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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.

Listen to Hindsight is here.

Ander Mikalson: Scores for the Stars, Part I

Painting of a golden sun surrounded by moons in varying phases of waxing and waning.

Ander Mikalson Score for the Stars, 2020 Watercolor and pencil on paper 12 x 18 inches Courtesy of the artist

Scores for the Stars, 2020-21, is a two-part series by artist Ander Mikalson commissioned by The Aldrich and dedicated to Frank Stella’s Stars. The first part, Scores for the Stars, Part I, was a two-channel sound installation on view in the Museum’s Sculpture Garden from December 21, 2020 to January 3, 2021. Signage with QR codes to access Mikalson’s score while viewing Stella’s sculptures was placed in the Sculpture Garden. Visitors were encouraged to explore the outdoor works by Stella and experience Mikalson’s installation together in real time.

Listen to Scores for the Stars, Part I here.

ILSSA Ballot for Twenty Twenty

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.

Learn more here.

Funders

Generous support for Education and Public Programs is provided by Bank of America; Connecticut Humanities; Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation; The Cowles Charitable Trust; David T. Langrock Foundation; Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts; Fairfield County Bank; Gage Fund; Goldstone Family Foundation; The Leir Foundation; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; Ridgefield Thrift Shop; and Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation.

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

December 3, 2022 | Workshops

Studio Workshop: Cookie Decorating

Join The Aldrich’s Curatorial and Publications Manager and owner of CM Cookies, Caitlin Monachino, for a fun day of decorating specialty cutout cookies! Caitlin will be teaching attendees how to decorate cookies inspired by artworks on view in 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone along with some winter classics. You will learn the basics of royal icing cookie design and several insider techniques, just in time for the holidays.

December 10, 2022 | Workshops

Writing Workshop: Call & Response

Join Aldrich educator and Ridgefield Poet Laureate Barb Jennes for an afternoon of ekphrastic writing, using 4-5 favorite works from the current 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone exhibition as inspiration. Ekphrasis is the act of responding to a work of art in poetry or prose. It can be thought of as a personal response to the "call" of a painting, sculpture, or other artistic work.

December 26, 2022 at 1:00 pm | Workshops

Tour & Workshop: The Grid and Beyond

Some artists appear to be content with structure, while others play with it or abandon it all together. Join Aldrich Educator Noelle Newell in exploring the concept of the grid in contemporary art through artists in our 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone exhibition. Then, decide whether you will embrace or abandon the grid through a mixed media artmaking project in our Studio!

December 28, 2022 at 1:00 pm | Workshops

Tour & Workshop: Making Meaning with Simple Materials

How do artists make profound meaning out of simple materials? Join Aldrich Educator Barb Jennes to explore artwork constructed of common or found materials throughout our 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone exhibition and discover how artists employ even the simplest and least-expected media to express their ideas. Afterwards, transform everyday items in our Studio into your own meaningful artwork!

December 29, 2022 at 1:00 pm | Workshops

Tour & Workshop: Zine-Making Workshop

In this workshop inspired by Susan Chen’s painting, An Afternoon Making Quaranzines with Apex for Youth (2022), join Aldrich Educator Alanna Fagan in exploring how artists use their work to connect to their communities. Then, head to the Studio to create your own zine, or self-published booklet, about a topic that is important to you!

January 6, 2023 at 5:00 pm

Aldrich After Hours

We’re back in the new year to celebrate the final weekend of our current exhibition, 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone during Aldrich After Hours! Enjoy a drink and explore this historic exhibition before it closes on January 8th! Museum Educators will also be on-site to lead highlight tours of the show..

January 21, 2023 at 7:00 pm | Performances

Dance Performance | Ali Kenner Brodsky: creating moments

The first live performance installment of the Aldrich Box, a year-long traveling exhibition, is moments, a dance-theatre work created over five years by dancer and choreographer Ali Kenner Brodsky that bridges choreographed movement, composed sound, and art direction.