The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877
About the Aldrich
Founded by Larry Aldrich in 1964, The Aldrich is dedicated to fostering innovative artists whose ideas and interpretations of the world around us serve as a platform to encourage creative thinking. The Aldrich, which served an audience of over 37,700 in 2011, is one of the few independent, non-collecting contemporary art museums in the United States, and the only museum in Connecticut devoted to contemporary art. It is one of only twenty museums in Connecticut and only 318 art museums in the country to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. In 2011, The Aldrich implemented a new programming strategy of semester-long solo and group exhibitions united under overarching themes that link their content; the acclaimed gallery-based education programs use the work on view to help adults, families, and over 7,000 students annually to connect to our world through contemporary art. The Museum is located at 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877. All exhibitions and programs are handicapped accessible. Free on-site parking. Regular Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 12 noon to 5 pm. For more information call 203.438.4519.
It is the mission of the Aldrich’s curatorial department to present innovative, exciting, diverse contemporary art exhibitions and programs that focus on emerging and mid-career artists. We strive to offer exhibitions of the highest quality and provide opportunities for collaborative, artistic, and curatorial risk taking that respect both artist and audience.
Celebrating The Aldrich at 50
In 2014, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum will celebrate its 50th Anniversary with a series of exhibitions and programs highlighting not just the Museum’s legacy, but also the relationship between the era in which it was founded and our current cultural landscape. With perspective gained through five decades, The Aldrich’s formative years of 1964 to 1974 will be examined through a contemporary lens. The exhibition component of the anniversary will include three overlapping series presented over the course of a year. The first will feature a two-part exhibition—Standing in the Shadows of Love: The Aldrich Collection 1964–1974—of iconic, historical works that are representative of The Aldrich’s early collection, acquired by the Museum’s founder, Larry Aldrich. The second will present a group of new projects by contemporary artists whose work reflects the continuing influence of both art and culture from the 1960s and 1970s, in juxtaposition with the historical works. The third series features solo exhibitions of current work by established artists who were included in significant exhibitions during the Museum’s first decade.
Tuesday to Sunday, 12 noon to 5 pm
Closed Mondays and New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day
Open Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Columbus Day
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