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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


Jan. 7
Film: The Eloquent Nude (56 min.)
She was beautiful, smart, and searching. He was an emerging genius in the world of photography. When they met, they fell instantly in love. Setting off across the West with camera and typewriter in the depths of the Great Depression, Charis Wilson and Edward Weston transformed photography, and each other. Charis Wilson recounts her years with Weston with great humor, candor, and some regret. Combining insight from leading scholars, rare archival images, and convincingly authentic reenactments, Eloquent Nude presents a remarkable true story of love and loss, travel and adventure, and an intimate look at the making of Modern photography.

Feb. 18
Film: Rockwell Kent (170 min.)
As seen on PBS, The Washington Post called the Frederick Lewis documentary "a sweeping, detailed, visually rich portrait of a man who emerges as a complex, compelling and finally contradictory force of nature.” Set in the tense political climate of the 1930s, “Rockwell Kent” portrays the artist’s gravitation toward abstraction and expressionism. Shot on location in Alaska, Newfoundland, Ireland, Denmark, Russia, Greenland, Argentina and Chile (Cape Horn).

Mar. 4
Painters of Seascapes lecture presented by docent and educator Fred Biamonte
Join lecturer Fred Biamonte as he discusses the interesting lives and paintings of Fitz Henry Lane, Frederic Edwin Church, William Trost Richards, Winslow Homer, and Robert Henri. All of these artists painted coastal scenes of the eastern United States from the middle of the 19th century through the beginning of the 20th century.



1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18
Art & Literature: The Madonna’s of Leningrad: A Novel by Debra Dean
Bit by bit, the ravages of age are eroding Marina's grip on the everyday. An elderly Russian woman now living in America, she cannot hold on to fresh memories—the details of her grown children's lives, the approaching wedding of her grandchild—yet her distant past is miraculously preserved in her mind's eye.

Vivid images of her youth in war-torn Leningrad arise unbidden, carrying her back to the terrible fall of 1941, when she was a tour guide at the Hermitage Museum and the German army's approach signaled the beginning of what would be a long, torturous siege on the city. As the people braved starvation, bitter cold, and a relentless German onslaught, Marina joined other staff members in removing the museum's priceless masterpieces for safekeeping, leaving the frames hanging empty on the walls to symbolize the artworks' eventual return. As the Luftwaffe's bombs pounded the proud, stricken city, Marina built a personal Hermitage in her mind—a refuge that would stay buried deep within her, until she needed it once more.


DAY OF LEARNING Due to snow, Day of Learning has been rescheduled to Monday, Feb. 23

The Coastal Art Collection of Charles and Irene Hamm
Presenters Peter Trippi, Editor in Chief, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, and President, Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art; Russ Kramer, Marine Artist and President of The American Society of Marine Artists; and Charles and Irene Hamm, Collectors
1-4 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23

$25 Members / $35 non-Members (light refreshments included)
A Thumbnail History of American Marine Art – Anchored in Dutch and British traditions, Peter Trippi will survey the fascinating development of American coastal art.

Today's American Coastal Art: Practitioners and Practices – Russ Kramer will provide a survey of the newest works of coastal art by members of the American Society of Marine Artists, an update on the Society’s educational and exhibition activities, and a virtual visit to his own studio.

A Conversation with Charles and Irene Hamm – Moderated by Russ Kramer and Peter Trippi

Charles and Irene Hamm will offer insights on how they formed their outstanding collection of American coastal art, and on how it reflects the evolution of marine art over the past two centuries.

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


Inside Nor'Easter
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1 p.m
Thursday, Jan. 22, 6 p.m.
Free with Museum admission

Each year Nor’Easter: The 45th Annual Juried Members Exhibition takes a slice of the regional art scene and displays it in our McKernan Gallery for changing exhibitions. Join some of the emerging artists chosen to be in the exhibition as they talk about themselves and their process regarding their winning works. Each lecture will feature different artists, come to one or come to them all! Lectures are free with Museum admission.

Unsung Heroes of Black History Panel Discussion
Sunday, Feb. 22,
2-4 p.m.
Followed by Q&A and reception
Free with Museum admission

This year the new britain museum of american art with the african-american advisory committee explore african-american heroes in our own community in honor of black history month.

Unsung Heroes of Black History will explore civil rights and activism by highlighting the work of local activists as well as those individuals who influenced the current local leaders in the community over the past 50 years.

Moderated by Paulette Fox, this year’s panel will include: Alton Brooks, Community Leader/Activist; The Reverend John C. Morris, Jr., Spottswood African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church; David Chambers, Principal, New Britain High School; Dr. Nicole Sanders, Principal, NorthEnd Elementary School; and Alderwoman Tonilynn Collins, Alderwoman Ward 2, New Britain.

All of this year's panelists have spent decades working for a better future for the community fighting inequality, poverty, and discrimintation. Alton Brooks moved to New Britain in the 1940s when African Americans were struggling to get jobs and were still unwelcomed in many establishments. All work tirelessly to shape and inspire the community and its youth. Working with people and children of all ages and socio-econimical classes to help people become more and fight social injustice.

This panel will be aure to inspire others to be more involved with their community while highlighting how history continues to be made by way of unsung heroes.

Snow Date: If the weather is unfavorable a snow date is prepared for the following Sunday, March 1, 2-4 p.m. Please check the front page of for cancellation information.

Supported by:

The Robert Lehman Distinguished Lecture Fund presents
"What a Hit!” Otis Kaye and the American Trompe l'Oeil Tradition presented by Mark D. Mitchell, Associate Curator of American Art and Manager of the Center for American Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art

2-3 p.m., Sunday, Mar. 22
Free with Museum admission
Join Mark D. Mitchell as he discusses the relatively unknown artist Otis Kaye who was a culminating figure in the history and evolution of trompe l’oeil painting in America from its golden age in the later nineteenth century until the mid-twentieth. Adapting and combining the techniques and inventions of his predecessors, Kaye introduced his own variation—the calligram—that further enhanced the tradition’s range. He pushed still life’s scale and complexity, especially in the number and interaction of symbolic details that fill his most intricate compositions. He developed compositions that delved into the nature of financial markets and the economy, as well as into the meaning of art and its significance to society. Unknown as an artist in his lifetime, Kaye nevertheless left behind an astonishing record of accomplishment that synthesized the long history of trompe l’oeil painting in America.