January 20, 2011 - The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum - New Exhibitions – Portraiture
January 20, 2011

New Exhibitions – Portraiture

Shimon Attie, “MetroPAL.IS.” (video still), 2010.
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

New Portraiture Exhibitions

Opening Reception
Sunday, January, 30, 2011
3:30 to 5:30 pm

258 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877
203.438.4519

www.aldrichart.org

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is pleased to announce the implementation of a new curatorial programming schedule that will exclusively present seasons of simultaneous solo artist exhibitions, all linked by one common theme.

This new program will debut with Portraiture at The Aldrich—six new solo projects that each deal with the topic of portraiture in a unique way, reflecting the contemporary relevance of this venerable genre—at an exhibition reception on Sunday, January 30, 2011, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm.

The Portraiture exhibitions

Shimon Attie: MetroPAL.IS.
A multi-channel video installation—by Shimon Attie with Vale Bruck—commissioned by The Aldrich portrays New York City’s Israeli and Palestinian communities, linked by their shared secondary hybrid identity as New Yorkers.

Jenny Dubnau: Head On
This series of realist portrait paintings, including images of fellow Aldrich exhibiting artists, functions as a mirror that reflects back upon those whose artistic practice focuses on portraiture.

James Esber: Your Name Here
Two bodies of work continue the artist’s preoccupation with distorting the familiar; each series translates images found in today’s collective unconscious of popular visual culture.

Hope Gangloff: Love Letters
The first solo museum exhibition of this New York-based artist features sensual portrait paintings of the artist’s friends, offering her personal vision of contemporary American life.

Thilo Hoffmann: High School Portraits
A series of photographic “self-portraits” produced by the Swiss artist in collaboration with his subjects—fourteen local students who were the creative guiding force behind the works.

Timothy White: Portraits
Large-scale digital prints of celebrities taken over the last two decades capture surprising and revealing sides of recognizable figures such as Liz Taylor, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, and many more.

Also on view

KAWS: Companion (Passing Through)
Back by popular demand, the artist who blurs the boundaries between art, design, and street culture will unveil his largest work to date in the sculpture garden—a sixteen-foot Companion!

Robert Taplin: Selections from the Punch Series, 2005-10
The fictional character Punch and his misadventures in the contemporary art world are the subject of an ongoing project, displayed in the galleries and, larger than life, on Main Street.

The opening reception, where guests are invited to meet the artists, will be held on
Sunday, January 30, 2011, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. FREE onsite parking is available, as is round-trip transportation from the Metro North Katonah Train Station to the Museum. Please consult the schedule before confirming your plans.

The Aldrich is supported, in part, by the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services. The official media sponsors of exhibition openings are Ridgefield Magazine and WSHU Public Radio.

The Aldrich is one of the few independent, non-collecting contemporary art museums in the United States, and the only museum devoted to contemporary art in Connecticut. Founded on Ridgefield’s historic Main Street in 1964, the Museum concentrates its exhibition program on solo exhibitions by emerging and mid-career artists, complemented by acclaimed gallery-based education programs that 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.

Contact: Pamela Ruggio, pruggio@aldrichart.org, 203.438.4519

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