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.
Ugo Rondinone’s moonrise. east. july—one of twelve sculptures representing each calendar month in the artist’s Moonrise series—is a nearly nine-foot-tall bust of a masklike figure. Paying homage to the moon and its many changes and mythologies, each sculpture dons a different exaggerated expression, similar to the waxing and waning of the moon. First modeled in clay before being cast in aluminum and painted, some of these heads are inviting and playful, while others are more unsettling. In each of Rondinone’s striking creations, the artist’s hand is apparent through the texture of their…
About the Spring Series
This season, the AAM’s Movies at the Museum program presents films that complement Mickalene Thomas’s exhibition Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities. The program draws on true stories of strong female protagonists, each of whom overcomes adversity in ordinary and extraordinary ways while challenging us to imagine a better world.
About the Film
What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)
Directed by Liz Garbus
Classically trained pianist, dive-bar chanteuse, black power icon, and legendary recording artist, Nina Simone lived a life of brutal honesty, musical genius, and tortured melancholy. In this epic documentary, director Liz Garbus interweaves never-before-heard recordings and rare archival footage together with Nina’s most memorable songs to create an unforgettable portrait of one of the least understood, yet most beloved, artists of our time.
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.