Aldrich artists at the table under the stars in the sculpture garden delight guests

The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art held a magical outdoor event on Friday evening. Entitled “Aldrich Artists at the Table”, this is an annual event not to be missed.

This year’s dinner highlighted the museum’s current exhibition 52 Artists: A Feminist Stage curated by Lucy R. Lippard.

Guests arriving at 6:30 p.m. are invited to explore the indoor exhibits and enjoy a Tito’s Vodka tasting bar before heading outside where the quaint Shake n’ Stir Bar Truck served cocktails from the Litchfield Distillery and the Nod Hill brewery poured craft beers. Long farmhouse tables set in the museum’s sculpture garden amid cozy stone fireplaces served as a backdrop for mingling with Aldrich curators, artists and guests.

A locally sourced three-course dinner prepared by the Museum’s culinary partner, Hayfields Market Catering, was served family-style to guests who were seated at country-style tables adorned with bouquets of fresh flowers.

The menu card was literally a work of art created by exhibiting artist LaKela Brown and given to each attendee to take home.

As night fell, white lights added a warm glow to the sculpture garden where guests sipped wine and engaged in conversation. The sweet end to an enchanted evening came courtesy of the decadent Bridgewater Chocolate.

The event included a silent auction featuring artwork from artists who exhibited at The Aldrich and exclusive experiences.

Aldrich Artists at the Table helps support The Aldrich’s mission to showcase and commission the work of emerging and under-recognized artists.

About the exhibition

52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone celebrates the fifty-first anniversary of the landmark exhibition Twenty Six Contemporary Women Artists, curated by Lucy R. Lippard and shown at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in 1971. 52 Artists will present works by the artists included in the exhibition original from 1971, alongside a new list of twenty-six emerging artists, both identifying and non-binary, tracing the evolution of feminist artistic practices over the past five decades. 52 artists will encompass the entire museum (approximately 8,000 square feet) – the first exhibition to do so in the Aldrich’s new building which opened in 2004.

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