Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Hartford, CT




Resource Library articles and essays honoring the American experience through its art:

Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008 (3/6/15)

American Moderns on Paper: Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (11/12/10)

Who Was Anna Tuels? Quilt Stories, 1750-1900 (10/8/08)

The Great River Remembered: Art & Society of the Connecticut Valley; essay by William Hosley (3/16/05)

Childe Hassam and Connecticut Impressionism (1/23/04)

Robert Rauschenberg: Current Scenarios (1/23/04)


Marsden Hartley Retrospective (10/31/02)

The Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler from the Steven Block Collection (1/3/01)

Jacob Lawrence and Expressions of Freedom (1/2/00)

Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe & American Modernism (1/3/99)

New Worlds from Old: 19th Century Australian & American Landscapes (12/5/98)


The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is the oldest continuously operating public art museum in the United States, founded in 1842 and opened in 1844 -- three decades before the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

The museum's nearly 50,000 works of art span 5,000 years, from Greek and Roman antiquities to the first museum collection of American contemporary art. The museum's five connected buildings -- representing architectural styles from Gothic Revival to modern International Style -- are located at 600 Main Street in Hartford, Connecticut. (information as of 3/15)

Please see the Museum's website for hours and asmission fees.


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