The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is pleased to announce that curator and architect Eduardo Andres Alfonso has been named Associate Curator and will be starting his new role at the Museum on February 13, 2023. Using research to situate exhibition histories within larger social, economic, and political contexts, Alfonso’s curatorial practice engages audiences through new commissions and innovative exhibition design.
Alfonso shared, “I am thrilled to be joining the team at The Aldrich. I share their commitment to providing a launchpad for artists and am deeply inspired by the institution’s nearly sixty-year focus on curating watershed exhibitions for emerging artists and dedication to resurfacing overlooked practices. The Aldrich has been a significant part of the northeastern United States artistic ecosystem and I hope to honor this history while also expanding access to new audiences in the region.”
Most recently Alfonso was the Assistant Curator of Visual Arts at The Shed in New York City where he worked on The Yanomami Struggle and is part of the curatorial team for Open Call 2023 visual arts exhibition, slated to open later this year. Prior to his time at The Shed he completed a Masters in Curatorial Studies at Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College where he curated Frame (Traced) (2022), a new commission with artist Alan Ruiz that surveyed how architecture and protocol structure access to the museum and its resources. While at CCS Bard Alfonso also co-curated Ñande Róga (2021) and FIGURE DOOR PASSAGE (2022). During his time attending CCS Bard, Alfonso was a Curator-in-Residence at EMPAC in Troy, NY, where he co-curated Conspiracy Influencer (2022), and a Curatorial Fellow at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University (2021).
Chief Curator Amy Smith-Stewart said: “Eduardo’s artist-focused vision is shaped by an imaginative, collaborative, and experimental approach to exhibition making. I am excited to have him join the curatorial team and eager to see how he animates our programmatic commitment to emerging and underrecognized voices.”
Cybele Maylone, Executive Director shared: “I am thrilled that Eduardo is joining The Aldrich at this exciting moment, bringing new energy and ideas to Amy Smith-Stewart’s curatorial team.”
Alfonso’s other curatorial projects include The Personal Laboratory (2018) and The Hong Kong Journey (2018), archival exhibitions on the architect Paul Rudolph at The Modulightor Building (New York, NY) and The Center for Architecture (New York, NY), respectively; as well as exhibitions with Downs and Ross (New York, NY), A+A Gallery (Venice, Italy), and King’s Leap (New York, NY). Alfonso was an adjunct lecturer at The Spitzer School of Architecture at City College (2018-20) and a visiting assistant tutor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture (2015). He received a Bachelor’s in Architecture from The Cooper Union’s Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture (2014).
About The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Founded by Larry Aldrich in 1964, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is one of the oldest contemporary art museums in the United States. The Museum is one of the few independent, non-collecting institutions in the country and the only museum in Connecticut solely dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art. The Aldrich is internationally recognized for its artist-centric programs and visionary exhibitions. It presents first solo museum exhibitions by emerging artists, significant exhibitions of established artists, and thematic group exhibitions.
Throughout its history, The Aldrich has been among the first to exhibit now-acclaimed artists in group shows such as Frank Stella, Robert Smithson, Eva Hesse, Jack Whitten, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cindy Sherman, Robert Gober, Kerry James Marshall, and Jeffrey Gibson, among many others. In addition, the Museum has consistently presented the first solo museum exhibitions of artists who have gone on to have renowned careers including Olafur Eliasson, Huma Bhabha, KAWS, Michelle Lopez, B. Wurtz, Ruth Root, Hayal Pozanti, David Scanavino, David Brooks, and Eva LeWitt. Since 2004, The Aldrich has occupied a state-of-the-art facility on Main Street in Ridgefield, CT.
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