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Important Update

Public Programs

Participate in a broad range of programs designed to deepen understanding and engagement with the works of art on view, focused on interactive experiences around contemporary culture.

These programs include tours and talks with curators, artists, and scholars; performances in adjacent media such as music, dance, theater, and experimental forms; artist-led community events; and classes to build skills in creating and understanding art while engaging with artists and peers.

Hindsight is Podcast Series

Person in white dress holds a flag with stars on it

We are thrilled to present Hindsight is, a three-episode podcast series in the radio play genre to be released weekly starting on Monday, October 19. The series will focus on vignette scenes with a range of local and regional historical figures in Connecticut including women’s Suffragist Alice Paul and former NAACP Connecticut Chapter President William Webb. Actors will portray these historical figures, dramatizing social and political issues intensified this year such as voting rights, racism, and fascism through their unique perspectives as citizens from the past. These episodes will be accompanied by two public programs, see below. In addition to the episodes, further digital materials including transcripts, research images, and a teaching guide with accompanying workshop will be made available to educators and parents to use as resources for student learning.

Hindsight is podcast series is produced by Piti Theatre Company. Their mission is to create original performances and community-building events that accelerate local transformation towards joy, sustainability and justice.

Piti Theatre Company will also work with Aldrich Teen Fellows and collaborate with Aldrich educators on developing digital resources for youth and family engagement with topics presented in the podcast series.

This series is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Twenty Twenty.

Episode One: Alice Paul & Woodrow Wilson: Together Again in 2020, Hindsight is

Episode One: Alice Paul & Woodrow Wilson: Together Again in 2020, Hindsight is

Episode Two: The Webbs, Hindsight is

Episode Two: The Webbs, Hindsight is

ILLSA Ballot for Twenty Twenty

Letterpress pages marked up and hung on a wall in rows.

Previous project by ILSSA

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is thrilled to present a participatory mail art project, “The ILSSA Ballot for Twenty Twenty,” created by artists Bridget Elmer and Emily Larned in concurrence with the upcoming Twenty Twenty exhibition.

“The ILSSA Ballot for Twenty Twenty” encourages participants to reclaim language, parse dichotomies, and give voice to perspectives unrepresented in the rhetoric surrounding the 2020 US presidential election. Participants in the project will receive a custom designed, letterpress printed ballot, with an invitation to mail-in their responses for display at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.

The project will grow cumulatively throughout the duration of the Twenty Twenty exhibition concluding on Sunday, March 14, 2021. A limited edition of 100 ballots will be available for participants who can register through The Aldrich’s website. Ballots will be mailed directly from the artists soon after Election Day on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

ILSSA stands for Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts, a union for reflective creative practice established in 2008 as a collaboration between the artists. ILSSA has a long-standing practice of publishing participatory, contemplative tools and resources, which often take the form of call-and-response.

Register for The ILSSA Ballot for Twenty Twenty

Funders

Generous support for Education and Public programs is provided by The Leir Foundation; Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts; Institute of Museum and Library Services; National Endowment for the Arts; Ridgefield Thrift Shop; The Gage Fund; New England Foundation for the Arts; Connecticut Humanities; and Fairfield County Bank.

Generous support for Hindsight is podcast series is provided by the New England Foundation for the Arts and Connecticut Humanities. Funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

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Related Events

October 12, 2020 at 12:00 pm to January 31, 2021 at 12:00 pm

ILSSA Ballot for Twenty Twenty

“The ILSSA Ballot for Twenty Twenty” is a participatory mail art project created by artists Bridget Elmer and Emily Larned in concurrence with the upcoming Twenty Twenty exhibition.

October 19, 2020

Podcast Series: Hindsight is

We are thrilled to present Hindsight is, a three-episode podcast series in the radio play genre to be released weekly starting on Monday, October 19.

October 29, 2020 at 6:30 pm | Workshops

Anti-Racism Workshop: The Webbs

The Aldrich is thrilled to welcome Kirsten Ivey-Colson and Lynn Turner, the duo behind The AntiRacist Table.

November 2, 2020

Podcast Release: How Worried Should We Be? Hitler on Trial at Ridgefield High, 1934

In April 1934, Ridgefield High School's Economics Class held a mock trial of Adolf Hitler.

November 4 at 11:00 am to December 9, 2020 at 12:30 pm | Workshops

"Getting" Contemporary Art: Fall 2020 Series

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is thrilled to announce the return of the popular series “Getting” Contemporary Artthis fall exploring a new roster of exhibitions and artist ideas.

November 8, 2020 at 1:00 pm

Movement Masterclass: Contemporary Art and Dance

Calling all dancers! You are invited to an outdoor collaborative movement masterclass that highlights the intersections between contemporary art and dance.

November 16, 2020 at 3:30 pm

Virtual Mindfulness and Movement: Notice Nature

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

November 17, 2020 at 4:00 pm

Virtual Poetry: Words + Shape = POW!

The whole family is invited to take part in this intergenerational poetry “playshop” led by Aldrich educator Barb Jennes, Ridgefield’s Poet Laureate.

November 19, 2020 at 5:00 pm | Workshops

Virtual Drink and Draw

Grab your favorite cocktail or glass of wine and connect for another Aldrich virtual happy hour and drawing session!

November 21, 2020

Third Weekend

Visit the Museum for free the third weekend of every month!

December 10, 2020 at 6:00 pm | Workshops

“Getting” Contemporary Art with Noah Fox

Join Noah Fox, The Aldrich's Education Manager and Westport’s 2019 Horizon Award winner, for another iteration of “Getting” Contemporary Art.

December 17, 2020 at 5:00 pm | Workshops

Virtual Drink and Draw

Grab your favorite cocktail or glass of wine and connect for another Aldrich virtual happy hour and drawing session!

December 19, 2020

Third Weekend

Visit the Museum for free the third weekend of every month.

February 7, 2021 at 2:00 pm | Talks

ARTalk - African American Artists: Self Determination and Resistance from the Roaring 20's to 2020

This ARTalk features Stephanie Sparling Williams, Ph.D. who is a black feminist theorist and an Associate Curator at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. This lecture explores the themes of self-determination and resistance in art made by African Americans over the last century.