Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum’s new program ‘blurs lines’ between gallery space and home

A world without art would be a gloomy and dreary place and while art lovers can visit some museums or take a virtual stroll through exhibitions, the COVID-19 pandemic has distanced many not just from their social circles but also from art.

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield curated a traveling series of five different boxes packed with artwork called the Aldrich Care Box which allows people to bring museum caliber artwork into their homes temporarily. Patrons can borrow an Aldrich Care Box from the museum and enjoy the artwork in their home for a week before returning it.

The program was co-created by the museum’s director of education, Namulen Bayarsaihan and senior curator Amy Smith-Stewart.

“The Aldrich Care Box is a unique project which blurs the lines of exhibition, public program and the very idea of a typical museum art viewing experience. One question we kept asking ourselves

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Conroe Art League benefit art auction now open at the gallery

The Conroe Art League (CAL) has opened the 5th Annual “12 x 12” Art Auction at the Gallery at the Madeley Building in historic downtown Conroe.

The 12 x 12 Art Auction is a presentation of 74 original works by CAL artists on 12-inch square wooden surfaces. All proceeds from the auction benefit the Conroe Art League’s Student Awards Show for Montgomery County high school seniors. Viewing at the Gallery is available Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

“This year for the first time bidding is being conducted solely online,” said Kerry Conkling, chair of the event. “Bidding for these unique works began in January, and we have already received a good number of bids and made several sales.”

Bidding begins at $35 for each work, or the works may be purchased immediately online or in person for $200. Bidding concludes at 11:45 p.m. Feb. 26.


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Art Gallery Shows to See Right Now

Through Feb. 20. La MaMa Galleria, 47 Great Jones Street, Manhattan; Fridays and Saturdays, or by appointment, [email protected]

New York City art galleries form a resilient and irrepressible ecosystem, one that has survived recessions, gentrification, at least one hurricane, and now an aggressive pandemic. Through everything, the system continues to sprout new life. The group show “Downtown 2021,” curated by the artist Sam Gordon, pays homage to this phenomenon by giving more than two dozen galleries their hardscrabble props.

The show’s title is adapted from Edo Bertoglio’s “Downtown 81,” a film about the 1980s art-and-club scene in the East Village, La MaMa Galleria’s longtime neighborhood. But as surveyed by Gordon, “downtown” is expansive terrain, encompassing not just Manhattan but also Brooklyn and Queens. More than that, the word describes an attitude, one that blends a pull toward independence with a commitment to community.

The show, assembled from work

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