A note about the exhibition’s opening: Genesis Belanger: Through the Eye of a Needle will be open for a Members-Only Preview Day on Saturday, September 19 and there will be a private opening on Sunday, September 20. The first day the exhibition will be open to the general public is Monday, September 21. To book your timed-ticket for September 21 onwards, click here. To register for the Members-Only Preview Day, click here. Not a member? Join today and see the exhibition early!
Through the Eye of a Needle is the first major solo museum exhibition of New York-based artist Genesis Belanger (b. 1978), whose practice spans sculptures and tableaux, primarily composed out of porcelain, stoneware, and upholstery. Anthropomorphizing common household objects--lipsticks with wagging tongues, lamps with ladies' pearls, and tins with doey-eyed sardines--Belanger's methodology blends Surrealism and Pop art with a self-possessed feminism informed by a career inside the fashion and advertising industries. Debuting an entirely new body of work specially conceived for The Aldrich, Belanger will create her largest and most elaborate mise-en-scène to date: dozens of animated objects arranged on ghostly furnishings that suggest narratives about our anxiety afflicted present. The artist's first museum publication, featuring an essay by the exhibition's curator, Amy Smith-Stewart, will accompany the show.
Generous support for Genesis Belanger: Through the Eye of a Needle is provided by The Amadeo Family, Crozier, Diana Bowes and James Torrey, Linda and Michael Dugan, Patricia and Lawrence Kemp, Kristina and Philip Larson, and Julie Phillips. Media support is provided by Connecticut Cottages & Gardens (CTC&G).
Top image: Genesis Belanger, A Fortress of Order and Generosity, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Perrotin. Photo: Pauline Shapiro