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Important Update

December 18, 2022 to December 31, 2023 |

Aldrich Box

Inaugurated in 2021, the Aldrich Box is a year-long traveling exhibition unbound to a physical space. This year’s edition will focus on performance—underscoring the cooperative and interdisciplinary aspects of making art. A collaboration between the Museum’s Curatorial and Education departments, Director of Education Namulen Bayarsaihan and Chief Curator Amy Smith-Stewart have invited dancer and choreographer Ali Kenner Brodsky, musician, composer, and artist Laura Ortman, and the feminist artist collective Hilma’s Ghost (founded by artists and educators Dannielle Tegeder and Sharmistha Ray) to create work(s) contained inside individualized Aldrich Boxes and accompanied by a live performance to be presented inside the Museum. The Aldrich Boxes will be released on a rolling basis from December 18, 2022 through December 31, 2023, and the public will be invited to borrow one for up to a week. An Aldrich Box will be on view inside the Museum’s Leir Atrium throughout the project’s duration.

Ali Kenner Brodsky: creating moments

Dance Performance | Ali Kenner Brodsky: moments

Saturday, January 21 | 7 to 8 pm

moments is a multifaceted performance piece of dance, music, and art that has been in development for the past five years. An evening-length dance-theatre work, moments, explores memory, loss, and love. Unfolding through subtle gestural movement and emotionally evocative music moments evokes memories of past relationships, the longing for a closeness once felt, and the challenge of how to move forward through grief. Through a collection of embodied vignettes, moments breaks the stigma around grief by giving audiences a moment to be present to their individual experiences of loss.

Performed by Ali Kenner Brodsky, Scott McPheeters, Jenna Pollack, Jessi Stegall, and Ilya Vidrin with costume design by Hertling and fiber artist Alex Davis, live and recorded music by MorganEve Swain, graphics by Cyrus Highsmith, and set design by Keri King, moments surveys themes of devotion, remembrance, passing, and grief.

The performance will take place inside a gallery on the Museum’s second floor on Saturday, January 21 at 7 pm, weather date on Sunday, January 22 at the same time.

Ali Kenner Brodsky is a dancer and choreographer based in Dartmouth, Massachusetts included in the Aldrich Box, who makes gesturally rich and emotionally driven dance-theatre works and dance films that ask the viewer to indulge in a world of reflection, remembering, and connection.

moments is the first live performance installment of the Aldrich Box, a year-long traveling exhibition.

The performance, moments, is presented in partnership with The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University.

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Top image: Aldrich Box 2023: Ali Kenner Brodsky, creating moments. Photo: Christopher E. Manning