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.
These community workshops provide playful art exploration for young audiences with their parents or caregivers. The Levels 0–2 and 3–5 Years are offered free of charge on a first come, first serve basis.
Originally exhibited in 2008 at the Fields Sculpture Park, Twitchers and Cheaters is a multichannel video installation highlighting the common habits of bird watchers (sometimes nicknamed “twitchers”) that gently pokes fun at our tendency to collect, identify, and categorize. The project is Nina Katchadourian’s take on a “life list”—a list prized by most birders that relies on the honor system to track sightings over time. The artist uses video footage of birds—appropriated from instructional bird-watching DVDs used to identify different species—that flits from monitor to monitor and induces a “twitching” type of looking for the viewer. Displayed on five monitors, Katchadourian’s piece essentially presents a cheater’s “life list” in just minutes.
Katchadourian’s AAM iteration is on view in the exterior Grand Stair playing footage of all the local bird species that might be encountered in and around Pitkin County.
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.