Looking for something to do over the holiday break? Bring your guests to The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum on Tuesday, Dec. 30, to enjoy free admission and a tour! The Aldrich is continuing its year-long 50th anniversary celebration with seven new exhibitions that highlight not only the museum’s legacy, but also the relationship between the era in which it was founded and our current cultural, social, and political landscape.
This presentation, which is on view until April 5, 2015, includes three overlapping series of exhibitions that use the perspective gained over five decades to focus on the museum’s formative years:
The first, Part Two of Standing in the Shadows of Love: The Aldrich Collection 1964–1974, is a group exhibition that features iconic, historical works by Richard Artschwager, Eva Hesse, Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Martin, and Richard Serra that represent the Museum’s early collection acquired by founder Larry Aldrich.
The second offers new projects by contemporary artists whose work reflects the continuing influence of both art and culture from the 1960s and 1970s, presented in conversation with the historical pieces: Kate Gilmore: A Roll in the Way; Ernesto Neto: The Body That Gravitates on Me; David Scanavino: Imperial Texture; and Cary Smith: Your Eyes They Turn Me.
The third comprises two solo exhibitions featuring recent work by artists who showed at The Aldrich during the museum’s first decade: Mary Beth Edelson: Six Story Gathering Boxes (1972–2014) and Jackie Winsor: With and Within.
Standing in the Shadows of Love: The Aldrich Collection 1964–1974, Part 2: Richard Artschwager, Eva Hesse, Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Martin, and Richard Serra
Larry Aldrich’s legacy is examined through the work of artists he championed early in their careers, a practice still honored in the mission of the museum. Five seminal pieces will be presented in conversation with work by today’s artists.
Mary Beth Edelson: Six Story Gathering Boxes (1972–2014)
Six of Edelson’s groundbreaking story-gathering boxes — an ongoing participatory project initiated in 1972 that demonstrated early vestiges of “social practice” — including a new box specially commissioned by The Aldrich.
Kate Gilmore: A Roll in the Way
A new video and site-specific sculpture that records a private performance produced at The Aldrich, documenting Gilmore’s systematic actions as she lifts heavy logs, dips them in paint, and rolls them onto a large white base.
Ernesto Neto: The Body That Gravitates on Me
A translucent organic sculpture, dangling in the museum’s 25-foot atrium, blurs the boundaries between inside and outside, weightlessness and gravitational pull, relaxation and tension, and playfulness and formal rigor.
David Scanavino: Imperial Texture
An immersive and colorful site-specific floor sculpture and large-scale wall relief created for The Aldrich that transforms the gallery space into both an experiential installation and an engaging platform for interactivity.
Cary Smith: Your Eyes They Turn Me
A selection of paintings that vacillate between geometric and biomorphic abstraction, including Smith’s Splats, radiating works that utilize a splash-like motif, and Wonder Wheels, optically active grids that exhibit a music-like tonality.
Jackie Winsor: With and Within
The artist’s first solo museum exhibition since 1997, uniting 10 works from the Inset Wall series; Painted Piece, an influential performative sculpture with photographs recording its creation; and videos and photos documenting the making of Fifty-Fifty and Burnt Piece.
The Aldrich, now in its 50th year, is one of the few independent, non-collecting contemporary art museums in the United States, and the only museum in Connecticut devoted to contemporary art. It is one of only 20 museums in Connecticut and only 318 art museums in the country to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
The museum, at 258 Main Street in Ridgefield, is dedicated to fostering innovative artists whose ideas and interpretations of the world around us serve as a platform to encourage creative thinking. All exhibitions and programs are handicapped accessible. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 5. For more information, visit aldrichart.org or call 203-438-4519.