Mountain Mayhem: The Next
The Aspen Art Museum (AAM) pinpointed Dec. 28 as the date for its winter benefit many years ago and it’s held court ever since as a holiday event that’s not to be missed. Always staying fresh and festive, it’s transitioned over time from a full-fledged fashion show and dinner at The St. Regis to a gala event at the AAM’s Shigeru Ban-designed building capped with fabulous musical acts (from the Flaming Lips to Grimes to Odesza). This year marked its second incarnation as The Next, an après-style reception on the rooftop of the museum, which took place on Saturday, Dec. 28, from 4 to 7 p.m.
The evening began with musical entertainment by Timo Weiland, an American fashion designer, disc jockey and entrepreneur. Guests bid on items in a silent auction of luxury experiences and items, and were welcome to enter the AAM’s presentation of acclaimed contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Room Where the Lights in My Heart Go (2016).
Constanza Garza and Alexander Mason Hankin reprised their roles as co-chairs of the event, ushering in a younger generation of patrons and party guests. Hankin is a philanthropist and real estate developer from Philadelphia who currently serves as board co-chair of the Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, co-chair of Museum of Art and Design’s (MAD) Luminaries and Whitney Contemporaries Executive Community, and is as an art columnist for Philadelphia Style Magazine. Garza is a curator, entrepreneur, jewelry designer, and co-founder of the Mexico City–based tattoo studio, Sigue Sigue Sputnik (Estudio SSS).
2019 event Host Committee members included Alexandra Sharps, Annabel Toole, Danielle Hankin, Elicia Evans, Jayma Cardoso, Justine Karp, Lauren Allday, Marisa Hochberg, Rachel and Reid Hansen, Rob Sheffield, Sterling McDavid and Vincent de Sarthe. Event attendees included a number of longtime AAM board leadership and National Council members: Bruce Etkin, Eleanore and Domenico De Sole, Erin and Paul Pariser, Allen and Kelli Questrom, Larry Marx, Marcy Edelstein, Michael Rudin, and Sally and Steve Hansen.
ROXOR Artisan Gin provided premium craft cocktails at their rooftop ice bar. Champagne paired well with Pearl Street Caviar, passed appetizers and a fondue bar. An exclusive after-party was co-hosted by Cultured Magazine at fellow co-sponsor’s retro-style Aspen venue, The Snow Lodge.
AAM benefits directly support the museum’s mission of presenting the newest, most important evolutions in international contemporary art. Visit http://www.aspenartmuseum.org for AAM news, programs and membership information.
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