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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.

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


Saturday, Apr. 11, 2015
1 p.m. Art Viewing, 2 p.m. Dessert and Discussion

$8 Members; $15 non-Members
Preregistration required
Slow Art Day was first created to share the joy and benefits of art with more people in a personal setting. By slowly examining various pieces, viewers will get a glimpse of the true essence of five pre-selected works in the Museum. Observers will be guided by volunteer Beverly Field Pierz, and fellow Slow Art docents. Sign up early and come for the viewing at 1 p.m., followed by dessert and discussion at 2 p.m. Contact Heather Whitehouse to reserve your spot 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


Monday, Apr. 20, 2015
1 p.m.
Up Close with Artist Katja Loher
Join artist Katja Loher and learn about her creative process in producing video portals. Her work, which is in the Museum’s permanent collection and currently on view in the Batchelor Gallery, defies all genres as she merges video, sculpture, and performance. She also promises to share a sneak peek of her upcoming NEW/NOW exhibit opening on June 6, 2015.

Friday, May 8, 2015
1 p.m.
Up Close with Artist Valerie Hegarty
Valerie Hegarty’s West Rock Branches sits next to Frederic Edwin Church’s West Rock, New Haven in the Museum’s Martin Gallery as part of the Museum-wide installation entitled Appropriation & Inspiration. Hegarty will thoroughly discuss her work’s destructive transformation from an American classic, to a sculptural painting, and the progression of nature and art through time.


Apr. 8
Film: Rockwell Kent: A Documentary by Frederick Lewis (170 min.)
During the 1930s and 40s, Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) was one of America’s most famous personalities. The foremost illustrator of his day created definitive drawings for literary classics such as Moby Dick, Candide, and the Canterbury Tales. Kent was also a prolific oil painter whose work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago. His haunting landscapes were inspired by his adventurous sojourns to Alaska, Tierra Del Fuego, and Greenland. He was also a best-selling author and a social activist who won a landmark passport case against the federal government, allowing all U.S. citizens to travel regardless of their political affiliations. The New Yorker once quipped, “That day will mark a precedent, which brings no news of Rockwell Kent.”

Apr. 22
Lecture: Artist Karl Lund discusses his NEW/NOW exhibition Angry Robots Liquefied My Brain
Celebrate the imagination of Karl Lund by visiting his NEW/NOW exhibition Angry Robots Liquefied My Brain. The collection features narrative paintings that reveal a world where robots fight giant squids and exterminate countless enemies with powerful laser beams. Become the main subject in various battles while marveling over their high energy, convincing works. While talking about the exhibit, Lund explains, “My goal is to tell intriguing stories that are visually and thematically dynamic. I want to capture worlds and events that currently only exist in theory or within the possibility of science fiction.”

Apr. 29
Lecture: Leonard Rosenfeld (1926-2009) - A New York Original

Presented by widow Janet L. Hoffman, a discussion covering Leonard Rosenfeld (1926-2009): In 1957, Rosenfeld did his famous “Railroad Drawings,” exhibited at the Martha Jackson Gallery, the Brooklyn Museum, and later at Goldstrom Gallery in Soho and other venues. During the 1960s, he painted oils on canvas on various themes, including the burgeoning space program (“astronaut” series), followed by his “rag paintings,” shown at Ivan Karp’s OK Harris gallery. His “wire and can” series, considered among his most important and unique work, is in the collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art (Baby Blue Eyes and Champ with Cowboys and Indians).

Selected Rosenfeld works, and obituary, press, and biographical information may be seen at

May 13
Film: Finding Vivian Maier (84 min.)
Who is Vivian Maier? Now considered one of the 20th Century’s greatest street photographers, the mysterious nanny secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. After buying her work by chance at auction, amateur historian John Maloof has since crusaded to put this prolific photographer in the history books. Maier’s riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.



Wednesday, Apr. 15, 2015
1-3 p.m.
Under the Wide and Starry Sky written by Nancy Horan
Nancy Horan’s second novel Under the Wide and Starry Sky delves into foreign worlds, and discovers where home truly lies. Join Pat Hickox in a discussion about world travelers Robert Louis and Fanny Stevenson, and their experience with current social disputes such as xenophobia, cultural imperialism, and how minor events impact everyday life.

“This is more than just another novel designed to honor the unsung accomplishments of a famous man’s spouse, though. Equally adventurous and colorful, Louis and Fanny could each command the story singlehandedly. Together, they are riveting and insightfully envisioned, including through moving depiction of how their relationship transforms over time.” – Sarah Johnson, Booklist

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
1-3 p.m.
Claude and Camille: A Novel of Monet written by Stephanie Cowell
In Cowell’s new novel, bourgeois Camille Doncieux narrates a personal and compelling glimpse into the life of Claude Monet. Starting with their youthful past, Camille reveals hidden accomplishments and challenges that shaped her life, and his work. Analyze this well-crafted novel with Museum docent Terry Gianzenitti, and consider how masterpieces mold into their final forms.

“A convincing narrative about how masterpieces are created and a detailed portrait of a complex couple, Cowell's novel suggests that a fabulous, if flawed, love is the source of both the beauty and sadness of Monet's art.” – Publisher’s Weekly

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
1-3 p.m.
The Secret History of Wonder Woman written by Jill Lepore
Trace the captivating history of Wonder Woman in Jill Lepore’s novel The Secret History of Wonder Woman. After working with the never before seen private papers of William Moulton Marston, Lepore has uncovered the hidden history of Wonder Woman’s creator, and the autobiographical clues embedded within her character. Meet with Pat Hickox and examine the place of the women’s suffrage campaigns during the early 1900s and throughout the century.

“The Marston family story is a tale of drama, intrigue, and irony. In the 1930s, Marston and Byrne wrote a regular column for Family Circle celebrating conventional family life, even as they themselves pursued lives of extraordinary nonconformity. Marston, internationally known as an expert on truth—he invented the lie detector test—lived a life of secrets, only to spill them on the pages of Wonder Woman.” – The Secret History of Wonder Woman

Contact Heather 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 for more details. No registration required. Free with Museum admission. The authors will not be present.