Community Day with Artist Beth Campbell

Sunday, August 6, 2017, 1 pm to 4 pm

Registration encouraged

Celebrate summer at The Aldrich!
Join Beth Campbell, Lawrence Weschler, author, and Carl Schoonover, Ph.D., neuroscientist, for a thought-provoking conversation about her exhibition, My Potential Future Past, which explores the “what ifs” and potential of everyday experiences.

Move and groove to Ridgefield’s own School of Rock and take in a powerful performance by an award-winning spoken-word artist, Bronx-based Ceez Liive.

Add your mark to giant collaborative paintings and build colorful mobiles.

Enjoy food-for-purchase including one of the top ten burgers in Fairfield County from Bounty Truck’s farm to mobile kitchen and refreshing shaved ice and ice cream from College Creamery.

Members! Please join us at 12:30 pm for a special talk with Beth Campbell about her exhibition, My Potential Future Past. Not a member? Join today! To RSVP for the talk, please contact Kathryn Tufano at 203.438.4519, extension 148, or by August 2.

Generous support for 2017 Community Day programming is provided by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation and The Leir Charitable Foundations.

Generous funding for Beth Campbell: My Potential Future Past is provided by Bart McDonough and Cheryl Horner.


Beth Campbell received her BFA from Truman State University in 1989, her MFA from Ohio University in 1997, and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1997. Campbell’s practice ranges from drawing to sculpture and installation, and centers on an extensive exploration of the potential latent within everyday experience. She exploits the “what ifs,” channeling those life choices that shape who we think we want to be or who we might really become. In Campbell’s world, objects are personified, rooms multiply, mirrors become portals, and streaming thoughts predict future outcomes. She exposes the inherent beingness underlying daily phenomena through a manipulation of reality, an externalization of internal sensations, and a deft employment of humor, ultimately challenging our perception of the human dimension. Her work is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and The Museum of Modern Art, New York, among others. She lives and works in New York City.

Lawrence Weschler was for over twenty years (1981–2002) a staff writer at The New Yorker, where his work shuttled between political tragedies and cultural comedies. He recently graduated to director emeritus of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU, where he was director from 2001–2013. He is also the artistic director emeritus of the Chicago Humanities Festival, and sometime curator for the New York Live Ideas Festival. Recent books include a considerably expanded edition of Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees, a companion volume, True to Life: Twenty Five Years of Conversation with David Hockney; Uncanny Valley: Adventures in the Narrative; Domestic Scenes: The Art of Ramiro Gomez (Abrams, 2016): and Waves Passing in the Night: Walter Murch in the Land of the Astrophysicists (Bloomsbury, 2017). He is a contributing editor to McSweeney’s, The Threepenny Review, and The Virginia Quarterly Review and has recently been contributing regularly to Vanity Fair, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, and The Believer.

Carl Schoonover, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University where he studies the neural mechanisms that underlie olfactory learning. His doctoral work at Columbia University focused on microanatomy and electrophysiology of rodent somatosensory cortex. He is the author of Portraits of the Mind, has written for The New York Times, Le Figaro, and Scientific American, and he co-founded NeuWrite, a collaborative working group for scientists, writers, and those in between. His radio program on WKCR 89.9 FM, focuses on opera, postwar classical music, and occasionally their relationship to the brain.

Ceez Liive is a spoken-word artist, poet, MC, and educator who lives and works in Bronx,NY. She has performed at Lincoln Center, Central Park Summer Stage, The Hip Hop Cultural Center, The Apollo Theater, and Madison Square Garden, among many other venues. Ceez founded Wordplay: Poetry N Hip Hop for Teens – a nonprofit whose main tenet is tutoring teens and using Hip Hop pedagogy to help foster creativity.