Special Events

Temporary Closure

Posted 03/13/20

In light of new information, and in an abundance of caution, The Aldrich has concluded that it is in the best interest of our staff and visitors that we temporarily close the Museum’s galleries until further notice effective today, March 13, 2020.

The Museum encourages all to follow the advice of the CDC and government officials to stay safe and healthy during these difficult times.

Please check our website and social media channels for updates. We look forward to welcoming our staff and visitors back to the Museum soon.

Special Events

Art Aldrich: A Curated Art Sale and Silent Auction

Posted 10/15/19

  • Thursday, November 14, 2019, 7 pm to 9 pm
  • 6:30 to 7 pm: VIP Preview
  • 7 to 9 pm: Cocktail party, silent auction, and art sale

Artist Chair: Michael De Feo

Join us for an unforgettable evening with exclusive opportunities to build your art collection. Bid on unique works of art and experiences by Aldrich alumni artists. Purchase works in our one-night-only art sale. Marcia Selden Catering, Fairfield County’s Best of the Gold Coast caterer, will create a festive atmosphere with extraordinary food and a bespoke martini bar featuring drinks by The Cup Bearer and Litchfield Distillery spirits.

To preview all the works and to place an absentee bid, contact Jamie Pearl, Head of Special Events, at jpearl@aldrichart.org.

As a VIP ticketholder you will:

  • Enter the sale a half hour early with a Buy It Now! opportunity to purchase work at the lowest price without competing bidders
  • Access a VIP champagne lounge
  • Take home limited edition Michael De Feo flower temporary tattoos

All proceeds benefit The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

Silent Auction Artists:
Brian Belott
Kathy Butterly
Roz Chast
Taylor Davis
Michael De Feo
Mark Dion
Mary Beth Edelson
Peter Halley
Helena Hernmarck
Matt Hoyt
Brad Kahlhamer
Kim Keever
Gary Lichtenstein
Pam Lins
Steven Millar
Christopher Mir
Virginia Overton
Sheila Pepe
Sarah Peters
Elizabeth Peyton
Tom Sachs
Sally Saul
Regina Silveira
Allison Smith
Luke Stettner
Christopher Taylor
Elif Uras
Marie Watt
Leslie Wayne
Thaddeus Wolfe
B. Wurtz

Benefit Committee:
The Amadeo Family
Sonia and Keith Attkiss
Pam and Jack Baker
Diana Bowes and James Torrey
Maureen Bray
Janine Brown and Peter Weinbach
Antonia and Scott Davis
Eric Diefenbach and James Keith Brown
Linda and Michael Dugan
Jennifer and Gregory Ezring
Patricia and Lawrence Kemp
Kristina Larson
Hiroko Onoda
Amy Pal and Kevin Manley
Emma Phillips
Julie Phillips
Kirsten and Andy Pitts
The Sondheimer Family

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Indira Allegra Playlist

Posted 05/22/19

Below please find the playlist that artist Indira Allegra created following the Material Witness Panel on Sunday, April 28, 2019. Allegra, along with exhibiting artist Harmony Hammond, art historian Tirza True Latimer, and curator Elissa Auther, discussed the meaning of abstract and conceptual art centered on material-based artistic practices.

Here is the description Allegra wrote to accompany the playlist:

I feel that sculptural practices and craft practices are first and foremost, body based practices. Without the durational performance of the body, no objects would exist. When thinking from a body based perspective, it is the layering of choreographies which become material, it is the motion of our bodies and the time needed to move through ideas both in the mind and through our relationships with space, light, sound and matter which become the things we are making. My first understanding of aesthetic abstraction was not through the visual, but through sound. This Material Witness playlist is clutch of ideas which layer the aesthetics of abstract works on top of the labor of bodies which might be considered socially abstract, illegible as full citizens or humans. This Material Witness playlist allows room for imagination - and what is abstraction if not an invitation for imagination to take up residence in an artwork? This archive is a list of materials which might be useful in listening for the whiteness written into a work. This cacophony is the way in which desires born of the body bloom as tensions which exceed our ability to make sense of them. This is material which sometimes takes a circuitous route to understanding pleasure when you ain’t got no class and don’t have the words. It is the witness that results from the duration of physical and aural repetitions. The psychic labor which objects perform for us. The resource that is Material Witness.

