This five-session class series, which includes a visit with exhibiting artist Karla Knight and an off-site excursion, provides a roadmap to central themes and ideas that have influenced artistic practice since the 1960s. Designed to be dynamic, engaging, and thought-provoking, participants will build skills to analyze, interpret, and discuss contemporary art while looking closely at The Aldrich’s current exhibitions. The classes will be held either in-person at The Aldrich or virtually over Zoom. The last class includes an in-person visit to the Brant Foundation in Greenwich, CT. Please check each session to see where it will take place. Participants may sign up for all five classes, or for individual class sessions.
“Getting” Contemporary Art is led by Danielle Ogden, M.A., Ed.M., Museum Specialist, Adult Learning at The Aldrich, and Adjunct Professor at Fairfield University.
October 20 – Off the Wall: A Look at Kinetic Sculpture from MoMA’s Alexander Calder Modern from the StartExhibition to Tim Prentice
This class will take place at The Aldrich and includes a tour of the Sculpture Garden and the outdoor installation of Tim Prentice: After the Mobile.
October 27 – Material Transformation: An Exploration of Artists’ Use of Uncommon Materials from Marcel Duchamp and Robert Rauschenberg to Vik Muniz and Hugo McCloud
This class will take place at The Aldrich and includes a tour of Hugo McCloud: from where i stand.
November 3 – Otherworldly Visions and Visions of Paradise: Rethinking Artists’ Relationships with the Natural World and the Supernatural
This class will take place over Zoom and includes a tour of Adrienne Elise Tarver: The Sun, the Moon, and the Truth and preview of Karla Knight: Navigator.
November 10 – Tour with Exhibiting Artist Karla Knight
Exhibiting artist Karla Knight will join the class for an in-person tour at the Museum of her exhibition Navigator, offering a personal look into her process and influences. This class will take place at The Aldrich and be accompanied by an art-making workshop in The Studio.
November 17 – Field Trip: Brant Foundation
Enjoy an intimate tour and discussion of work by David Salle, an American painter known for his big, gestural, expressionist paintings at the newly re-opened, Brant Foundation in Greenwich, CT.