The Japanese artist Takashi Murakami combines highly refined classical Japanese painting techniques with distinctive Pop sensibilities. Known for his “Superflat” style, directly influenced by manga and anime, the artist creates works that explode with color and playfulness. For the 2015–16 ski season, in collaboration with Aspen Skiing Company, Murakami has produced four unique images, all of which embody his trademark visual aesthetic.
Active Art: Carbondale brings art to Heritage Park Assisted Living once a month. This program provides older adults opportunities to access contemporary art while supporting brain fitness and socialization. Residents are also able to visit the museum for guided tours throughout the year.
Active Art is a monthly program that provides older adults in the Roaring Fork Valley seasonal opportunities to access and engage with contemporary art and the wider community through art appreciation classes, museum tours, art-making activities, and collaborations. Active Art: Aspen takes place in seasonal cycles over three sessions.
Since 2005, the Aspen Art Museum
and the Aspen Skiing Company have collaborated to bring contemporary art to audiences in unexpected places. Each year, an artist is commissioned to produce artworks that are used on lift tickets for the winter season.
Create Your Own Lift Ticket workshops are offered throughout the season for kids and families to respond to these designs by creating a personal lift ticket with the help of AAM educators.
Monthly drop-in Family Workshops at the AAM are designed to provide children and adults free opportunities to explore the galleries and create works of art on their own. Participants get to know one another better through engagement with exhibitions. Families are encouraged to communicate, reflect, and produce as artists together.
This after-school program for kids in grades K–4 is held weekly at the Aspen Art Museum. Taking place most Wednesdays from 2:30–4 PM, these workshops recognize the value of exposing children to the arts at an early age and use the artist’s process as an educational tool. Museum educators and teaching artists lead classes that include activities in the gallery and take-home projects.
This year’s “I Don’t Get It,” led by AAM Nancy and Bob Magoon CEO and Director Heidi Zuckerman, is an interactive, open-forum tour of Ryan Gander’s exhibition Make every show like it’s your last. The tour is followed by a complimentary sampling of soup served up in the museum’s café, SO. Presented as part of the Wintersköl™ festival.
The Aspen Art Museum tailors special visits and workshops for homeschool families and programs in the Roaring Fork Valley. Each workshop provides an opportunity for parents and children to learn about contemporary art while creating a work of art together as a family. Parents also learn techniques and skills for creating their own art experiences at home.
Tuesday–Sunday, 10 AM–6 PM
General operating support is provided by Colorado Creative Industries. CCI and its activities are made possible through an annual appropriation from the Colorado General Assembly and federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.