This space is used for the Museum’s public programming where visitors participate in courageous conversations and hands-on workshops with people from a diverse range of backgrounds including artists, educators, and each other. In addition, The Studio has drop-in hours where visitors of all ages can participate in self-directed art-making projects. The scale of The Studio allows for intimate and focused experiences catalyzed by the artists’ work and ideas present in the exhibitions.
The Studio is currently dedicated for visitors to view videos of work created by artists including performance, sound, conversation, and process.
The Studio is currently closed for art-making and public programs due to COVID-19. The space has been transformed into a temporary video screening room.
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 Twentyexhibition 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.
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.