Business Monday Briefs: Aspen to consider extending small-lodge program; Aspen Art Museum names new senior curator
Council eyes extending lodge program
Aspen City Council on Feb. 11 will consider an ordinance to extend the Small Lodge Preservation Program for five more years.
The council created the program in 2015 to help preserve the existing in-town lodge bed base.
The program uses several incentives available only to qualifying lodges enrolled in the program.
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Participating lodges get such perks as development-fee reductions, energy-efficiency rebates, free building code assessments, a fast track for land-use and building permit reviews, and planning assistance.
Art museum names new senior curator
The Aspen Art Museum this week announced the appointment of Max Weintraub as the institution’s new senior curator. Weintraub comes to Aspen from his post as director and chief curator of the art galleries at Indiana University’s Herron School of Art + Design; a position he has been instrumental in defining since 2016, and for which he curated 30 exhibitions.
He fills the Aspen Art Museum position recently vacated by Courtenay Finn, who left to be chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland.
Weintraub’s career has included tenures in the curatorial and educational departments of the Denver Art Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Modern Art. He also has served as a professor at Hunter College in New York City (2008 to ’16), where he taught the history of modern and contemporary art.
“His impressive, extensive past experiences assure that we will continue to provide programming that is both responsive to the global dialogue in which we are engaged, and relevant to the diversity of audiences we welcome throughout each year,” Aspen Art Museum director Heidi Zuckerman said in the announcement.
Weintraub was born and raised in New York City. He holds a Ph.D. in the history of art, with a focus on modern and contemporary art, from Pennsylvania’s Bryn Mawr College, and a master’s degree in medieval European history from North Carolina State University.
His recent exhibitions have included last year’s Mary Reid Kelley and “Patrick Kelley: The Minotaur Trilogy” and “Kenneth Tyler: The Art of Collaboration,” along with 2017’s “Ragnar Kjartansson and The National: A Lot of Sorrow,” “Tom Sachs: Radiant City, Paintings 2000–2017” and “Cynthia Daignault: Light Atlas.”
At Hunter College, Weintraub was responsible for initiating a number of curatorial projects including the 2015 survey exhibition, “Robert Barry: All the Things I Know… 1962 to the Present,” for the college’s 205 Hudson Street Gallery — a show that represented the first major exhibition of the conceptual artist’s work in the U.S. in over 30 years.
“I am very excited to work with Heidi and the museum’s exceptional staff,” Weintraub said in the announcement. “Through its dynamic exhibition programming and outstanding work with schools, the AAM is at the forefront of many of the urgent and transformative conversations of our time. I am thrilled and honored to be joining in the effort.”
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Aspen Skiing Co. and most of the Colorado ski industry were cruising along in a second strong season, until the coronavirus crisis forced their closure on March 14. Skier visits would typically be announced this week, but the ski industry is focused on forging ahead rather than looking back.