Last night the The Aspen Art Museum (AAM) held a soiree to showcase it's current exhibition, The Roaring Fork Open, 2007. The Roaring Fork Open is a biennial (every 2 years) exhibition that showcases local artists who reside in the Roaring Fork Valley from Aspen to Glenwood Springs. Over 100 artists were featured this year and the event was attended by a very, very upscale and artsy crowd.
AAM ( www.Aspenartmuseum.org ) is a globally preeminent non collecting institution that presents the newest, most important evolutions in international contemporary art. AAM is also a distinguished neighbor of Aspen Spin's HQ.
Also on the agenda last night was a presentation from Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, AAM's Director and Chief Curator. Ms. Jacobson's speech kicked off a campaign which proposes to build a brand new Museum building. The building would be privately funded, as AAM has some major benefactors around the world, and would still border Rio Grande Park. The new site would be closer to town, easier to find, more easily accessible and the building would be designed, from inception, as a Museum space.
This will be the third ski season that the AAM and Aspen Ski Co. will team up with an outstanding artist to create a lift ticket that is also a piece of art. American Artist, Karen Kilimnik's work entitled; Gelsey Stuck on the Matterhorn, (shown here on the right) will be the image featured on the 2007/08 daily lift ticket. Ms. Kilimnik will be in town to kick off her exhibition at AAM which will open December 14, 2007.
Japanese wild man and extreme skier, Yutaka Sone created the first lift ticket as art in 2005/06 followed by Scotsman, outdoors man and painter Peter Doig last season. So for $87 per day you get to ski and enjoy poignant contemporary art at the same time---Nutty!!!! and only in Aspen.
AAM's newest endowment program is the Jane and Mark Nathanson Distinguished Artist in Residence Program. The inaugural artist selected to crib in Aspen is British video artist Phil Collins (pictured at left). His residency will begin in the Spring of 2008, followed by an exhibition of his work scheduled for August 15-October 26, 2008. Mr. Collins was in town for a site visit, and based on our initial meeting with him----he'll fit right in. We look forward to viewing his creations next Summer.
While we are all getting fired up for next week's scheduled opening day, the weather is not cooperating. It's been sunny and mild. So for now it's---- no snow/ no go---- conditions, but at least it has cooled down enough to get some man-made snow up top. We'll look for you all on the gondola on Thanksgiving day.
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