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Ridgefield, CT | Curator-led Exhibition Tour – ’52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone’ at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

July 9 @ 11:00 am

Artwork by Merrill Wagner and Tourmaline

Please join us for a special tour of 52 Artists – A Feminist Milestone at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, with Senior Curator Amy Smith-Stewart. After our tour, enjoy free time exploring the rest of the museum and join us for a no-host lunch at Bailey’s Backyard in Ridgefield’s Cultural District (which also includes bookstores, sweet shops, and more!).

52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone celebrates the fifty-first anniversary of the historic exhibition Twenty Six Contemporary Women Artists, curated by Lucy R. Lippard and presented at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in 1971. 52 Artists will showcase work by the artists included in the original 1971 exhibition, alongside a new roster of twenty-six female-identifying or nonbinary emerging artists, tracking the evolution of feminist art practices over the past five decades. 52 Artists will encompass the entirety of the Museum (approx. 8,000 sq. ft)—the first exhibition to do so in The Aldrich’s new building which was inaugurated in 2004.

The exhibition is organized by The Aldrich’s Senior Curator Amy Smith-Stewart, who selected the emerging twenty-six artists, and independent curator Alexandra Schwartz, with The Aldrich’s Curatorial Assistant and Publications Manager Caitlin Monachino.

Admission:

  • ArtTable Members – $15
  • Member Guests/Non-Members – $25

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Please note that transportation to The Aldrich is not included in this program.
We will meet at the museum by 11:00 AM. See ‘Getting There’ below for directions.

Please review the below before registering:

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The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is a private institution devoted to serving the public. The museum requires that visitors adhere to the protocols and Code of Conduct outlined below, which apply to the Museum’s galleries and grounds. If you are feeling ill, the museum asks that you please wait to visit the Museum at a later date.

No outside food or beverages are permitted inside the museum.

In an effort to keep our visitors safe, The Aldrich has taken the following precautions:

  • An acrylic panel has been placed at the Front Desk to keep staff and visitors apart
  • Touchless hand sanitizing stations are installed throughout the Museum
  • The coat room and water fountains are closed

If you're sick, please stay home! By registering for this program, you are affirming that you are currently not exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19. If, after this registration you become ill, please contact Haley at programs@arttable.org. If you become ill with COVID-19 following your visit we ask that you kindly notify us so that we may inform the museum.

Liability Statement from the Museum: I am aware that visiting The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum includes risks arising from possible exposure to communicable diseases including COVID-19. I knowingly and voluntarily accept this risk and assume full responsibility for any injury, illness or other loss that I may sustain as a result.

The Aldrich is committed to providing a welcoming and accessible environment for all. The museum extends an inclusive and respectful invitation for visitors to engage, learn, and be inspired by their visit.

The Aldrich is fully accessible to visitors who use mobility assistive devices. There is a ramp from the parking lot onto the walkway. There are no steps from the parking lot to the front doors of the Museum. Elevators are available to access both floors. Wheelchairs are available and disinfected before use; please ask the Front Desk for options.

Service animals are welcome to visit the Museum.

Gender inclusive restrooms are located on the first floor and are ADA compliant.

For visitors who are blind or have low vision: the Museum is equipped with braille directional signage. These signs have been included in our cleaning protocols for health and safety. Our staff are available to give verbal descriptions of the artwork on view and assist with any way-finding.

For visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing: The Museum works to ensure that all multimedia exhibitions are captioned, if possible.

Please ask about captioned works upon arrival.

For visitors with Autism: the Museum is often less crowded during open hours on weekdays and mornings and late afternoons on weekends. Please call ahead to find out about your visit date. The galleries are kept between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. If you need quiet space during your visit, please ask a Museum staff member to help you locate a suitable place. You may also step outside into the Sculpture Garden through the doors located in the Museum’s lobby on the first floor.

If you would like more information about accessibility or need particular accommodations for this program, please email Haley at programs@arttable.org.

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is located at 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877.

Driving Directions

  • The Aldrich is a short drive from many major metropolitan areas – 1.5 hours from New York City, 3 hours from Philadelphia, and 3 hours from Boston – and is located near I-95 and I-84. Free parking is available on site. Use Google Maps for driving directions.

By Rail from New York City

  • Take Metro North’s Harlem Line to the Katonah Station. The train ride is approximately one hour. From the train station, take a 20-minute car ride (via Katonah Taxi, Uber, or Lyft) to the Museum. If taking Uber or Lyft, please note that there may be a wait time for your car to arrive due to limited availability in the area. If taking Katonah Taxi, you may schedule your pick-up time in advance.
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About Amy Smith-Stewart

Amy Smith-Stewart is Senior Curator at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. Since 2013 she has organized forty-two exhibitions and projects at the Museum. Her unique perspective has brought artists to The Aldrich during important stages of their careers including first time solo museum presentations with artists Milano Chow, Lucia Hierro, Genesis Belanger, Eva LeWitt, and Jessi Reaves, and survey shows with Jackie Winsor, Ruth Root, Suzanne McClelland, Harmony Hammond, and Karla Knight. Harmony Hammond: Material Witness, Five Decades of Art was named one of the best exhibitions of 2019 by the New York Times. The show traveled to the Sarasota Art Museum and was accompanied by the artist’s first monograph. Her upcoming curatorial project is 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone. It revisits the historic exhibition, Twenty Six Contemporary Women Artists, curated by Lucy R. Lippard in 1971 and joins it with a new roster of twenty-six female identifying and nonbinary emerging artists to track the evolution of feminist art practices over half a century. 

Smith-Stewart has organized more than seventy exhibitions in museums, collections, galleries, and temporary spaces. She is founder of the eponymous nomadic curatorial project, Smith-Stewart, previously located on the Lower East Side from 2007–2009. She began her career as a curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center (now MoMA PS1), where she mounted nineteen exhibitions and projects including first time solo museum presentations with artists Adrian Paci, Mika Rottenberg, Taryn Simon, and Aleksandra Mir, as well as group exhibitions including Day Labor and Greater New York 2005 (co-curator). From 2006–2007, she was a Curatorial Advisor for the Mary Boone Gallery, where she organized a series of group exhibitions introducing a new generation of artists to the Gallery. She has organized exhibitions at Socrates Sculpture Park and the Noguchi Museum and was the 2006–2008 Guest Curator for the Peter Norton Collection. She has served on faculty at the School of the Visual Arts, MFA Fine Arts department, and the Sotheby’s Institute of Art MA Contemporary Art program. Her writing has appeared in books and catalogues published by Taschen, Gregory R. Miller & Co., Revolver Publishing, Bates College Museum of Art, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Charta, among others.


Images: Merrill Wagner, Untitled, 1969. Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner, New York. / Tourmaline, Coral Hairstreak, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Chapter NY, New York Photo: Dario Lasagni

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