Summer getaway: The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2009 at 9:00 pm


It’s starting to be that season (well, if the rain will stop…) that New York gets sweltering and you want nothing more than to be out of the city. For those of us who can’t afford our own McMansions out in the Hamptons, we must settle for those cherished getaway weekends. Well, just because you’re miles from museum mile doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice culture! In the tri-state area you can find such gems as The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, located about an hour outside the city. According to the MutualArt profile on the museum,

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is one of the few non-collecting contemporary art museums in the United States. Founded on Ridgefield’s historic Main Street in 1964, the Museum enjoys the curatorial independence of an alternative space while maintaining the registrarial and art-handling standards of a national institution.

There are some very compelling shows up at the moment, including “Pretty Tough: Contemporary Storytelling” which just opened on June 21. The show features nine women artists who use storytelling to address warfare, environmental issues and feminist issues. The work featured above,  Lit from Within (2009) by Kate Clark, is in the show (cool, no? Looks like something out of Pan’s Labyrinth.) There are about four other shows up as well, including the Robert Lazzarini show “Guns and Knives.” Read the interesting interview between the artist and Aldrich director.

As a former resident of the Ridgefield area, I can also tell you there are delightful restaurants in the area, and for those nature-lovers, parks abound in the Connecticut woods! So if you’re looking for a day out of the city but want a slice of culture with it, check out Ridgefield, Conn.

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