday)


Wadsworth Atheneum

600 Main Street Hartford CT, 06103