In 2006, the inaugural Aldrich Undercover “secret” art sale was launched. The unique event has been a biennial staple on The Aldrich’s fundraising roster for over a decade. All works are priced at $350 and sold anonymously, the artists’ identities only revealed after purchase. Guests are encouraged to trust their instincts, follow their hearts, and make selections based on how the works move them.
For 2021, Aldrich Undercover has been re-envisioned as a virtual event, featuring live musical performances and an online art sale on a dedicated microsite. The pre-sale show will take place on Thursday, May 6 and the art sale will run from May 6 to May 9 online. For the 6th edition of the event, over 100 alumni artists will contribute 9 x 12-inch original works in any medium of their choosing for sale to benefit the Museum.
The event will begin with Aldrich Undercover Covers, a pre-sale online launch party held over Zoom on Thursday evening at 7 pm, featuring some of your favorite contemporary artists crossing over from art to music and performing covers of popular songs! Artist musicians include Roz Chast, Michelle Segre and Steve DiBenedetto, B. Wurtz and Ann Bobco. The online art sale will follow the music performances, opening promptly at 7:50 pm for VIP ticketholders and at 8 pm for Patron and General ticketholders. VIP and Patron ticketholders will have the ability to preview the works in the sale on Wednesday, May 5, a first in Aldrich Undercover history. All ticket levels will have full access to the virtual launch party, the Aldrich Undercover Covers performances, and the art sale.
In addition to the Aldrich Undercover "secret" art sale, artists Bryan Nash Gill (1961-2013), Harmony Hammond, Andy Mister, and Hayal Pozanti have each contributed significant works to be offered at an online auction. These works are not part of the $350 flat rate sale. Please view the Auction section below to view the works and their prices.
All proceeds benefit The Aldrich’s dynamic exhibitions and education programs. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, the Museum depends on the generous support of friends like you. The Aldrich has been profoundly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, having to postpone exhibitions and cancel on-site public programs, including The Aldrich’s annual gala, the largest fundraiser of the year. To support the Museum in uncertain times, the alumni artists responded enthusiastically to our ask to create works for Aldrich Undercover. And we thank you for your support by joining us for Aldrich Undercover!
VIP Ticket (1): $515
All VIP tickets include admission to the virtual event: pre-show and art sale. The VIP ticket provides an online preview of the artwork on May 5 and priority access to the sale at 7:50 pm on May 6, 10 minutes before the other ticket levels have access to the sale at 8 pm. VIP ticket holders will be provided passwords to preview the sale on the dedicated microsite in advance of the sale on Wednesday, May 5 from 12 noon to 5 pm. Complimentary champagne and an Aldrich Undercover goody bag will be available for curbside pick-up at the Museum the week of the sale.
Patron Ticket (1): $360
All Patron tickets include admission to the virtual event: pre-show and art sale. Patron ticket holders will be provided passwords to preview the sale on the dedicated microsite in advance of the sale on Wednesday, May 5 from 12 noon to 5 pm.They will access the sale at 8 pm on Thursday, May 6.
General Admission (1): $105
All General Admission tickets include admission to the virtual event: pre-show and art sale. They will access the sale at 8 pm on Thursday, May 6.
*All ticket prices reflect an included credit card fee.
VIP & PATRON SPECIAL PREVIEW
Wednesday, May 5 from 12 noon to 9 pm
ALDRICH UNDERCOVER COVERS – VIRTUAL PRE-SHOW PERFORMANCES
Thursday, May 6 at 7 pm
ALDRICH UNDERCOVER – VIP PRIORITY ACCESS
Thursday, May 6 at 7:50 pm
ALDRICH UNDERCOVER – PATRON AND GENERAL ADMISSION ACCESS
Thursday, May 6 at 8 pm
For additional information, please contact Jamie Pearl, Head of Special Events, at email@example.com or 203.438.4519, ext. 118
Sabeth and Aaron Albert
The Amadeo Family
Apex Projects, Jackee and Brian Hyla
Diana Bowes and James Torrey
Elena Bowes and Ken McPhail
Justin Christopher Carafotes
Janis and Charles Cecil
Antonia and Scott Davis
Eric Diefenbach and James Keith Brown
Linda and Michael Dugan
Jenn and Greg Ezring
Gail and David Gluckman
Rachel and Peter Goulding
Patricia and Lawrence Kemp
Kristina and Philip Larson
Amanda and Donald Martocchio
Kirsten and Andrew Pitts
Carla Shen and Chris Schott
Rachel and Joe Sondheimer
Kathryn and Jamie Streator
Maya and Robert Tichio
Audrey and Richard Zinman
(List in formation)
Paul Henry Ramirez
Zoë Sheehan Saldaña
Bruce M. Sherman
Ruby Sky Stiler
Mark Dean Veca
Bryan Nash Gill
Click to enlarge and see full images of above works.
Bryan Nash Gill
English Oak, 2012
19 x 17 inches
Courtesy of Gina Gill, BNG Studio, LLC
Starting bid: $1,800
Venice Watercolor #2, 2006
13 x 10 1/2 inches
Watercolor and acrylic on handmade paper
Courtesy of the artist and Alexander Gray Associates
Gift of Harmony Hammond and Alexander Gray Associates
Starting bid: $6,000
Sewn to the Sky, 2021
21 x 16 1/2 inches
Carbon pencil with acrylic and charcoal on paper
Courtesy of the artist
Starting bid: $1,800
59 [SOPO], 2020
14 x 10 inches
Oil on Arches Paper
Courtesy of the artist and Jessica Silverman, San Francisco
Starting bid: $2,200
Generous support for Aldrich Undercover is provided by Meadow Ridge.
Media support is provided by Connecticut Cottages & Gardens (CTC&G).