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.
As the Aspen Art Museum’s 2015–2016 Gabriela and Ramiro Garza Distinguished Artist in Residence, New York–based artist Mickalene Thomas has developed a new body of work in the medium of film and video. The AAM’s exhibition Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities recasts and reconfigures notions of beauty, gender, race, and representation. Thomas uses the copy-and-paste sensibility of her paintings and collages to edit portraits of women together, creating a larger narrative of what it means to be a woman in the world today.
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 spring, the AAM and Aspen Film present the film program “Before and After Desire,” inspired by the exhibition of Nate Lowman’s work at the AAM. Exploring the quests and consequences of longing through a cinematic lens, these films span the timeframe of the works surveyed in the exhibition as well as our deepest desires to connect with our surroundings.
Wednesday, March 21, 7 PM
Lost in Translation (2003)
Directed by Sofia Coppola
Rated R; 101 min
A lonely, aging movie star and a neglected, newlywed young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo. Strangers in a foreign land, the two find escape, distraction, and understanding amidst the bright city lights.
Wednesday, April 18, 7 PM
Directed by Errol Morris
Rated R; 87 min
This documentary tells the story of a former Miss Wyoming whose quest for one true love landed her on the pages of tabloid newspapers following charges of abducting a young Mormon Missionary. In director Errol Morris’s words, this movie “is a meditation on how we are shaped by the media and even more powerfully, by ourselves.”
Wednesday, May 23, 7 PM
Ingrid Goes West (2017)
Directed by Matt Spicer
Rated R; 97 min
Following the death of her mother and a series of self-inflicted setbacks, young Ingrid Thorburn moves out West to befriend her Instagram obsession, a Los Angeles socialite named Taylor Sloane. Although a quick bond is forged between the two, the façade begins to crack with comically malicious results.