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Past Exhibitions

Past exhibitions from the

June 9, 2019 to November 10, 2019 | Opatrny Gallery, Sound Gallery

Sara Cwynar: Gilded Age

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum will host the New York-based Canadian artist Sara Cwynar’s (b. 1985, Vancouver) first solo museum exhibition on the East Coast, Gilded Age.

March 3, 2019 to September 15, 2019 | Lobby, Screening Room, Ramp, Project Space

Harmony Hammond: Material Witness, Five Decades of Art

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is pleased to present the first museum survey of the work of the trailblazing artist, feminist and lesbian scholar, curator, activist, and author Harmony Hammond.

March 3, 2019 to September 15, 2019 | Leir Gallery

N. Dash

N. Dash’s work spans painting, sculpture, photography and drawing and employs both natural and manmade materials, including pigments, adobe/ mud, jute, graphite, fabric, polystyrene, and found objects.

January 27, 2019 to May 27, 2019 | Opatrny Gallery, Sound Gallery

How Art Changed the Prison

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is pleased to present an exhibition of visual art made in Connecticut’s correctional institutions over the past three decades, borrowed from current and former inmates, private collections, including that of the curator, and from the permanent collection of the Prison Arts Program.

December 4, 2018 to May 6, 2019 | Main Street Sculpture

Danh Vo: We the People (Detail)

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is pleased to present Danh Vo’s We the People (detail) as part of the Main Street Sculpture series.

October 14, 2018 to January 27, 2019 | Leir Gallery

Helena Hernmarck: Weaving in Progress

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is pleased to present Helena Hernmarck: Weaving in Progress, organized by The Aldrich’s interim co-director Richard Klein.

June 24, 2018 to September 16, 2018 | Main Street Video

Main Street Video

An engaging line-up of short video works by some of the most exciting artists working in this medium.

June 15, 2018 to November 1, 2018 | Sculpture Garden

Risa Puno: Common Ground

Common Ground is an interactive sculpture created by New York City-based artist and Aldrich alumna Risa Puno that celebrates harmony and inclusion through diversity.

May 20, 2018 to September 23, 2018 | Leir Gallery

Analia Segal: contra la pared

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is pleased to present Analia Segal: contra la pared, a solo exhibition of the artist’s recent work.

May 20, 2018 to January 13, 2019 | Opatrny Gallery, Sound Gallery, Bridge, South Gallery, Balcony Gallery, Project Space, Screening Room

The Domestic Plane: New Perspectives On Tabletop Art Objects

The Domestic Plane: New Perspectives on Tabletop Art Objects, is a meta-group exhibition in five chapters—organized by five curators, including more than seventy artists.

October 1, 2017 to April 1, 2018 | South Gallery, Balcony Gallery

Shared Space: A New Era

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is pleased to present Shared Space: A New Era, an exhibition of photographs and video from 1987 through 2010 that considers the world’s social, economic, and political climate over the past thirty years.

October 1, 2017 to April 22, 2018 | Project Space, Ramp Gallery, Screening Room

Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley: Your Turn

Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley: Your Turn is an architectural environment for two that shapes the occupants’ behavior.

October 1, 2017 to April 22, 2018 | Leir Gallery

Anissa Mack: Junk Kaleidoscope

Anissa Mack mines Americana, its artifacts, folklore, and rituals, and explores American vernacular traditions.

September 13, 2017 to October 11, 2017 | Museum Façade

Robert Longo: Untitled (Dividing Time)

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is pleased to present the fourth public artwork in Creative Time’s Pledges of Allegiance series: Untitled (Dividing Time), by Robert Longo.

May 6, 2017 to January 1, 2018 | Main Street Sculpture

Tony Matelli: Hera

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is pleased to present Tony Matelli’s Hera, a monumental sculpture, as part of the Main Street Sculpture series.

March 5, 2017 to September 4, 2017 | Project Space, Balcony Gallery, Ramp Gallery, Screening Room

Suzanne McClelland: Just Left Feel Right

Suzanne McClelland: Just Left Feel Right, is McClelland’s first museum survey. Spanning twenty-five years, Just Left Feel Right focuses on works from specific periods of her career that share a distinctive commonality.

March 5, 2017 to September 4, 2017 | South Gallery

Beth Campbell: My Potential Future Past

Beth Campbell: My Potential Future Past is Campbell’s first museum survey. This exhibition will present three interrelated bodies of work, the Potential Future Drawings series (1998–present), Mobiles (2008–present), and the Future Past Drawings series (2014–present).

