“Getting” Contemporary Art: Making Sense of Modern vs. Contemporary Art

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 11:30 am to 1 pm

Adult Learners
Five-class series: $200; $180 member
Drop-in class: $40; $36 member
Purchase at shop.aldrichart.org

Are you curious about Contemporary Art? Do you ever look at a work of art and say to yourself, “I just don’t get it”? Led by Danielle Ogden, M.A., Ed.M., this 5-week course provides a roadmap for understanding the works of some of the most influential artists of our time. Through stimulating lectures, lively conversations, and hands-on activities, we will dive deep and explore the central themes and ideas that have influenced artistic practice since the 1960s, including identity politics, the body, spirituality, the environment, and technology. Time will be spent looking closely at works of art in the Museum’s galleries and placing them within the context of Contemporary Art movements. We will also dedicate time to self-reflection, providing opportunities to identify, cultivate, and even debate, your own approaches to analyzing, interpreting, and engaging with Contemporary Art.The fifth class will include a unique behind-the-scenes opportunity to meet exhibiting artist, Zoë Sheehan Saldaña, during the installation of her upcoming exhibition, There Must Be Some Way Out of Here.

During the course, you will:

  • Learn to identify the works of major artists from the modern and contemporary periods, as well as the stylistic characteristics of these periods.
  • Develop skills and tools for looking at, understanding, and critically analyzing contemporary art.
  • Express interpretations of works and make specific connections between the form and content of these works of art and their larger social, political, and intellectual contexts.

“Getting” Contemporary Art is led by Danielle Ogden, MA., Ed.M. Danielle has over fifteen years of academic and museum experience. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at Fairfield University teaching the Modern Art and History, Theory and Practice of Museums courses. She also serves as a Museum Specialist to the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield, CT focused on Adult Learning. Prior to this she supported the launch of the National Gallery Singapore, as Senior Manager of Adult Learning and Access Programs.