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Aspen Art Museum


On My Dear Mountains
with Glenn Adamson, Jenna Fletcher &
Gaetano Pesce

Oct 15, 2022
12:00 PM



To mark the final weekend of the exhibition My Dear Mountains by Gaetano Pesce—one of the world’s most influential living artists and creative minds—Aspen Art Museum hosted an online talk by international curator and scholar Glenn Adamson, followed by an in-conversation between Pesce and taste-shifter consultant Jenna Fletcher. The event will be introduced by AAM Curator-at-Large Stella Bottai.

Editor of the upcoming major monograph on Gaetano Pesce—to be published by Monacelli, a Phaidon Company, in May 2023—Adamson is a leading expert on Pesce’s entire oeuvre. His presentation for Aspen Art Museum will offer a critical and contextual reading of My Dear Mountains in relation to previous projects by Pesce, highlighting the key moments in his development of the concept and practice of figurative architecture. Through a Q&A with Stella Bottai, the making of the upcoming monograph will also be unpacked, revealing the crucial challenges of bringing editorial cohesiveness to Pesce’s signature incoherence.

Following Adamson’s talk, Gaetano Pesce will be in conversation with Jenna Fletcher. They will expand on their earlier print interview for Aspen Art Museum’s Summer Magazine and touch on personal and professional topics, such as the importance of living by water, curiosity, and Pesce’s most recent projects in Aspen and Milan.

Gaetano Pesce: The Complete Incoherence, the definitive volume on the artist-designer’s incomparable life and career, is available for pre-order here.

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Glenn Adamson

Glenn Adamson is a curator and writer who works at the intersection of craft, design history and contemporary art. He has previously been Director of the Museum of Arts and Design; Head of Research at the V&A; and Curator at the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee. Adamson’s publications include Fewer Better Things (2019); Art in the Making (2016, co-authored with Julia Bryan-Wilson); The Invention of Craft (2013); Postmodernism: Style and Subversion (2011); The Craft Reader (2010); and Thinking Through Craft (2007). He contributes regularly to Art in America. Adamson was the co-curator of Crafting America at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (2021); Objects: USA 2020 at R & Company Gallery (2021); Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years at MAD (2016); Beazley Designs of the Year 2017, at the Design Museum, London; and Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery, at the Yale Center for British Art (2017). His biographical study of the artist Lenore Tawney is included in the John Michael Kohler Art Center’s exhibition catalogue Mirror of the Universe. His book Craft: An American History was published by Bloomsbury in January 2021. He is currently at work on A Century of Tomorrows, a new book about the history of the future.

Jenna Fletcher

Jenna Fletcher is the London based founder of oswalde, a design consultancy, studio and retailer of 20th century design furniture, established in 2020. Fletcher’s category-defying work has been the subject of extensive features in Vogue, Financial Times, and Kaleidoscope, among others.

Gaetano Pesce

Born in La Spezia, Italy, in 1939, Gaetano Pesce studied Architecture at the University of Venice between 1958 to 1963 and was a participant in Gruppo N, an early collective concerned with programmed art patterned after the Bauhaus. He taught architecture at the Institut d’Architecture et d’Etudes Urbaines in Strasbourg, France for 28 years; Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh; Domus Academy in Milan; Polytechnic of Hong Kong; Architectural School of Sao Paulo; and the Cooper Union in New York City, where he has lived and worked since 1980. Pesce’s work can be found in the permanent collections of over 30 national and international museums including the Museum of Modern Art in both New York and San Francisco; Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; Vitra Museum in Germany; Pompidou Center and Musee des Arts Décoratifs of Louvre in Paris; and Victoria and Albert Museum in London. His award-winning designs include the prestigious Chrysler Award for Innovation and Design in 1993, the Architektur and Wohnen Designer of the Year in 2006, and the Lawrence J. Israel Prize from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York in 2009. In the USA, Gaetano Pesce is represented by Salon94 Design.

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On My Dear Mountains is presented by Aspen Art Museum in collaboration with Phaidon and Monacelli.

The project is supported by the Italian Council (9th Edition, 2020) – a program of the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Culture to promote Italian contemporary art in the world.