There aren’t enough hours in the day to check out every noteworthy art event in the area. But if you want to catch the best the art scene has to offer, check out this quick guide to our can’t-miss picks for January.

janartsct intergalactic January Arts Preview

(credit: Intergalactic Nemesis)

Intergalactic Nemesis: A Live-Action Graphic Novel
January 21, 2012, 8 p.m.
$28 – $38

Maxwell and Ruth Belding Theater
The Bushnell
166 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT
(860) 987-5900

The story is a science-fiction fan’s dream. A reporter, her intrepid assistant, and a mysterious librarian face the most serious threat Earth has ever known: an impending invasion of sludge monsters from the planet Zygon. But the format of the production is what makes this show infinitely cooler than most shows you’ve seen before. More than a thousand hand-drawn, full-color comic book images are projected onto the screen as actors, a musician and special effects person perform this action-packed show live on stage.

janartsct yaleart January Arts Preview

(credit: Yale University Art Gallery)

Defining the Nation
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness:American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery
January 31 – April 9, 2012

1111 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT
(203) 432.0600
Hours: Tue–Sat, 10 a.m.–5p.m.; Thurs until 8 p.m. (Sept–June); Sun 1 p.m.– 6 p.m.; Closed Mondays
Free and open to the public

In October, we explored the first installment of Yale University Art Gallery’s exhibition series on how Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness has evolved from America’s first settlers. The second installment, “Defining the Nation” opens at the gallery on January 31 and features more American art that illuminates the “diverse and evolving American experience from the time of the settlements of the 17th century to the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893.”

janartsct wadsworth January Arts Preview

(credit: The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art)

Colts & Quilts: The Civil War Remembered
Through May 6, 2012

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main Street
Hartford, CT
(860) 278-2670
Hours: Wed – Fri, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sat – Sun, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; First Thurs 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Adults: $10; Seniors: $8; Students: $5; Children 12 and under: Free; Members: Free

To honor of the sesquicentennial anniversary (150th) of the Civil War, the Wadsworth presents an exhibition that captures Americans’ reactions to life-changing political and military events. From paintings and sculptures to decorative arts and firearms, artwork and artifacts narrate the stories of a pivotal time in history.

janartsct boeing January Arts Preview

(credit: Hartford Stage)

January 12 – February 5, 2012

Hartford Stage
50 Church Street
Hartford, CT
(860) 527-5151

Prepare for take off! This Tony Award-winning comedy is coming to the Hartford Stage to delight audiences with its colorful, witty story about Bernard, a successful American architect living in Paris who has been deftly juggling three fiancées — all flight attendants. It has charmed audiences from Broadway to London, so get ready to LOL.

janartsct walterwick January Arts Preview

Walter Wick Floating Marbles, 1980 Pigmented inkjet photograph © Walter Wick Studio (Bruce Museum)

Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos and Toys in the Attic
January 8 – April 22, 2012

Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT
(203) 869-0376
Hours: Tue – Sat, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Adults: $7; Students (5-22 w/ valid ID) $6; Seniors (65 & up) $6; Museum members and children under 5: Free

A must-see retrospective of Hartford-born Walter Wick, best known for the I-Spy and Can You See What I See?books, makes a stop at the Bruce Museum. Approximately 40 large-scale color photographs from the award-winning artist and author’s books, as well as several of the models used to craft the images will be on view. Bring the kids to this family-friendly exhibition and celebrate the imagination and creativity of one of Connecticut’s most beloved artists.


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