March 5, 2017 to September 4, 2017 | Opatrny Gallery, Sound Gallery

William Powhida: After the Contemporary

For more than a decade Powhida’s work has provided a satirical, political, and sometimes despairing window into his own experience of New York’s contemporary art market.

March 5, 2017 to September 4, 2017 | Leir Gallery, Leir Atrium

Kay Rosen: H Is for House

H Is for House is Kay Rosen’s first solo museum exhibition in the northeast in almost twenty years.

May 1, 2016 to February 5, 2017 | Project Space, Sculpture Garden

Virginia Overton

Virginia Overton is a site-responsive artist. She makes sculptures, installations, photographs, and videos that relate to and interact with a venue’s architecture and defining landscape.

May 1, 2016 to February 5, 2017 | Opatrny Gallery, Sound Gallery

Kim Jones: White Crow

White Crow is one continuous installation, echoing the importance of memory and the life Kim Jones has lived in his practice as an artist.

May 1, 2016 to February 5, 2017 | Main Street Sculpture, South Gallery, Bridge

Peter Liversidge: Proposals for The Aldrich

For the past decade, Peter Liversidge’s practice has focused on the creation of conceptually based proposals that describe artworks that might—or might not—be realized.

May 1, 2016 to February 5, 2017 | Leir Gallery, Leir Atrium, Screening Room, Sculpture Garden

David Brooks: Continuous Service Altered Daily

Continuous Service Altered Daily is a site-engaged sculptural array, or, as David Brooks refers to it, an “asteroid field without a distinctive beginning or end.”

November 15, 2015 to April 3, 2016

Ruth Root: Old, Odd, and Oval

Old, Odd, and Oval will be Ruth Root’s (b. 1967, Chicago) first solo museum exhibition in the United States.

November 15, 2015 to April 3, 2016

Julia Rommel: Two Italians, Six Lifeguards

For her first solo museum exhibition, Julia Rommel (b. 1980, Salisbury, Maryland) will debut a series of new paintings presented alongside small works from 2010 to 2012.

November 15, 2020 to April 3, 2016

Hayal Pozanti: Deep Learning

The practice of Hayal Pozanti (b. 1983, Istanbul, Turkey) spans painting, digital animation, and sculpture.

November 15, 2015 to April 3, 2016

Steve DiBenedetto: Evidence of Everything

In a career that spans three decades, Steve DiBenedetto (b. 1958, Bronx, New York) has established himself as an idiosyncratic artist who has brought the pursuit of painting into the unpredictable chaos and flux that categorize the Post-Modern world.

July 19, 2015 to October 18, 2015

Sloth, Seven Deadly Sins

Sloth is The Aldrich’s contribution to Seven Deadly Sins, the first programmatic collaboration between The Fairfield Westchester Museum Alliance.

May 3, 2015 to October 25, 2015

Elif Uras: Nicaea

The paintings and ceramic sculptures of Elif Uras explore what she describes as “shifting notions of gender and class within the context of the struggle between modernity and tradition.”

May 3, 2015 to October 25, 2015

B. Wurtz: Four Collections

For more than forty years, B. Wurtz has been transforming throwaway objects found in daily life—shoelaces, plastic bags, food containers, buttons, socks, hangers—into elegant, poetic compositions that evoke the condition of being human.

May 3, 2015 to October 25, 2015

Penelope Umbrico: Shallow Sun

For artist Penelope Umbrico, light, and our changing relationship to it, has become one of the main subjects of a practice that challenges what normally constitutes ideas about photography and its presence in our lives.

May 3, 2015 to October 25, 2015

Rudy Sky Stiler: Ghost Versions

Ruby Sky Stiler's cast reliefs originate from compositions of detritus from previous works and fragments of left-over materials salvaged from around her studio, making ghostly references to objects she describes as “not present and no longer in existence.”

May 3, 2015 to October 25, 2015

Nancy Shaver: Reconciliation

Nancy Shaver, in a career that has spanned four decades, has consistently worked to challenge expectations on the aesthetic hierarchies found in visual culture.

May 3, 2015 to October 25, 2015

Virginia Poundstone: Flower Mutations

Virginia Poundstone’s practice spans photography, sculpture, video, and installation, and is exclusively focused on the history and botany of the flower and its socio-economic and cultural significance.

October 19, 2014 to April 5, 2015

Kate Gilmore: A Roll in the Way

The practice of Kate Gilmore spans video, sculpture, photography, performance, and installation.

October 19, 2014 to April 5, 2015

David Scanavino: Imperial Texture

Scanavino debuts a site-specific floor sculpture and a monumental wall relief, turning the South Gallery into both an experiential installation and engaging platform for interactivity.

