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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

June 10, 2023

Art-Making Workshop: Creating with Copper

Join Aldrich Educator Susie Buckley as she guides participants through engraving soft copper sheeting to create a landscape work. Inspired by the artist Matthew Barney's Bayhorse, a five-panel series of landscapes made on copper plating included in the current exhibition Prima Materia: The Periodic Table in Contemporary Art.

July 20, 2023 at 6:30 pm | Talks

Oppenheimer Film Screening and Artist Conversation with Bryan McGovern Wilson

Please join artist and director Bryan McGovern Wilson and artist, writer, and curator Richard Klein for a live conversation and film screening of Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer.

July 29, 2023

Prima Materia Panel Conversation with Artists

Join us for a panel conversation on Prima Materia: The Periodic Table in Contemporary Art with exhibiting artists Rachel Berwick, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, and Winston Roeth, moderated by the exhibition’s curator Richard Klein.

August 5, 2023

The Alchemy of Word and Image: An Ekphrastic Workshop

Join Aldrich Educator Barb Jennes to create an alchemy of word and image as we closely inspect several provocative pieces in the current exhibition Prima Materia: The Periodic Table in Contemporary Art.

September 23, 2023

Musical Performance: Transonic Homes

The second live performance installment of the Aldrich Box, a year-long traveling exhibition, is Transonic Homes, a solo musical performance by musician, composer, and collaborator Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache).

The performance will take place outdoors in the Museum’s Sculpture Garden on Saturday, September 23rd at 7pm, weather permitting.