Under the leadership of Director and Chief Curator Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, the Aspen Art Museum has hosted an array of exhibits, collection tours and public events recently with even more in store throughout the season. On a wintry evening several weeks ago, the AAM Contemporaries were invited to the Herbert Bayer-designed home of Ronnie and Jan Greenberg. The Contemporaries are a group of art enthusiasts between the ages of 22 and 45. Members of this AAM program are afforded an opportunity to network and socialize with like-minded peers while learning about prominent artists and important issues in today’s art world. AAM National Council members and enthusiastic art collectors, the Greenbergs granted AAM annual fund manager Christy Sauer’s request to present a tour of their private collection. Ronnie is an art dealer with galleries in St. Louis and New York City, while Jan has authored several books on art. According to AAM Contemporary Mark Brendon Smith, “It’s great to have a chance to intellectualize about art. I’m a big fan of modern art so this collection (at the Greenbergs home) is particularly inspiring to me.” “The Contemporaries program is part of the museum’s overall efforts to engage different audiences with contemporary art in new and innovative ways,” said Matthew Thompson, assistant curator for the AAM. “While museum programs for young professionals are nothing new, the Aspen Art Museum’s Contemporaries program offers unprecedented access to some of the most fantastic private collections and engaging artists in the world. You simply cannot find events like these anywhere else.”
Over Presidents’ Day weekend, the AAM hosted several events in conjunction with Japanese artist Yutaka Sone. On Thursday, Feb., 16, a free “Art After Hours” reception at the museum featured live music, complimentary refreshments, and a gallery tour. On view in the Upper Gallery, “Having New Eyes” is a collection of works in a variety of media by international artists. In the Lower Gallery, the “Yutaka Sone: X-Art Show” is a menagerie of snow-inspired paintings, sculptures, film, and related ephemera.
On Saturday, Feb. 18, the Snow Cactus Sculpture Festival featured ice sculptures on the snowy grounds of the museum. On Sunday, Feb. 19, a crowd of nearly a thousand cheered as Sone’s multi-colored dice were tossed down the Winter X Games half pipe. Prior to the toss, conversations swirled around how far the dice would tumble before coming to a stop and whether spectators would need to take cover to avoid being hit. After several rolls, however, both dice stopped short in the upper part of the half pipe.The tattered dice are now back on view at the museum as part of the X-Art Show through Sunday, April 16. Next, the museum will be bringing the Los Angeles-based group My Barbarian to perform “Silver Minds,” a new wave, après-ski rock opera on Saturday, March 4, at 2:30 p.m. It will be a free presentation and open to the public.Located at 590 North Mill Street, the Museum is open Tuesday Saturday, 10 a.m. 6 p.m., and Sunday, noon 6 p.m. Admission is free on Fridays, and visitors who bring their Skico lift tickets receive fifty per cent off admission every day throughout the X-Art Show exhibition. For more information, visit http://www.aspenartmuseum.org.
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