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.
The Aldrich Care Box will be available to borrow from the Museum’s Front Desk during regular museum hours and by appointment when the Museum is closed. The Ridgefield Library will be partnering with the Museum, consulting on lending practices for the duration of the project. The Aldrich Care Boxes will follow Connecticut state COVID-19 lending guidelines. When a Box is returned, it will "rest" for at least three days before being lent out again. One Box will be on view in The Aldrich’s Atrium throughout the duration of the project, January 31 to December 31, 2021.