february, 2018

10feb - 6mayAll DayGorey's World's(All Day) Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street Hartford CT, 06103Event Type:Art Openings,Featured Event,Museums

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Gorey’s World’s | February 10 – May 6

“I’m inspired by practically anything visual or verbal—or even real life.” – Edward Gorey

For more than 50 years, Edward Gorey’s spare pen and ink drawings illustrating tales of hapless children, kohl-eyed swooning maidens, and whimsical creatures have delighted and amused audiences. Gorey’s Worlds is the first museum exhibition to explore the artistic inspiration of the famed American artist and author by presenting his personal art collection alongside art of his own creation.

Gorey’s Worlds is centered on his personal art collection, which he chose to bequeath to the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the only public institution to receive his legacy. Gorey held the institution in high regard for reasons including a shared connection to the ballet and famed choreographer  George Balanchine, whose histories date back to 1933 at the Wadsworth Atheneum. When Gorey lived in New York City, he attended nearly every performance of the New York City Ballet under Balanchine’s direction from 1953-1983, and he frequently stopped in Hartford when traveling between the city and his Cape Cod house in Yarmouth Port.

This pioneering exhibition explores Gorey, his work, and the artists Gorey admired and collected. Works range in style, era, and media—from 19th-century prints and drawings to contemporary art from the 1970s and 1980s. Through 73 works on paper by Édouard Manet, Charles Meryon, Eugène Atget and Albert York and others, as well as anonymous folk art, visitors will step into Gorey’s imagination by viewing the art he collected alongside his own sketches, drawings, prints, and art books. Rarely seen portraits and personal effects, such as his distinctive fur coats and metal jewelry, further bring Gorey himself to life.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.

Exhibition Tours

Saturdays & Sundays at 2:30pm
February 17–May 6, 2018


Wadsworth | 600 Main Street Hartford CT, 06103


February 10 (Saturday) - May 6 (Sunday)


Wadsworth Atheneum

600 Main Street Hartford CT, 06103

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