The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum has launched the first episode of a new three-episode podcast series, Hindsight is, presented in conjunction with Twenty Twenty an exhibition in which seven artists respond to lived experience of this historic year. The exhibit is produced by the Piti Theatre Company and brings local history and current events to life through creative storytelling.
Hindsight is focuses on vignette scenes with a range of local and regional historic figures in Connecticut, and Ridgefield in particular, including women’s Suffragist Alice Paul and former NAACP Connecticut Chapter President William Webb. Actors portray these figures dramatizing social and political issues intensified this year such as voting rights, racism, and fascism through their unique perspectives as citizens from the past.
You can listen to the first episode featuring Ridgefield’s Alice Paul and President Woodrow Wilson here.
On Monday, October 26, The Aldrich will release the second episode “The Webbs,” featuring William Webb, an African-American Civil War solider from Connecticut in conversation with William Webb who started the Ridgefield Chapter of the NAACP and later became the Connecticut president of that organization.
Released on Monday, November 2 will be the final episode “How Worried Should We Be? Hitler on Trial at Ridgefield High, 1934,” recreating some of the mock trial held in 1934 by a Ridgefield High School Economics class offering a snapshot of teenage and educational life in Ridgefield in the 1930s.
In addition, The Aldrich is hosting two virtual programs coinciding with these podcast episodes.
Thursday, October 22 at 6:30 pm - virtual talk on Alice Paul and Woodrow Wilson
During this event, Tina Cassidy, author of Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait? Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson, and the Fight for the Right to Vote, and Jonathan Mirin, co-founding artistic director of the Piti Theatre Company, will delve into the themes and history behind the first episode of the podcast. More information can be found here.
Thursday, October 29 at 6:30 pm, you are invited to (virtually) attend Anti-Racism Workshop: The Webbs
This coincides with the second episode of the podcast. Kirsten Ivey-Colson and Lynn Turner from The AntiRacist Tables, will lead the group in a workshop on the work of antiracism as a path towards healing and liberation for ourselves and our world and create a space to share with the community.
Learn more HERE.