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.
After taking a trip to visit Shinique Smith’s installation Resonant Tides (2015) at Elk Camp in Snowmass, Workshop participants will have the chance to create their own mountain-inspired collaborative mural that will be presented at the Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade. Students will learn painting and drawing techniques that apply to artworks of all sizes. Participation in the 4th of July parade is strongly encouraged.
The Aspen Art Museum’s new moving image program series, Sunday Cinema, presents various formats of film on the last Sunday of every month accompanied by a special menu at SO, the museum café.
ABOUT THE FILM
Piercing Brightness is the debut feature film directed by acclaimed visual artist Shezad Dawood, scripted by cult novelist Kirk Lake with an original score by Makoto Kawabata of Acid Mothers Temple (Japan) and featuring music by Alexander Tucker.
Two youths land in a spaceship outside the town of Preston in the United Kingdom. Their mission: to re-establish contact and affect the retrieval of the “Glorious 100” sent to earth millennia ago in human form to study and observe the development of another race. After making contact with one of the 100, now a Pakistani shopkeeper, they discover that many of their kind have become corrupted, forgetting their original purpose and slowly becoming influenced by and in turn influencing their adopted home.
Inspired by Lancashire having the highest rate of UFO sightings in the UK, Piercing Brightness was commissioned by In Certain Places, which examines the role of artists in the city. Eerily beautiful, the film employs different formats and archival footage of UFO sightings to create a film that is as experimental as it is entertaining.
At 6:30 p.m., a special dinner menu will be available beforehand at the museum café, SO, optional to enjoy before the start of the film with prior registration.
Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial - Reims, France
Local Tomatoes, Wild Arugula, Olive Dust & Broken Basil Vinaigrette
Hoffstatter, Pinot Grigio – Tentino-Alto-Adige, Italy
“White Lasagna” - Roasted Chicken, Local Kale, Homemade Noodles, and Roasted Late Summer Vegetables, Marinated Haricot Verte
Lyric by Etude, Pinot Noir – Carneros
Pistachio Ice Cream “Sandwich” - Espresso Chocolate Sauce
Kid’s Antipasto – Veggies & Ranch Dip, Salami, Cheese & Crackers
Roasted Organic Chicken Legs & Thighs, Julia’s Mac & Cheese, Local Buttery Green Beans
Mini Brownie Sundae - Cinnamon Ice Cream & Chocolate Sauce
Dinner is $50 per adult with $25 wine pairings; $20 for kids. The film screening is free.
Pre-registration is required and will be secured with a credit card, as space is limited. RSVP at email@example.com.
Support for Sunday Cinema is provided by The Etkin Family Digital Media and Moving Image Fund. AAM education programs are made possible by the Questrom Education Fund.
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.