October 19, 2014 to April 5, 2015

Ernesto Neto: The Body That Gravitates on Me

​Ernesto Neto has become internationally known for translucent organic sculptures that often take on architectural proportions.

October 19, 2014 to April 5, 2015

Jackie Winsor: With and Within

Winsor’s sculpture embraces the unification of opposing forces to evoke a singular vitality, which is given form through technical ingenuity and unparalleled craftsmanship.

October 19, 2014 to April 5, 2015

Cary Smith: Your Eyes They Turn Me

Over the course of the past twenty-five years, the painter Cary Smith has engaged in
a restless, but controlled, pursuit of abstraction.

October 19, 2014 to April 5, 2015

Mary Beth Edelson: Six Story Gathering Boxes (1972-2014)

This participatory exhibition brings together six of Mary Beth Edelson’s ground-breaking story gathering boxes—a project initiated in 1972 that is still ongoing—seminal contributions that encapsulated an evolving feminist art legacy and evidenced the very first vestiges
of what is familiarly known today as “social practice.”

July 13, 2014 to September 21, 2014

David Diao: Front to Back

David Diao: Front to Back is the second in a series of exhibitions in The Aldrich’s 50th Anniversary year that presents the work of artists whose careers are intimately tied to the history of the Museum.

April 6, 2014 to April 5, 2015

The Aldrich Collection 1964-1974: Standing in the Shadows of Love

The Aldrich is marking its 50th Anniversary with a series of exhibitions and programs that examine the Museum’s formative years of 1964 to 1974 through a contemporary lens, illuminating the lasting impact of a seminal period of history.

April 6, 2014 to September 21, 2014

Jessica Jackson Hutchins: Unicorn

Unicorn presents eight works by Jessica Jackson Hutchins, spanning video, sculpture, collage and monoprints, and a new large-scale sculpture.

April 6, 2014 to September 21, 2014

Taylor Davis: If you steal a horse, and let him go, he’ll take you to the barn you stole him from

Davis’s deep interest in sculpture is based in the way that a viewer’s orientation can be influenced by the perception of both form and language in space, and how this experience is an analogy to the ongoing need to constantly orient oneself in relationship to the world.

April 6, 2014 to September 21, 2014

Michelle Lopez: Angels, Flags, Bangs

Sculptor Michelle Lopez explores the contested yet generative place where Minimalism and Feminism converge, diverge, and ultimately reunite.

April 6, 2014 to September 21, 2014

Michael Joo: Drift

Over a career that now spans two decades, Michael Joo has redefined sculpture, creating a body of work that transcends the seduction of technology and the easy answers offered by science to generate a set of questions that place humankind in the context of natural history.

April 6, 2014 to July 6, 2014

Jack Whitten: Evolver

​Jack Whitten: Evolver is one of a series of exhibitions mounted in connection with The Aldrich’s 50th Anniversary that presents the recent work of artists who played a significant role during the first decade of the Museum’s history.

September 22, 2013 to March 9, 2014

James Mollison: The Disciples

​In 2005 James Mollison began a four-year project to photograph not the musicians, but the fans of a cross section of popular music acts in both the United States and Europe.

September 22, 2013 to March 9, 2014

Sol LeWitt: The Music Collection

The Music Collection is just what the title of the exhibition implies, a view 
into LeWitt’s amassing of both scores by contemporary composers and an encyclopedic library of recorded music.

September 22, 2013 to March 9, 2014

Martin Creed: Scales

​The multifarious activities of Martin Creed—visual artist, composer, musician, performer, and choreographer—are received and contextualized as artworks, yet he resists that definition; rather, he catalogues his output by a simple taxonomy: a number followed by a descriptive title.

September 22, 2013 to March 9, 2014

Simon Blackmore: Three Sound Works

​For artist Simon Blackmore, the nature and history of musical translation and
its relationship to technology has provided a rich area for inquiry.

September 22, 2013 to March 9, 2014

Xaviera Simmons: Underscore

Xaviera Simmons’s body of work spans photography, performance, video, sound and installation.

June 8, 2013 to September 2, 2013

Legacy: Photographs from the Emily Fisher Landau Collection

Legacy: Photographs from the Emily Fisher Landau Collection features a notable selection of photographs drawn exclusively from the collection of works gifted to the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2010 by New York philanthropist and art collector, Emily Fisher Landau.

May 27, 2013 to September 2, 2013

Allison Smith: Rudiments of Fife & Drum

Rudiments of Fife & Drum is the culmination of a year-long project organized by the artist Allison Smith in collaboration with The Aldrich Museum.

