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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; 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

October 22, 2022 at 5:00 pm | Performances

October | Performance Choreographed by Phoebe Berglund | Music by Celia Hollander

October is an abstract dance built on repetitive formal structures inspired by the work 4 Into 3 by Cecile Abish, included in the current exhibition 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone. Choreographed and performed by Phoebe Berglund in collaboration with dancers Elanor Bock, Emily Kessler, Jade Manns. Music by Celia Hollander.

October 29, 2022 at 6:00 pm | Performances

RSO Quartet in Concert Inspired by 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone

We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra to present the RSO Quartet for a performance inspired by current exhibition, 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone. The quartet features violinists Jorge Avilia and Mialtin Zhezha, violist Suzanne Corey-Sahlin, and cellist Nick Hardie.

November 2, 2022 at 4:00 pm | Talks

Virtual Panel Conversation: Global Feminism

We’re delighted to present a panel discussion with artists Leilah Babirye, Aya Rodriguez-Izumi, Kiyan Williams, and Lizania Cruz, moderated by curator and writer Legacy Russell, author of Glitch Feminism and Executive Director of The Kitchen in New York City.

November 19, 2022 at 3:30 pm

Book Release: 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone

Join us to celebrate the launch of the 192-page hardcover book, co-published with Gregory R. Miller & Co, for 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone! This significant catalogue includes essays by curators Amy Smith-Stewart and Alexandra Schwartz, an introductory text by Lucy R. Lippard, individual artist spreads, a complete exhibition checklist, and installation photography from both the original 1971 exhibition Twenty Six Contemporary Women Artists and the current exhibition, 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone.

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.