The Anderson Ranch Arts Center will present a lecture by Robert Storr, curator of the current Venice Biennale. The two-day lecture, titled “What Becomes a Legend Most? The Venice Biennale at 110 and Counting,” is set for Monday, Aug. 6, at 7:30 p.m., and Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 12:45 p.m. at Anderson Ranch’s Snowmass Village campus. Tuition is $225 ($150 for students enrolled in any 2007 workshop at the Ranch). Storr is dean of the Yale School of Art and a contributing editor to Art in America magazine. He has curated numerous exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; as an artist, he has contributed to group shows and has work in the collections of the Nelson-Atkins Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. In June, Storr served as commissioner of the 2007 Venice Biennale, titled “Think With the Senses, Feel With the Mind: Art in the Present Tense,” becoming the first American to assume that position.Also, Anderson Ranch will hold its annual Art Auction and Picnic Saturday, Aug. 11. The auction will feature works by internationally recognized artists Enrique Martínez Celaya, Sam Maloof, James Rosenquist, James Surls and Doug and Mike Starn, as well as local artists Elisa Ahmer, Lee Lyon, Lloyd Schermer, Alleghany Meadows and many more.A preview exhibit of works form the live auction is currently on view at Anderson Ranch. A preview exhibit of works from the silent auction will open Tuesday, Aug. 7, in the Painting Gallery at the Ranch.The auction begins Aug. 11 with registration at 11 a.m. A print sale will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., followed by a silent auction and the live auction preview. The live auction, conducted by auctioneer Jim Chaffin, begins at 1:30 p.m. Along with the auctions will be a picnic and live music. All are invited to attend, and admission is free.For auction catalogs and further information, go to http://www.andersonranch.org.
The Aspen-based Hudson Reed Ensemble will present selected scenes from William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” in the Galena Performance Plaza, adjacent to the Pitkin County Library. The hour-long production is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evenings, beginning Aug. 8 and running through Aug. 29, with rain dates scheduled for Thursday evenings. Admission is free.An additional performance is set for Aug. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in Carbondale’s Sopris Park.The production was adapted by Kent Reed, founder and artistic director of the Hudson Reed Ensemble. The play is co-directed by Reed and Sue Lavin. The cast features Lee Sullivan as Marc Antony, Gary Morabito as Cassius, Kent Reed as Marcus Brutus, and Kim Nuzzo as Caesar, with Susan Mauntel, Charisse Layne, Bill Hodges and Tim Rafelson rounding out the cast. Tyson Young will provide narration.”Julius Caesar” is Shakespeare’s bloody tragedy of the assassination of the Roman emperor and its aftermath.