Sloth, The Aldrich’s contribution to Seven Deadly Sins, the first programmatic collaboration between The Fairfield Westchester Museum Alliance—a group of arts institutions in Connecticut and New York—is a project organized by artist Mats Bigert (b. 1965, Stockholm, Sweden) and Cabinet magazine editor-in-chief Sina Najafi (b.1965, Tehran, Iran). Utilizing the first floor and porch of The Aldrich’s historic “Old Hundred” building that dates from 1783, Bigert and Najafi do not address Sloth thematically, instead opting to advance human understanding by inhabiting the sin.
Using the latest Western technologies—including Bob-O-Pedic recliners, video, television monitors, gin, ice, and tonic—Bigert and Najafi offer The Aldrich’s visitors the chance to armchair travel to the other six venues. No need to go all the way to Katonah! (And where exactly is Wave Hill?) Put aside that map, put up your feet, and learn about the other sins, thanks to the diligent curators at the other six institutions. And Sloth? Well, by the time you have sunk into the deep folds of one of the exhibition’s recliners, we think that you, too, will have come to know and love this most excellent of sins.
The series of exhibitions and programs will take place at The Aldrich; Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT (Pride); Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY (Envy); Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill, NY (Lust); Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, NY (Gluttony); Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, NY (Greed); and Wave Hill in Bronx, NY (Wrath).
Generous support for Sloth has been provided by Bob’s Discount Furniture and The International Artists Studio Program in Stockholm (IASPIS).