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The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum Launches Care Box

Aldrich Care Box is a year-long traveling exhibition unbound to a physical space. A unique collaboration between The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum’s Curatorial and Education Departments, Director of Education Namulen Bayarsaihan and Senior Curator Amy Smith-Stewart, has commissioned five artists—Ilana Harris-Babou, Clarity Haynes, Athena LaTocha, Curtis Talwst Santiago, and James Allister Sprang—to create a series of objects that examine themes of care, grief, intimacy, and healing through a diverse range of materials, methods, and approaches. The Aldrich Care Boxes will be available for loan out to the public from January 31 to December 31, 2021, from The Museum’s Front Desk. For more information click here.

Courtesy The Adridge Contemporary Art Museum

During the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, this project provides one-of-a-kind access to a tangible art experience outside the boundaries of the Museum’s walls. The public is invited to borrow one of five identical Aldrich Care Boxes and privately interact with the contents within a setting of their own desire for up to a week. Thus, participants of all ages will be afforded an opportunity to be a part of a distinctively participatory event contrary to the traditionally hands-off museum environment.

The Aldrich Care Box is both a crate and a viewing space, turning any site into a gallery experience. There are many examples of art objects on the move throughout art history: the shrines, portable alters, and relics of the Medieval era; Marcel Duchamp’s Box in a Valises (From or by Marcel Duchamp or Rrose Sélavy), 1935-41; and the Fluxus Boxes from the 1960s-70s, which housed multiples made by artists with the intention of circulation and handling. The objects made for this project will be nestled together in a branded box, forever connected to each other and their shared encounters with the public.

 

Janet Serra