The Wadsworth Atheneum is the nation’s oldest public art museum. It has amassed an impressive permanent collection, and features large, popular exhibitions. But that long history can sometimes be a bit of a curse - as it fights for attention with dozens of art museums and other online entertainment options.
Susan Talbott is the tenth director in the Atheneum’s history. She came in 2008 with a love for modern and contemporary art, and has overseen a major physical overhaul of the aging building. She’s also written the introduction of a book accompanying a show now on exhibit there - by rocker, poet and photographer Patti Smith.