Curatorial Approach

In the tradition inspired by founder Larry Aldrich, the Museum is an artist-centric institution where the motivations, ideas, and beliefs of the artists whose work we exhibit form the character of the Museum. Artists see The Aldrich as an important venue to introduce new directions in their work or the latest elements of their practice, placing the Museum at the forefront of our rapidly evolving culture. The Aldrich’s approach positions the institution as a leading venue to keep abreast of ongoing developments in the visual arts, as well as a place to begin to learn how to understand and interpret contemporary art. Because the Museum shows contemporary work, the exhibiting artists are regularly present in the Museum, accessible to the public, and a crucial part of our programming.

Through the system of bi-annual themed semester exhibitions and related programs, The Aldrich presents experiences to the public that are expansive, rigorous, often provocative, and always idea-driven, but not constrained by traditional boundaries or definitions. In bringing artists and their work to the Museum, we are constantly examining the connections between the ideas expressed and the world at large.

The Museum actively works to create a community that is bound together by the sharing of thoughtful experiences, natural curiosity, respect for different points of view, and a love for the complex manifestations of visual culture. We believe the role of contemporary art is constantly changing, and that The Aldrich can be at the forefront of these changes by staying true to our core mission of bringing artists and audiences together in creative and stimulating ways.

Funder's Credit

Aldrich Funders

Major funding for exhibitions is provided by the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts; the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation; and Crozier. Additional support is provided by Hotel Zero Degrees, Danbury; Agnes Gund; The Stolbun Collection; GS Gives; Stephanie and Tim Ingrassia; Bart McDonough and Cheryl Horner; Raymond Learsy; James Cottrell and Joseph Lovett; Seymour and Carol Cole Levin; Kim and Larry Heyman; Noah McCormack; Carole Server and Oliver Frankel; Thomson Family Philanthropy, NYC; Cebert S.J. Noonan; and Janet Phelps.

The Museum’s website has been generously supported by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, The Leir Charitable Foundations, The Goldstone Family Foundation, Mark and Marcia Goldstein, and Dale and Laura Kutnick.

Major funding for exhibitions is provided by the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts; the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation; and Crozier. Additional support is provided by Hotel Zero Degrees, Danbury; Agnes Gund; The Stolbun Collection; GS Gives; Stephanie and Tim Ingrassia; Bart McDonough and Cheryl Horner; Raymond Learsy; James Cottrell and Joseph Lovett; Seymour and Carol Cole Levin; Kim and Larry Heyman; Noah McCormack; Carole Server and Oliver Frankel; Thomson Family Philanthropy, NYC; Cebert S.J. Noonan; and Janet Phelps.

The Museum’s website has been generously supported by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, The Leir Charitable Foundations, The Goldstone Family Foundation, Mark and Marcia Goldstein, and Dale and Laura Kutnick.