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The Wadsworth Athenaeum excursions "art can be its own reward" (Wall Drawing #1131 [Whirls and Twirls] by Sol LeWitt) seek a narrow focus; pick a favorite school, genre, or painter and still new vistas will open before you at every turning. In these places you will find a distilled record of the ages notated in the "fine" art on display. Let your eyes be your guide and give free reign to your feelings. Let me share a few more impressions, both of those institutions I have recently visited and some I must reserve for another day: The Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford and the Worcester Art Museum both have common roots in the later 19th century, when newly regnant American industrial strength and swelling private fortunes found art collecting a ready means to confirm taste as an arbiter of social position. Both institutions conserve many riches, with the Wadsworth especially strong in the Hudson River School and American Modernism, while Worcester showcases a unique trove of Revere silver among a host of other treasures. The Wadsworth boasts a superb collection of early American modern art, while Worcester spans the pre-Columbian period in Central America to the modern era. Lost for now Lost to me for now by lack of time are the Addison on the campus of Phillips Andover Academy and the New Britain Museum of American Art. Both are readily accessible from Wellesley and Weston, like all of the museums described here. If one drives and makes provision for an overnight stay in a 178 WellesleyWeston Magazine | summer 2012 PHO TO COURTESY WA DSWOR TH AT HENAEUM

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