Special Events

2019 Benefit Bash

Posted 11/26/18

Saturday, April 27

Honoring Harmony Hammond and Pam and Jack Baker

Honorary Chairs
Georganne Aldrich Heller
Lucy R. Lippard

Benefit Co-Chairs
Rachel Carr Goulding
Maya Frey
Heather Gaudio
Amy Pal

The Aldrich Benefit Bash is the single most important fundraiser of the year. Please join us for an evening of signature cocktails, dinner catered by Abigail Kirsch, and an exciting auction featuring exclusive experiences, artwork, and more.

The Aldrich will honor Harmony Hammond, whose first career-spanning survey will be on view at the Museum March 3 to September 15, 2019. Harmony is a trailblazing artist, a feminist and lesbian activist, as well as a scholar and curator whose work encompasses nearly five decades. Her inimitable approach unites Minimalist and Post-Minimalist strategies with a deep commitment to feminism and the recovery of neglected crafts to create a widely varied body of work that is rich with story and textural and visual resonance.

The Benefit Bash will also honor Pam and Jack Baker, Museum supporters and Litchfield County philanthropists. Jack served as president of the Connecticut Community Foundation, Pam serves on the Mattatuck Museum board, and they both received Patron of the Arts Awards from Governor Malloy in 2016. Jack, whose family owned and operated the Crystal Rock Water Company for over 100 years, founded Litchfield Distillery in 2015, making spirits with locally sourced corn and rye, as both a business venture and for the benefit of his beloved northwestern Connecticut community.

This event 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 underrecognized, 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.

Please contact Jamie Pearl, Head of Events, with any questions at jpearl@aldrichart.org, or 203.438.4519, extension 118.

The official media partner of the 2019 Benefit Bash is Connecticut Cottages & Gardens (CTC&G).

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Aldrich Undercover is BACK!

Posted 07/6/18

We are thrilled to announce that after a six-year hiatus, Aldrich Undercover returns on September 29, 2018. Aldrich Undercover is a “secret” art exhibition and sale to benefit the Museum. The public will be invited to view and purchase hundreds of original artworks donated by leading contemporary artists who have, or will, exhibit at The Aldrich. The CATCH: the artists’ identities will only be revealed after the works are purchased!

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Our Kickstarter campaign is LIVE!

Posted 06/7/18

Help us bring Risa Puno’s installation Common Ground to The Aldrich’s Sculpture Garden.

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The Aldrich Benefit Bash

Posted 01/16/18

The Aldrich Benefit Bash
Honoring Jessica Stockholder
Benefit Chair, Lucy Mitchell-Innes
Saturday, April 21, 2018
7 to 10 pm

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT

The Aldrich Benefit Bash is the single most important fundraiser of the year. This event continues the Museum’s tradition of fostering artists who are at the forefront of contemporary art, mounting exhibitions that have a lasting impact in our field, and presenting dynamic education and public programs in our community.

Jessica Stockholder’s career in the visual arts now spans more than thirty years, including over seventy solo exhibitions worldwide and representation in numerous major public and private collections. Her work, which has had a significant impact on contemporary sculptural practice, is categorized by a deep love of color and a focused engagement with the intersection of pictorial space and the physicality of the material world. Stockholder first exhibited at The Aldrich in 1993, and in 2011 she presented Hollow Places Court in Ash-Tree Wood, a major solo exhibition based on the wood from a 130-year-old ash tree that had been removed from the Museum’s Sculpture Garden. Stockholder is also known for her writing on art and her commitment to teaching, which includes her appointment in 2012 as Chair of the Department of Visual Art at the University of Chicago.

Generous support for The Aldrich’s 2018 Benefit Bash is provided by Crozier and U.S. Trust. The official media partner for this event is Connecticut Cottages and Gardens (CTC&G).

For more information and to purchase tickets please contact Jamie Pearl at 203.438.4519, extension 118, or jpearl@aldrichart.org.

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New Limited Edition Jewelry by Beth Campbell

Posted 07/27/17

These pieces of conceptual jewelry mark Beth Campbell’s first time working in wearable art. Based on two of her mobiles, both currently on view at The Aldrich, My mother’s house (necklace), and You’ve really fucked up this time (earrings), they provide another form for her “drawings in space” focusing on the structure and lines from her Potential Future Drawings and Potential Past Drawings series. These are a diagrammatic exploration of the potential latent within everyday experience rendered in solid 14K gold. Both the earrings and necklace were produced in an edition of ten with one artist’s proof and a prototype.

For sales inquiries, please contact Lisa Ivorian-Jones at lisa@ivorianjones.com or 917.744.6787