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Aspen Art Museum


Partnering with Plant Life: A conversation on art and nature with Jody Guralnick and Rio Crandall

Jul 29, 2021
6:15 PM
At The Hotel Jerome

Free and open to the public.

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Two iconic Aspen institutions come together this summer with THE ASPEN ART SCENE, a series curated by Aspen Art Museum at Hotel Jerome. Giving guests unprecedented access to iconic artists and creators from around the globe, and co-hosted by Andrew Travers, Arts Editor of The Aspen Times, the series will explore a variety of fascinating topics from botany and nature, to pop photography, and what really happens behind the scenes at the museum. Celebrate the incredible talents and impressive pursuits of visual tastemakers in a totally unique setting, all while sipping on curated art-inspired cocktails during each installment of THE ASPEN ART SCENE.

Jody Guralnick will be showing new paintings this August at the Skye Gallery in Aspen. She has shown work nationally and internationally, including the Flomenhaft Gallery, NYC; the National Art Museum of China, Beijing; the Aspen Art Museum; the Denver Contemporary Biennial; the Boulder Art Museum; as well as a Visiting Artists Residency at the American Academy in Rome. She is currently the Artist in Residence at the Redline Contemporary Art Center in Denver and closed a show recently at the Denver Botanic Gardens Art and Science Gallery in 2020. She has degrees from St. Martin’s School of Art in London and Pratt Institute in New York.

Rio Crandall collaborated on the design and led the installation of the Precious Okoyomon exhibition currently on display on the AAM roof deck. She is passionate about curating garden spaces that reflect the areas surrounding beauty while focusing on sustainability, longevity, and highlighting the immense beauty of native plant material. As viewers move through the exhibit her excitement can be experienced with what she hopes is a childlike wonder. As the plantings grow and evolve she is excited for the interactions visitors will have experiencing the life cycle of a garden throughout the seasons. Typically gardens are viewed from a manicured, highly curated sense without allowing a plant to show its full beauty before cutting it off. By bearing witness to their full life cycle we honor plants in a way that brings life, death, and regeneration into focus. She looks forward to a conversation about the process of bringing this design to life and a discussion around its evolvement over the next year as it is on display until September 2022.