Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum presents Extreme Drawing

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum presents Extreme Drawing an exhibition on view March 24–August 25, 2013.

Robert Longo
Robert Longo, “Capitol,” 2013
. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York.

Extreme Drawing is a semester-long series of exhibitions and related programming that explores the boundaries of drawing, the most direct and universal means of expression, by addressing an array of issues, including scale, material, content, gesture, psychological complexity, and individual circumstance.

The six exhibitions—Ballpoint Pen Drawing Since 1950: Rita Ackermann, Bill Adams, Alighiero Boetti, Dawn Clements, Russell Crotty, Jan Fabre, Alberto Giacometti, Joanne Greenbaum, Martin Kippenberger, Il Lee, and Toyin Odutola; Creative Growth: Dan Miller and Judith Scott; and solo projects by Amelie Chabannes, Harry Dodge, Robert Longo, and Jane South—will be celebrated at a reception on Sunday, March 24 from 2 to 5pm.

The Extreme Drawing exhibitions

Ballpoint Drawing Since 1950
Closes August 25
A survey of work by artists who have made the ballpoint pen a significant part of their practice: Rita Ackermann, Bill Adams, Alighiero Boetti, Dawn Clements, Russell Crotty, Jan Fabre, Alberto Giacometti, Joanne Greenbaum, Martin Kippenberger, Il Lee, and Toyin Odutola.

Creative Growth
Closes August 25
An exhibition of two- and three- dimensional works by Dan Miller and Judith Scott, artists closely associated with Oakland’s Creative Growth Art Center—an institution which serves a creative community of mentally, developmentally, and physically disabled adults.

Amelie Chabannes: Double Portraits and a Fourth Hand
Closes August 25
Chabannes’s first solo museum exhibition features site-specific wall drawings that explore relationships, like that of art world couple Gilbert & George, and how dependency destroys personal identity.

Closes May 27
The largest and first solo museum exhibition of Dodge’s work will premiere THE ASS AND THE LAP DOG, one of two videos presented in dialogue with a series of sculptures and drawings.

Robert Longo: The Capitol Project
Closes August 25
The premiere of Longo’s monumental seven-panel charcoal drawing of the United States Capitol building, plus eighty-one related studies.

Jane South: Floor/Ceiling
Closes August 25
South’s largest single construction to date, a two-story-high installation that dramatically references her background in the world of experimental theater.

Extreme Drawing is the fourth implementation of a new curatorial programming schedule that simultaneously presents a mix of group and solo exhibitions, connected by a common theme.

The Aldrich will celebrate the opening of the Extreme Drawing exhibitions from 2 to 5 pm at a reception on Sunday, March 24. The event is free with the price of admission. FREE for members, pre-K to 12 teachers, and children 18 and under. Visitors are invited to join curator-led tours, participate in family-friendly activities, and enjoy lunch fare prepared by a selection of Fairfield County’s finest food trucks. Free onsite parking is available. Direct round-trip transportation from New York City is available inclusive of admission. To reserve your seat on the March 24 Aldrich shuttle, leaving from Long Island City, please contact Priscilla Matthews: [email protected], T 203 438 4519.

Founded by Larry Aldrich in 1964, The Aldrich is dedicated to fostering innovative artists whose ideas and interpretations of the world around us serve as a platform to encourage creative thinking. The Aldrich is one of the few independent, non-collecting institutions in the United States, and the only museum in Connecticut devoted to contemporary art. It is one of only twenty museums in Connecticut and only 318 art museums in the country to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Museum is located at 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877. All exhibitions and programs are handicapped accessible. Free on-site parking is available. Regular Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 12 noon to 5pm. For more information call T 203 438 4519 or visit

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