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Night owls will get unprecedented, overnight access to the museum. A cozy setup on Level 3 will feature Bill Viola’s videogame The Night Journey (2007–18). The game, which is one of the first experimental art games, uses game and video techniques to tell the story of an individual’s journey towards enlightenment. Unlike typical videogames, there is no one path to take, no single goal to achieve, but the player’s actions will reflect on themselves and the world, transforming and changing them both.
Welcome the sun with a yoga session taught in the outdoor Roof Deck Sculpture Garden on Level 3 of the museum, with full views of the surrounding mountain landscape. This all-levels class is taught by Aaron King, who teaches with an honest, heartfelt style that encourages embracing patience, balance, and truth. Participants are welcome on a first come, first served basis, and are encouraged to bring a mat.
As a reference to the first artwork encountered by visitors to the new Aspen Art Museum, temporary tattoos by Tattly featuring Jim Hodges’s work With Liberty and Justice for All (A Work in Progress) will be available from Level 3 throughout the course of the second day of the Whole Celebration.
Nourish your mind, body, and spirit through a community brunch. The AAM’s culinary partners Allen and Julia Domingos have designed a special menu using fresh produce sourced through The Farm Collaborative.
Richard Tuttle was born in Rahway, NJ, in 1941, and lives and works in New Mexico and New York. Tuttle’s practice integrates painting, sculpture, poetry, assemblage, and drawing to create poetic interventions on the human experience. His work was on view at the AAM in 2005–06, and he is returning to Aspen to participate in The Whole Celebration’s twenty-four-hour celebration of the AAM’s anniversary.
Join around Oscar Tuazon’s Fire Worship to rekindle memories of the Aspen Art Museum from the last forty years. This marathon-style session will draw on voices that are to be featured in a new publication by the AAM, including individuals who participated in StoryCorps recordings in 2018. This warm gathering will collectively trace the oral history of the museum through two-minute anecdotes.
Monthly drop-in Family Workshops at the AAM are designed to provide children ages 3–10 and adults free opportunities to explore the galleries and create works of art on their own. Families are encouraged to communicate, reflect, and produce as artists together.
As a lively close to the Whole Celebration, the AAM welcomes Whitacre for an outdoor concert around Oscar Tuazon’s Fire Worship. With sold-out shows and rising streaming popularity around their recently released EP Within the Mountains’ Shadows, Whitacre blurs the lines of folk, indie rock, and bluegrass music. Their thought-provoking, positive lyrics and high-energy live performances provide a spirited ending note to close the twenty-four-hour program.
Have you ever seen a sculpture that looks like a drawing? Or a drawing that looks like a sculpture? Now is your chance to bend dimensions with your art skills! Join us to make new and exciting artworks through the combination of 2-D and 3-D techniques.
Taking cues from the flora and fauna around us, young artists will combine natural and human-made materials—such as faux fur, reflective surfaces, pinecones, and twigs—to create masks and costumes for pretend play and animated tales about life in the Rocky Mountains. Family and friends are invited to a performative art show at the end of the week!
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.