(Re) Envisioning Hartford: Join the Conversations

October 9, 2014 · CHS Buzz ·
Photograph by Edward Saxe courtesy of Richard Daley Studio.

Photograph by Edward Saxe courtesy of Richard Daley Studio.

 

Sometimes a little distance helps us see more clearly. As I’m learning more about Artist Richard Welling as we prepare to open our new exhibit, (Re)Building Hartford: A City Captured by Artist Richard Welling, I am struck by how Welling’s complex approach to a city he loved and criticized involved alternating between studying it up close and standing back for a broader view. This portrait of the artist drawing the after-effects of the collapse of the Civic Center (from the 8th floor of the Sheraton hotel on January 30, 1978) captures his skill at presenting a big-picture view. We’re inviting CHS members, Hartford residents, and everyone from around Connecticut to join us thinking about Hartford from a variety of perspectives, from street level to neighborhood scope to bird’s eye view. We hope you will join the conversation at one of these FREE programs—or better yet, join us for them all. And this is only the beginning, we have more programs coming, so keep checking chs.org/calendar. For more information, please call  (860) 236-5621 x289 or email Jennifer_ Steadman@chs.org.

Hartford Then and Now: Richard Welling-Inspired Walking Tours of downtown Hartford

Thurs., Oct. 16 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Sat., Oct. 18 | 10:00 – 11:00 am

FREE, registration requested at chs.org/calendar

Tours depart from Connecticut’s Old State House, 800 Main St.

Education in Place: Hartford’s Urban Learning Environment

Wed., Oct. 22 | 6:00 – 7:30 pm | FREE

Hartford Public Library, 500 Main St.

The Art of Richard Welling: A Presentation By Cassandra Broadus-Garcia

Thurs., Oct. 30 | 5:30 – 7:00 pm | FREE | CHS Auditorium

(Re)Imagining Hartford: Creating the New City

Wed., Nov. 5 | 6:00 – 7:30 pm | FREE

Hartford Public Library, 500 Main St.

 

And I couldn’t let you go without showing you Welling’s finished drawing of the Civic Center Collapse.

Welling's finished drawing of the Civic Center Collapse

Welling’s finished drawing of the Civic Center Collapse

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