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. Standing in the Shadows of Love: The Aldrich Collection 1964-1974–a two-part exhibition of iconic works that are representative of The Aldrich’s early collection acquired by founder Larry Aldrich–has also created a platform for a cross-generational dialogue.
Alongside these iconic works, curators will present solo exhibitions throughout the year of eight contemporary artists whose work reflects the legacy that Mr. Aldrich created. Artists include: Taylor Davis, Kate Gilmore, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Michael Joo, Michelle Lopez, Ernesto Neto, David Scanavino, and Cary Smith.
By opening a conversation between the historical works and the work of the younger artists, this suite of exhibitions clearly and specifically reveals the continuing influence of both the art and culture of the 1960s. Today’s artists provide the interpretation, evolution, and further development of themes and ideas expressed and explored in the classic works on view, testifying to the influence and impact of the artists identified and supported by Mr. Aldrich before they were proven, at a time when they were still forming the visual vocabulary that would come to define an era.
The works included in Standing in the Shadows of Love are either the actual pieces that were in the Museum’s early collection, or comparable examples of the artist’s work from the same period. They are presented in transitional spaces throughout the Museum, along with materials from The Aldrich’s archive that document the close collaboration and intimate connections between the exhibiting artists and the institution.
Top image: Eva Hesse, Accession, 1967; Collection of Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase, Friends of Modern Art Fund and Miscellaneous Gifts Fund