Things To Do

Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley: Your Turn––Artists Living in Their Art

Date/Time

Dec 8, 2017 to Dec 10, 2017

Description

Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley: Your Turn (installation view), 2017. Photo: Jason Mandella

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is pleased to present Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley: Your Turn, an architectural environment for two that shapes the occupants’ behavior.

In a series of performances Schweder and Shelley will physically occupy the structure for extended periods during which they will negotiate the sharing of nine basic amenities while engaging the public with their daily routines and conversations.

Schweder and Shelley’s collaboration is primarily based on balance: not only the balance needed to successfully work in a partnership, but also the social balance needed to share resources limited by the confines of their construction. Their practice conflates architectural form and function with performance art, coaxing meaning out of both the practical and the absurd. The exhibition will be on view October 1, 2017 to April 22, 2018.

Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley will be In Residence:
November 30 to December 2
December 8 to 10

For their exhibition at The Aldrich, they will construct a twenty-four-foot-high living environment, which they will inhabit as both the authors and living subjects of the work.

The artists will occupy opposing sides of the monolith with nine amenities (including a bed, a desk, an easy chair, a kitchen, a sink, and an enclosed composting toilet), each of which will slide on steel tracks from one side of the structure to the other. So, when Shelley is sleeping in the bed, Schweder cannot sleep; when Schweder is writing at the desk, Shelley cannot use it.

The sharing of the amenities is based on both a pre-planned schedule and spontaneous negotiation. For the performance periods the artists will wear identical jumpsuits, bring all necessary supplies with them, and occupy the structure twenty-four hours a day. The artists’ lives, while within the structure, will be on public view when the Museum is open, and visitors are free—in fact, are encouraged by the artists—to engage them in conversation. When awake, Schweder and Shelley will each read, work, prepare meals, and complete acts of simple daily hygiene.

Location

View map The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT

Additional Information

Region:

Ridgefield

We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Connect With Us    

Sign-up for our event 

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Featured Area Events

Art: Living in the Art

Talk with the artists as they actually live in their sculpture––Dec 8-10

Ten Minutes with Ron Merriman

The creator of the Torrington Christmas House––open now thru January 15

Ballet for All

The Nutcracker––Fairfield Univ Dec 10

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Exploring Winter’s Wonders at Fairfield Museum––exhibit opens Dec 1

Pillow for All Seasons

Le Patin Libre performs contemporary dance on ice skates––next show Nov 26-Dec 9

Art for Good

Community fundraiser "Art Show: Bedford" gala event––Jan 19 Art show free for the public––Jan 20-28

Wilton Out & About - Nov/Dec

Ridgefield Out & About - Nov/Dec

Fairfield Out & About - Nov/Dec

A Better Date Night

Renovated Bow Tie Cinema theaters offers recliner seating, cocktail bar, and delicious food all delivered to your seat