March 24, 2013 to August 25, 2013

Amelie Chabannes: Double Portraits and a Fourth Hand

In 2009, Amelie Chabannes began working with identity as a subject, not via the usual autobiographical route, but rather through combining an objective interest in philosophy, psychology, and art history.

March 24, 2013 to August 25, 2013

Ballpoint Pen Drawing Since 1950

This exhibition and its accompanying publication bring together the work of eleven artists who have done extensive work with the pen, disproving the view that the ballpoint
 does not have aesthetic potential and that its range is limited.

March 24, 2013 to August 25, 2013

Robert Longo: The Capitol Project

​Robert Longo’s artworks represent diverse fragments, contained within as well as sprung from a restlessly circulated and widely shared image-archive; surrogated archetypes of war, revolt, beauty, love, sex, power, religion, politics, culture, transgression, and subjugation.

March 24, 2013 to May 26, 2013

Harry Dodge: MEATY BEATY BIG AND BOUNCY

Transitive states, simultaneous multiplicities, and the trouble with (or the troubling of) definition are central concerns in Harry Dodge’s interdisciplinary practice.

March 24, 2013 to August 25, 2013

Dan Miller and Judith Scott: Creative Growth

The Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, CA, was founded in 1972 and serves a community of mentally, developmentally, and physically disabled adult artists.

March 24, 2013 to August 25, 2013

Jane South: Floor/Ceiling

South’s large-scale works are notable due to being made almost entirely out of painted, cut, and glued paper.

October 19, 2012 to February 24, 2013

Wendell Castle: Wandering Forms — Works from 1959–1979

Celebrated American designer/craftsman Wendell Castle (b. 1932) has been creating unique pieces of handmade sculpture and furniture for over five decades.

July 15, 2012 to February 24, 2013

united states

united states is a semester of solo exhibitions and artist’s projects that approach both the nature of the United States as a country and “united states” as the notion of uniting separate forms, entities, or conditions of being.

July 15, 2012 to September 30, 2012

Hank Willis Thomas: Strange Fruit

Partially inspired by Harvey Young’s recent book, Embodying the Black Experience: Stillness, Critical Memory, and the Black Body, this exhibition is a visual and conceptual exploration of the black body as spectacle and souvenir in American popular culture.

July 15, 2012 to September 30, 2012

Jonathan Brand: One Piece at a Time

One Piece at a Time, pays homage to Johnny Cash’s song about a car assembly line worker’s fantasy of owning a Cadillac by removing one auto part at a time, stashed in his lunch box, and assembling it at home. Similarly, Brand re-created his car one piece at a time.

July 15, 2012 to September 30, 2012

Pedro Barbeito: Pop Violence

Spanish-born, New York-based artist Pedro Barbeito’s exhibition at The Aldrich presents a series of work ranging from 2005 to the present. The paintings in Pop Violence are based on images of war drawn from American entertainment and news media.

July 15, 2012 to February 24, 2013

Brad Kahlhamer: Bowery Nation

Brad Kahlhamer’s gallery-filling installation, Bowery Nation, brings together 100 small, figurative sculptures that speak not only of the artist’s Native American roots, but also to his time spent with the vibrant creative community on New
 York City’s Lower East Side.

July 15, 2012 to February 24, 2013

Erik Parker: Too Mad to Be Scared

The Aldrich’s exhibition of the work of Erik Parker focuses on his lyrical maps, which present and document a timely, poignant, and thoroughly critical overview of the obscure socio-political and economic dynamics of the United States.

July 15, 2012 to February 24, 2013

Brian Knep: Deep Wounds

In 2006, Brian Knep was invited to produce a work for Harvard University following
a year-long residency. The artist chose as his location Memorial Hall, a building
erected in the 1870s in remembrance of Harvard students who died in defense of
the Union during the Civil War.

July 15, 2012 to February 24, 2013

Brody Condon: To prove her zeal one woman ate mud.

Brody Condon’s work often addresses the over-identification with fantasy prevalent in American culture.

May 20, 2012 to October 21, 2012

FOUND Outside

Joy Curtis, Ethan Greenbaum, Jason Clay Lewis, Saul Melman, Jessica Segall, and Jean-Marc Superville-Sovak

April 1, 2012 to May 12, 2012

James Grashow: Corrugated Fountain

Corrugated Fountain, was inspired by the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Bernini’s famous Baroque sculpture that was completed in 1762.

January 29, 2012 to June 10, 2012

Kathryn Spence: Dirty and Clean

San Francisco-based artist Kathryn Spence is inspired by nature in the production of her sculptures and installations.

January 29, 2012 to June 10, 2012

Jim Dingilian: Subtractive Images

Jim Dingilian has developed a body of work in which he painstakingly renders ephemeral imagery by hand on found objects.

