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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

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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

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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 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

May 1, 2021 at 1:00 pm | Workshops

Outdoor Family Clay Play, Inspired by Genesis Belanger

Join Education Assistant Lorena Sferlazza for an outdoor, family-friendly open studio playing with clay in the Museum’s Sculpture Garden!

May 2, 2021 at 1:00 pm | Performances

Music Inspired by Art: Harpist Wendy Kerner

Inspired by Tim Prentice’s kinetic sculptures, harpist Wendy Kerner will perform pieces by composers including Alan Hovhaness, Philip Glass, Brandee Younger, and Edward Thompson in the galleries.

May 4, 2021 at 6:00 pm | Talks

Virtual Artist Conversation: Genesis Belanger

Join Senior Curator Amy Smith-Stewart and artist Genesis Belanger on a virtual walk through and Q&A of her exhibition Through the Eye of a Needle.

May 11, 2021 at 4:00 pm

Virtual Poetry: Odes to the Objects We Love

We’ll explore the unique essence of your objects, finding how they’re as rich in symbolism as the items included in the traveling exhibition known as the Aldrich Care Box.

May 20, 2021 at 6:00 pm | Talks

Frank Stella: Virtual Talk with Art Historian Robert Hobbs presented with The Glass House

This talk will cover Frank Stella’s artistic development and his place in art history by examining Stella’s works from the current Aldrich exhibition Frank Stella’s Stars, A Survey and the Glass House’s collection.

May 20, 2021 at 7:00 pm | Talks

Thrown Stone's Meet the Playwrights for "The Suburbs"

“Meet the Playwrights,” a lively and candid discussion with the award-winning authors of The Suburbs. In this Zoom interview, led by CT Office of the Arts Program Associate Kolton Harris, playwrights Tony Meneses, Phanésia Pharel, Catherine Yu, and director Kholoud Sawaf will talk about the three new plays that make up this unusual roving production.

June 15, 2021 at 4:00 pm | Workshops

Virtual Poetry: When Trash Is a Poet’s Treasure

Just as artist Hugo McCloud employs discarded plastic bags as the colorful medium of the works included in his from where I stand exhibition, poets can use discarded print media to create poems that are works of art.

June 20, 2021 at 1:00 pm | Performances

Scores for the Stars, Part II

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.

June 21, 2021 | Performances

Make Music Day

We are delighted to partner with Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra on three performances as a part of Ridgefield’s Make Music Day!