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.
From July 10–14, Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will construct a temporary mandala sand painting on Level 3 of the Aspen Art Museum as part of their annual visit to Aspen. Visitors are invited to watch the creation of this temporal artwork during regular museum hours. Please join us for the following special events, which are also free and open to the public:
An evening double-feature of two compelling artist’s projects, each of which utilized contemporary technology at the time of its creation. The evening will start with Michael Smith’s The USA FreeStyle Disco Championships (1979/2003; 3 min. 36 sec.) and will be followed by Frances Stark’s My Best Thing (2011; 99 min.).
Frances Stark is a Los Angeles–based artist known for her explorations of the intersection between writing, drawing, and collage. Initially presented at the 54th Venice Biennale, My Best Thing is a feature-length digital animation in the form of a serialized soap opera constructed from her interactions with two twenty-something Italian men on internet video chat sites. Stark used Xtranormal, a freely available 3-D animation software, to translate her online encounters into conversations between digital avatars. As these interactions evolve from standard online flirtatiousness to discussions of art, literature, film, and politics, My Best Thing humorously and often poignantly reflects on our contemporary world, a place where technological mediation enables both greater intimacy and greater anonymity in our relationships.
Both hilarious and touching, Michael Smith’s classic 1979 slide piece The USA FreeStyle Disco Championships documents Smith’s ever-hopeful everyman alter ego “Mike” as he competes in the eponymous dance competition at New York’s Copacabana nightclub.
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.