Miranda July is a filmmaker, artist, and writer. July’s collection of stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You, won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and has been published in twenty-three countries. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper’s, and The New Yorker; It Chooses You was her first book of non-fiction. She wrote, directed and starred in The Future and Me and You and Everyone We Know—winner of the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and a Special Jury Prize at Sundance. July’s participatory art works include the website *Learning to Love You...
Exploring the emergence of spirit photography as a cultural and historical phenomenon, the Aspen Art Museum’s exhibition examines the photograph’s relationship to documentary and the pursuit of truth. Consisting of images produced between the 1830s and the late 1970s, Spirit Photography focuses on photographs of the occult and paranormal, presenting a survey of images that are both eerie in their believability and reveal early methods of photographic trickery.
Los Angeles–based artist Dave Muller created a new work for the covered walkways on the site of the new Aspen Art Museum. The mural incorporated imagery from Muller’s Three Day Weekend held in Aspen over Presidents’ Day weekend 2013, when visitors were invited to bring a favorite object to the museum for Muller to translate into a one-of-a-kind T-shirt. On one covered walkway, passersby will encounter some of Muller’s favorite things, while the other will feature some of Aspen’s favorite things.
Muller is known for his wall drawings and large-scale works on paper that employ iconic structures such as the top-ten list to create uniquely personal portraits based on the musical passions of their subjects. For the 2012–13 ski season, the artist created a site-specific wall drawing for the new Elk Camp restaurant on Snowmass Mountain. Entitled Aspen Skiing Company Music Survey Results and Generated Topography (The Hills Are Alive…), the drawing is based on the results of a brief questionnaire given by the artist to ASC employees in which he inquired about their top-ten favorite albums of all time as well as their height. Muller created a similarly themed acrylic on paper work for the AAM, Aspen Art Museum Top Ten (To Each His or Her Own).
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