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Aspen Art Museum


Movies at the Museum

Presenting a wide range of themes, film screenings at the AAM reveal important perspectives of filmmakers and artists of our time.

Movies at the Museum is presented in collaboration with Aspen Film free of charge on the Roof Deck Sculpture Garden.

This fall, explore science-fiction films that negotiate translations of time and space through the program Klaatu Barada Nikto, presented by the AAM and Aspen Film. This phrase, drawn from the 1951 film The Day the Earth Stood Still, serves as the inspiration for the title of Yto Barrada’s exhibition at the AAM as well as a reminder of our human need to find understanding.

Wednesday, September 19, 7 PM
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
Directed by Robert Wise
Rated G; 92 min

The film program begins with the source inspiration for Yto Barrada’s exhibition Klaatu Barrada Nikto. In this sci-fi classic, an alien, Klaatu (Michael Rennie), lands on Earth and tells people that they must live peacefully or they will be destroyed in order to protect other planets.

Wednesday, October 24, 7 PM
Inception (2010)
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Rated PG-13; 148 min

Shot partially in Tangier, Morocco, near the hometown of Yto Barrada, this psychological thriller explores the multiple layers of the subconscious. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a thief skilled at the dangerous practice of extracting information from dreams. His rare ability is a curse from which the only way to escape is a final job in which he must do the opposite: create a crime scene in the mind of an enemy by planting an idea.

Wednesday, November 28, 7 PM
Arrival (2016)
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Rated PG-13; 116 min

Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is a linguist who is brought onto a special military operation to communicate with aliens who have suddenly arrived at various locations on Earth. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and her team race against time to find a way to communicate with the unknown visitors.

AAM education programs are made possible by the Questrom Education Fund. Additional support for Movies at the Museum is provided by the Etkin Family Digital Media and Moving Image Fund.