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...
Examining the conditions of second chances, this group exhibition centers on the idea of the fresh start as well as scenarios of repetition that afford the opportunity for new resolutions. Attentive to the moment in a second chance when outcomes are invisible yet full of potential, the inherent tenet of this exhibition is one of hopefulness.
In conjunction with the exhibition, every morning between April 13–May 1, 2015, Helen Mirra walked around Aspen focused on developing the half-smile, as described by Thich Nhat Hanh. Anyone was welcome to meet her at the gazebo in Paepcke Park. After a brief orientation, participants set out, separately, to walk/hike for a number of hours, focused on developing the half-smile, and then met again to have a simple lunch.
AAM exhibitions are made possible by the Marx Exhibition Fund. General exhibition support is provided by the Toby Devan Lewis Visiting Artist Fund.
Second Chances is supported by Susan and Larry Marx, the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation for Latin American Art, and funded in part by the AAM National Council. Additional exhibition support is provided by the Martin & Rebecca Eisenberg Foundation.
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.