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American Masterpieces Tour
Sundays, 1-2 p.m.

Free with Museum Admission
This one-hour tour surveys three centuries of NBMAA’s masterpieces and provides a lively overview of the permanent collection from the Colonial period through today. Selections from special exhibitions may be included on the tour.

Take 20@12
Tuesdays, noon-12:20 p.m.
Free with Museum Admission

Join a NBMAA docent for a 20-minute smart experience and discover something new about works in the permanent collections and special exhibitions.

Wednesdays@1 | Art & Literature | Day of Learning | NBMAA Exclusives


Sept. 24
Albert Bierstadt’s Seal Rock and the Farallon Islands presented by docent Elizabeth Wells
Join docent Elizabeth Wells as she provides a visual analysis of Albert Bierstadt’s, Seal Rock and the Farallon Islands, which dates back to 1872. One of America’s most prolific and admired landscape painters during the 19th-Century, Bierstadt dedicated his career to painting mostly large-scaled and dramatic panoramic views of the American West. His paintings were usually praised for their precise detail and photographic realism, and Seal Rock is no exception. With the treacherous waves and the gentle sea lions perched atop a rock, his painting captures more than simply a natural seascape but conveys the ways in which nature and creatures can live harmoniously side-by-side.

Oct. 22
Lecture: The Fantasy World of Norman Rockwell presented by Fred Biamonte

Norman Rockwell wrote “I can’t paint ugliness, the sordid side of life.” A chronic depressive, he painted rather than lived his happiness. Biamonte will analyze how Rockwell rationalized his inner world of depression with the external world of his pictures.

Oct. 29
Music: Farmington Valley High School Madrigal Singers

The Farmington High School Madrigal Singers are an a cappella choral ensemble. Ranging from eight to fourteen members they specialize in the early music of the Renaissance era. The ensemble has performed at the National Basilica in Washington, DC, the Wadsworth Athenaeum, the UMass Renaissance Center and the Hillstead Museum. This year's members are Benjamin Aube, Brian Fox, Jonathan Hammond,Thomas Heath-Ringrose, Jessica Lee, Anusha Mohan, Chirag Sikka, Morgan St. James, Sarah Tritman, Margaux Zimmerman, and Leslie Imse as their director.

Nov. 12
Lecture: A Fork in Tine with speaker Dr. Richard Judd

Have you ever considered whether your kitchen is a “mirror of your soul?” What went on in “kitchens” when we first stood up as human beings? How did the evolution of how we eat come about? How we eat encompasses a history of gastronomic, cultural, economic and scientific experiences. Food is the great universal. Some live without sex, that other fact of life. But there is no getting beyond food, which fuels the body. Just consider your fork, an instrument for eating. How did it evolve—from a spear or skewer? This presentation, complemented with PowerPoint slides, will cover these issues of our love of eating.

Nov. 19
Lecture: Exhibiting quilt artist and designer Richard Killeaney

Join exhibiting artist Richard Killeaney as he discusses his quilt and design work. He uses recycled and repurposes textiles to create new art pieces.

Now Dec. 10
Film: The Quilts of Gee’s Bends (28 min.)

The Quilts of Gee’s Bends documentary is set in the quilt makers’ homes and yards, and told through the women’s voices, this music filled 28 minute documentary takes viewers inside the art and fascination living history of a uniquely American community and art form.


Eight Girls Taking Pictures a Novel, written by Whitney Otto
Wednesday, Oct. 15
1 p.m.
Free with Museum admission

A profoundly moving portrayal of the lives of women, imagining the thoughts and events that produced eight famous female photographers of the twentieth century. Inspired by the work of Imogen Cunningham, Madame Yevonde, Tina Modotti, Grete Stern, Lee Miller, Ruth Orkin, and others, author Whitney Otto weaves together eight stories, crisscrossing the world and a century to portray the tensions that defined the lives of female artists. These memorable characters seek the extraordinary through their art, yet also find meaning and reward in the ordinary tasks of motherhood, marriage, and domesticity. This is a bold, immersive, and unforgettable novel about women in love.

Discussion led by Heather Whitehouse, Associate Curator of Education and guest photographer Michelle Y. Lee.


Day of Learning: Stitched in Time
Presentations by independent textile historian Lynne Bassett, exhibiting quilt artist, author and designer Denyse Schmidt, and AQS certified quilt appraiser Lois Palmer
Monday, Oct. 13
9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
$55 Member; $70 non-Member

Join us for a full day of presentations in conjunction with the exhibition Let Me Quilt One More Day. Presenting quilt experts will discuss the history of New England quilts, contemporary art quilt making and the why and how of appraising antique, vintage and contemporary quilts.

New England’s Early Quilts and the Labor of Quilting by Lynne Bassett
The Intuitive Path to Crafting a Living from her Creative Pursuits by Denise Schmidt
Why Appraise your Quilt by Lois Palmer

Lunch by Riverhouse catering included. Prepaid reservations required, contact Heather Whitehouse at (860) 229-0257, ext. 203 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


Presentation by exhibiting quilt artist and designer Victoria Findlay Wolfe
1-2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 20
Free with Museum admission

Victoria Findlay Wolfe, called a “mod-quilt celebrity” by the Wall Street Journal, won the Best of Show award at modern quilting’s first QuiltCon in 2013. She will lecture about her quilts, history, and process and will also bring a selection of her works to be viewed during her talk.

Lecture by quilt historian and appraiser Susan Reich, followed by Quilt Show & Tell.
2-4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 26
Free with Museum admission

Bring a quilt! Spend an afternoon with Susan Reich as she presents Journey into the Study of Quilt History. Following the lecture visitors will have time to show off their own quilts with others.

Sue Reich is a quilt historian and lecturer who has been the head of the Connecticut Quilt Search Project for the past 10 years. She is a co-author for "Quilts and Quiltmakers Covering Connecticut," the documentation book of Connecticut quilts. In 2007, she compiled two books "Quilting News of Yesteryear: 1,000 Pieces and Counting" and Quilting News of Yesteryear: Crazy as a Bed-Quilt." She lectures widely on World War II quilts, Connecticut quilts, Crazy quilts, Multitudinous Pieced quilts, and floral quilts. Her extensive collection of World War II quilts has been exhibited at the Quilter's Hall of Fame, the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oakridge, TN, and the New England Quilt Museum.

Sculpture inSITE with Melanie Carr
11 a.m., Thursdays, July 24, Aug. 7, Sept. 11, and Sept. 25
Free with General Admission
This summer, join artist and staff member Melanie Carr on a tour of the grounds as we look at outdoor sculptures in relationship to site. The New Britain Museum of American Art sits on 3 acres of land adjacent to an 100 acre Frederick Law Olmsted park, Walnut Hill, making the outdoor sculpture garden a must see. Enjoy walking the grounds as we discover the Museum’s outdoor treasures—including the landscape! Hats + umbrellas are strongly encouraged.

Tours occur rain or shine.


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