June 26, 2011 to December 31, 2011

Kate Eric: One Plus One Minus One

Kate Eric is a decade-old collaborative identity comprised of Kate Tedman and Eric Siemens. The married couple spend part of their time in San Francisco and part in Italy, where they own a rural house that provides the perfect setting for long spans of isolation.

January 30, 2011 to June 5, 2011

Hope Gangloff: Love Letters

Hope Gangloff was born in Amityville, New York, in 1974. She studied fine art at Cooper Union in New York and for many years made her living by doing illustrations for publications such as The New York Times and The New Yorker and working in a foundry.

January 30, 2011 to June 5, 2011

Timothy White: Portraits

Timothy White: Portraits was on view at The Aldrich in January 2011 through June 2011.

January 30, 2011 to June 5, 2011

KAWS: Companion (Passing Through)

Companion (Passing Through) is an outdoor project by Brooklyn-based artist Brian Donnelly, a.k.a. KAWS, who had his first solo museum exhibition at The Aldrich in 2010. On this occasion, KAWS presents a more than sixteen-foot-high sculpture of his Companion, sitting down with both gloved hands covering its face.

January 30, 2011 to June 5, 2011

Thilo Hoffmann: High School Portraits

Over the course of the past decade, Swiss artist Thilo Hoffman has consistently worked by intruding—politely—into the lives of individuals and organizations. Working in collaboration with his subjects, he acts more as an impresario than an artist, enabling participants to realize their dreams and wishes via his deceptively simple film and photography projects.

January 30, 2011 to May 30, 2011

Shimon Attie: MetroPAL.IS.

Shimon Attie’s MetroPAL.IS. is an eight-channel immersive HD video installation that features members of the Israeli and Palestinian communities of New York City.

January 30, 2011 to June 5, 2011

Jenny Dubnau: Head On

Jenny Dubnau’s series of portraits for her exhibition at The Aldrich includes artists Shimon Attie, James Esber, Thilo Hoffmann, herself, and some Museum staff members. All the artists represented are currently exhibiting at the Museum during this semester in which the work on view relates to the theme of Portraiture.

January 30, 2011 to June 5, 2011

James Esber: Your Name Here

This exhibition brings together two separate but related bodies of work that James Esber has pursued for the past two years.

October 31, 2010 to March 27, 2011

Robert Taplin: The Young Punch Goes Shopping with His Mother

Robert Taplin: The Young Punch Goes Shopping with His Mother portrays Punch as a five-foot-tall child being led by his towering, eight-foot-tall mother. Punch, who is usually pictured causing trouble, is caught in an awkward and subservient role, emphasizing his male adolescent persona.

October 31, 2010 to March 20, 2011

Robert Taplin: Selections from the Punch Series, 2005–10

Sculptor Robert Taplin has recently focused on an ongoing series of works that portray the fictional character Punch and his misadventures in the contemporary world. Rooted deep in Western mythology, Punch is an Anglicized version of Punchinello, the trickster figure that played a major role in sixteenth-century Italian commedia dell’arte.

June 27, 2010 to January 2, 2011

Gary Lichtenstein: 35 Years of Screenprinting

Gary Lichtenstein: 35 Years of Screenprinting at The Aldrich.

June 27, 2010 to January 2, 2011

Rackstraw Downes: Under the Westside Highway

This exhibition chronicles the creation of Rackstraw Downes’s three-part painting, Under the Westside Highway at 145th Street: The North River Water Pollution Control Plant, and a related painting of the George Washington Carver housing project at 103rd Street and Park Avenue in New York City.

June 27, 2010 to January 2, 2011

KAWS

This first solo museum exhibition of the work of Brooklyn-based artist and designer Brian Donnelly, a.k.a. KAWS, includes his most recent paintings, sculptures, and drawings, as well as a survey of his iconic street art, apparel, product and graphic designs.

June 27, 2010 to January 2, 2011

Beryl Korot: Text/Weave/Line—Video, 1977-2010

This is complex, ruminative, and beautiful work—drawing on Korot’s rich knowledge of literature and history, infused with a lifetime’s commitment to art, music and time-based performance, and rooted in the ancient origins of digital media.

June 27, 2010 to January 2, 2011

Fritz Haeg: Something for Everyone

Places to learn & teach, compost & grow food, move & dance, gather & converse, and host native flying squirrels are installed throughout the indoor and outdoor public spaces of the Museum, which was originally a private residence.

June 27, 2010 to January 2, 2011

John Shearer: America (Continued)

John Shearer’s career as a photojournalist began in 1964, when at the age of seventeen he became one of the youngest staff photographers for LOOK magazine.