The Aspen Institute holds a gala holiday reception in the Paepcke Memorial Building that always includes the opening of an art exhibit in the gallery. This year the exhibition features “Photographs by Ferenc Berko; India: 1938 to 1947.” The photo exhibit was curated by Ferenc Berko’s granddaughter, Mirte Mallory and includes many ethereal and dynamic images caught during the years when Franz and his wife, Mirte, lived in India. The black-and-white photo exhibit will hang through March 30 in the Aspen Institute Gallery in the Paepcke Memorial Building, 1000 N. Third St., with hours Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aspenites are familiar with Berko’s photographs taken in Aspen from the late 1940s through the 2000s, so it is a real treat to see a different part of the world through Franz’s eyes. It was announced at the holiday dinner that Bill Mayer had retired as chairman of the Institute board and Leonard Lauder was the interim chairman.
During the summer, the Institute held its 13th annual Summer Celebration and benefit. Honoree at the dinner was author David McCullough, who was recipient of the Aspen Institute Public Service Award. The evening started with a conversation between McCullough and Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, at the Benedict Music Tent and was followed by the awards dinner at the Aspen Meadows, which was attended by 360 people.
Another evening to plan for is the Theatre Aspen gala called “Summer of Love” (shades of the 1960s) planned for Saturday, March 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hotel Jerome. Reservations are being taken now at (970) 925-9313, ext. O.Undercurrent … People will be returning to Aspen in February after getting out of town for the cold, cold weather of late December and all of January. Most found a beach somewhere but now are ready to finish out the winter with skiing.