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September 21, 2020 to May 9, 2021 | South Gallery, Balcony Gallery

Genesis Belanger: Through the Eye of a Needle

Through the Eye of a Needle is the first major solo museum exhibition of New York-based artist Genesis Belanger (b. 1978), whose practice spans sculptures and tableaux, primarily composed out of porcelain, stoneware, and upholstery. Anthropomorphizing common household objects--lipsticks with wagging tongues, lamps with ladies' pearls, and tins with doey-eyed sardines--Belanger's methodology blends Surrealism and Pop art with a self-possessed feminism informed by a career inside the fashion and advertising industries. Debuting an entirely new body of work specially conceived for The Aldrich, Belanger will create her largest and most elaborate mise-en-scène to date: dozens of animated objects arranged on ghostly furnishings that suggest narratives about our anxiety afflicted present. The artist's first museum publication, featuring an essay by the exhibition's curator, Amy Smith-Stewart, will accompany the show.

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December 9, 2020 at 11:00 am | Public Programs

"Getting" Contemporary Art: Absurdity, Surrealism and Pop Art

This class will use the themes, techniques, and processes in Dada and Surrealism as a lens to explore Genesis Belanger’s exhibition, Through the Eye of a Needle.

December 10, 2020 at 11:00 am

Member Tour of Genesis Belanger: Through the Eye of a Needle

Join Senior Curator Amy Smith-Stewart for an exclusive in-person gallery tour of Genesis Belanger: Through the Eye of a Needle.

December 14, 2020 at 3:30 pm | Children and Family Programs

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Join Aldrich Educator Susie Buckley over live video chat for this month’s Virtual Mindfulness and Movement for all ages.

January 16 at 10:00 am to January 17, 2021 at 5:00 pm

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Genesis Belanger’s Uncanny Ceramics Help Us Cope with the Present, Artsy

There’s always something slightly unnerving about Genesis Belanger’s sculptures. Her tableaux of furniture and ceramics, with their crisp edges, soft, buttery textures, and dusty pink and tan hues, are spiked with a sharp, humorous bite.

Dark Humor in the Lightest Pastels, White Hot Magazine

In her first major solo museum exhibition, Through the Eye of a Needle at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Genesis Belanger expands her iconic, domestic porcelain and stoneware objects that disavow glazes and anthropomorphize desires.

Anthropomorphized Art Stars in Aldrich’s New Exhibit ‘Through the Eye of a Needle,' The Ridgefield Press

Sculptural artist Genesis Belanger made her solo show debut at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum on Sept. 21 with her haunting exhibition “Genesis Belanger: Through the Eye of a Needle.”

Genesis Belanger: Through the Eye of a Needle, The Design Edit

Genesis Belanger's theatrical life-size tableaux blur the boundaries of art and design. he artist creates stage sets with furniture she builds to evoke loosely a nostalgic mid-century mood.

Sculptor Genesis Belanger Offers a Timely Reflection on Loss (and a Clever Critique of Capitalism), Vogue

Belanger riffs on the sorts of thoughtful-but-ultimately-tired gestures that people make in sympathy.

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Genesis Belanger's Dinnertime At the Core of the Void, Garage

The artist's first ever major solo exhibition is now showing at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Connecticut.



Top image: Genesis Belanger: Through the Eye of a Needle (installation view), The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, September 21, 2020 to May 9, 2021, Courtesy of the artist and Perrotin, New York. Photo: Guillaume Zicarelli