Aldrich Museum celebrates 50 years with a benefit auction.

Aldrich interior
Project Space, 22′ x 41′, at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

In November 1964, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum opened in Ridgefield, Connecticut, one of the first museums in the country devoted exclusively to showing contemporary art.

Now, 50 years later, the museum is holding a benefit auction and party to celebrate its success and the vision of its extraordinary founder, the late Larry Aldrich.

The auction, conducted by an auctioneer from Sotheby’s, will be held 6:30 to 9pm Nov. 10 at the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery at 521 W. 21st St. in New York City. Tickets range from $175 to $5,000.

Items on the block include original works by more than 30 artists, a tour of the set of Law & Order: SVU at Chelsea Piers with artist Michael Zansky, a visit to Barcelona with Marti Cormand and much more. Besides bidding on the array of artworks and experiences, guests will be able to mingle with artists and enjoy an atmosphere of celebration.

For those unable to attend the event and auction, online bidding is open at

Obtain reservations and information by emailing Gracia Ross at or calling 212.868.8450 Ext. 204.

Throughout its half-century, which included a major renovation in the early 2000s, the Aldrich has stayed true to the vision of its founder, who was a major figure in the New York fashion world and a devoted art lover. The museum, which does not collect art, is dedicated to showing new art, to cultivating emerging artists and to innovating in the field of museum education. Aldrich was involved with the museum right up to his death in 2001 at age 95.

Photo of Larry Aldrich
Larry Aldrich, fashion giant
and museum founder.