Exhibitions

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July 2021-December 2021

Community Partners in Action Prison Arts Program Annual Show 2020/21

This exhibit featured hundreds of artworks by incarcerated, and formerly incarcerated, artists in Connecticut. Artists and prison staff work all year (two years, this year!) towards this unique and extraordinary community event.

CPA Prison Arts

July-October 2021

Ekphrastic Poetry with Community Partners In Action

As part of the 2021 Neighborhood Studios Student Showcase, the apprentices worked on ekphrastic poetry. They spent time writing in the museum’s gallery spaces with the new Community Partners in Action Prison Arts Program Annual Show 2020/21 for inspiration.

read their poems here

November 2021-January 2022

Thomas Nast and Santa Claus

The illustrations in this exhibit form part of a collection owned by Stephen Jeffrey of Bloomfield, Connecticut. His interest is in the evolution of the image of St. Nicholas from the early 1800s until today.

March 21, 2019 - December 13, 2020

Twain's Attic: 90 Years, 90 Treasures

This exhibition at The Mark Twain House & Museum celebrated the 90th anniversary of the organization by exhibiting 90 objects from its collection to commemorate its 90 years of work in collecting, preserving, and interpreting the life and times of Mark Twain/Samuel Clemens and his family. The main areas of focus are: the saving of the house and our founding; Nook Farm players; Tiffany, pop culture; the Langdon family; and Clara Clemens and Ossip Gabrilowitsch (with their home movies).

Summer 2020

Who Was George Griffin?

This exhibit was guest curated by My’kelle Coleman, a junior at Hartford Public High School. Her work was supported by the ReadyCT Summer Internship Program. My’kelle learned about the behind the scenes operations of museums, got to know the Clemens family and about their life here in Hartford, researched George Griffin, wrote exhibit labels, chose objects from the MTHM collections, and installed this exhibit. 

View the Virtual Exhibit

February 2020

Sam & Livy's 150th Wedding Anniversary

To celebrate the 150th wedding anniversary of Samuel and Olivia Clemens, the Mark Twain House displayed their wedding bible, a letter from Sam to Livy, and a family photograph. Sam once noted: My experience with Providence has not been of a nature to give me great confidence in his judgment, and I consider that my wife crept in while his attention was occupied elsewhere.” 

Spring 2020

2020 Art and Essay

Since 2013, the MTH&M has sponsored an art and essay contest for middle and high school students at the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy. This year students learned about the evolving art of book illustrations and were tasked with producing illustrations for Chapter XXIII from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Spring 2019

2019 Art and Essay

Since 2013, the MTH&M has sponsored an art and essay contest for middle and high school students at the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy. HMTCA art teachers based their curriculum on the work of Associated Artists, the firm who designed the decor and interior finishes of the Mark Twain house in 1881.  The high school graphic design classes produced wallpaper patterns in the style of Candace Wheeler, while the middle school classes used mixed media to produce art inspired by different aspects of Associated Artists’ work.

March 18, 2018 - January 21, 2019

Tails of Twain

This exhibit celebrated Mark Twain’s affection for all creatures, whether they had paws or claws, wings or whiskers; an affection he shared with his family – and with his readers. His beloved cats, the family dog, horses, donkeys, and a calf won the affections of his three daughters. As a boy in Missouri and in old age, he felt a deep kinship with the animals large and small that he encountered on his travels.

Spring 2018

2018 Art and Essay

Since 2013, the MTH&M has sponsored an art and essay contest for middle and high school students at the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy. HMTCA art teachers based their curriculum on the work of Associated Artists, the firm who designed the decor and interior finishes of the Mark Twain house in 1881.  The high school graphic design classes produced wallpaper patterns in the style of Candace Wheeler, while the middle school classes used mixed media to produce art inspired by different aspects of Associated Artists’ work.