Please join us for a curator led tour of Prima Materia: The Periodic Table in Contemporary Art. Artist, writer, and curator Richard Klein will give an overview the exhibition, beginning with the “origins” of Earth and covering the transition of alchemy to chemistry, while featuring an in-depth look at the works of artists Dove Bradshaw, Carlos Vega, Cornelia Parker, Eleanor White, Sunny A. Smith, Bryan McGovern Wilson and Myra Mimlitsch-Gray.
Richard Klein is a Connecticut-based artist, independent curator and writer. As an artist, he has exhibited widely, including the Neuberger Museum of Art at SUNY Purchase; Caren Golden Fine Art, New York; the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI; Hales Gallery, London; Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL; deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA, Artspace, New Haven, CT, The Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), Portland, OR; Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA, Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, NY; Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY; Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT; Ortega y Gasset Projects, Brooklyn, NY; Exhibit by Alberson Tulsa, OK; and Incident Report/Flow Chart Foundation, Hudson, NY. In 2021 he mounted two solo exhibitions: The Understory at ICEHOUSE Project Space in Sharon, CT, and Richard Klein - New Works at Kenise Barnes Fine Art in Kent, CT. Reviews of his work have appeared in Two Coats of Paint, Whitehot Magazine, The New York Times, Sculpture Magazine, Art in America, and The New Yorker.
From 1999 to 2022 he was Exhibitions Director of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut. In his more than two-decade long career as a curator he has organized over 80 exhibitions, including solo shows of the work of Janine Antoni, Sol LeWitt, Mark Dion, Roy Lichtenstein, Hank Willis Thomas, Brad Kahlhamer, Kim Jones, Jack Whitten, Jessica Stockholder, Tom Sachs, and Elana Herzog. Major curatorial projects at The Aldrich have included Fred Wilson: Black Like Me (2006), No Reservations: Native American History and Culture in Contemporary Art (2006), Elizabeth Peyton: Portrait of an Artist (2008),Shimon Attie: MetroPAL.IS. (2011), Michael Joo: Drift (2014), Kay Rosen: H Is for House (2017), Weather Report (2019), Hugo McCloud: from where I stand (2021), and Duane Slick: The Coyote Makes the Sunset Better (2022). He is returning in 2023 to The Aldrich as a guest curator to organize the group exhibition Prima Materia: The Periodic Table in Contemporary Art.
His essays on art and culture have appeared in Cabinet magazine and have been included in books published by Gregory R. Miller & Co., Damiani, Picturebox, Ridinghouse, Hatje Cantz, and the University of Chicago Press, among others.