Benefit Bash

Friday, April 24, 2020, 7 pm to 11 pm

The Loading Dock, Stamford, CT

Honoring Helena Hernmarck and Jack Shainman

The Aldrich Benefit Bash is the Museum’s single most important fundraiser of the year. Please join us for an evening of cocktails, dinner, DJ and dancing, and an exciting live auction featuring exclusive experiences, works of art, and more.

For the first time ever, the Benefit Bash will be held at The Loading Dock in Stamford, CT.

For information on table and ticket levels, click here.

The Aldrich will honor Helena Hernmarck, one of the most important contemporary figures in the evolving history of woven tapestries. Weaving in Progress at The Aldrich was the master weaver’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States in 20 years. Hernmarck began her career in the 1960s during an explosion of interest in fiber arts. Her innovations over the ensuing years are unsurpassed in visual imagery and technical innovation. Influenced by pop culture, her mature style evolved into the creation of often-monumental tapestries that exhibit complex illusionary space and diverse subject matter, including trompe l’oeil, landscape, still life, and the human figure. Helena Hernmarck was born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1941. She lives and works in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

The 2020 Benefit Bash will also honor gallerist Jack Shainman. The Aldrich has exhibited artists represented by Shainman since the gallery’s opening in the 1980s, including Shimon Attie, Radcliffe Bailey, Paul Bowen, Petah Coyne, Brad Kahlhamer, Kerry James Marshall, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Claude Simmard, Hank Willis Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems, and Leslie Wayne, among others. The Museum has frequently worked with Jack Shainman Gallery since its humble beginning in New York City’s Lower East Side to the opening of its major new exhibition space, The School, located in Kinderhook, NY. As a gallerist Shainman has consistently set the highest standards for what an art dealer should be: passionate about the art he shows, loyal to his artists, and generous to others in the art world, with a deep belief in social justice and the role of art in moving culture forward.

This Benefit Bash supports the Museum’s mission to present the first museum exhibitions for emerging artists, significant exhibitions of established and mid-career artists whose work is under recognized, thematic group exhibitions exploring topics in contemporary art and society, and newly commissioned work. Accompanying all exhibitions are robust suites of educational and public programs for students, families, and adults.

Benefit Committee (as of 2.18.20):

The Amadeo Family
Sonia Attkiss
Pam and Jack Baker
James Barron
Diana Bowes and James Torrey
Elena Bowes
Deborah Barnett-Brandt and Robert Brandt
Janine Brown and Peter Weinbach
Gretchen and Lance Bylow
Renea and Duncan Dayton
Eric Diefenbach and James Keith Brown
Linda and Michael Dugan
Kristin Peterson Edwards
Jennifer and Gregory Ezring
Liz and Steven Goldstone
Rachel Carr Goulding and Peter Goulding
Agnes Gund
Hall Art Foundation
Thomas B Harris
Georganne Aldrich Heller
Helena Hernmarck
Jack Shainman Gallery
Michael Joo
Meagan and Alexander Julian
Natalie Kates and Amanda Uribe, Latchkey Gallery
Patricia and Lawrence Kemp
Ellen Kern
Kristina and Philip Larson
Carol LeWitt
Lisi and Neil Marcus
Joanne and Mike Murray
Kathleen O’Grady
Amy Pal and Kevin Manley
Frances and Wallace Palmer
Julie Phillips
Kirsten and Andy Pitts
Serena and Ted Roosevelt
Isabelle Schiavi and Andres Recoder
Jack Shainman Gallery
Sonia Skindrud and Bill Covell
Sara and Joshua Slocum
Cynthia Smith
The Sondheimer Family
Maya and Robert Tichio

Please contact Jamie Pearl, Head of Special Events, with any questions at, or 203.438.4519, extension 118.