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 on the first Friday of each month. This program provides older adults opportunities to access contemporary art while supporting brain fitness and socialization. Residents are also provided the opportunity to visit the Aspen Art Museum for guided tours throughout the year.
All middle school–age students are invited to the Aspen Youth Center for creative games, art making, and zany activities. After 6 p.m., sixth-graders and up are treated to a pizza dinner and a launch event of Generation Zine.
Join former obituary writer for the New York Times Bruce Weber for insight into the process of writing about peoples’ lives as a marker of their passing. He will draw connections to Adam McEwen’s exhibition, in particular the artist’s obituaries of living subjects.
Drop-in Family Workshops at the AAM are designed to provide children and adults free opportunities to explore contemporary art and create works of art on their own. Families are encouraged to communicate, reflect, and produce as artists together. Artist Focus: Andrea Bowers, Project Theme: Expressing your Voice
This after-school program for kids in Grades K–4 is held most Wednesdays during the school year at the AAM. Museum educators lead classes that include activities in the gallery and take-home projects.
Limited class size; prior registration strongly encouraged.
This after-school program for middle school students (grades 7–8) is presented in collaboration with the Aspen Youth Center and provides hands-on experience in self-publishing in a collaborative group setting. Over the course of eight sessions, participants make their very own zine, which will be printed by the museum. An open house and application information session will be launched during the Middle School Night on January 20.
Troublemakers chronicles the history of land art in the 1960s and 1970s, when a group of radical New York artists began producing earthworks on a monumental scale in the desert spaces of the American southwest. The film follows the enigmatic careers of artists who use the earth as their primary medium, including Robert Smithson, Walter De Maria, and Michael Heizer. The film will be introduced by Lissa Ballinger, Curator and Program Associate at the Aspen Institute.
This new program for infants and their caregivers explores fun ways to interact through art. These regularly offered workshops integrate art making and appreciation into children’s lives. The Levels 0–2 and 3–5 Years are offered free of charge on a first come, first serve basis.
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.