Aspen Art Museum
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Aspen Art Museum Building designed by architect Shigeru Ban
|Location||637 E. Hyman Avenue
|Type||Contemporary art museum|
Founded in 1979, the Aspen Art Museum (AAM) is a non-collecting contemporary art museum located in Aspen, Colorado. AAM exhibitions include drawings, paintings, sculptures, multimedia installations and electronic media.
- 1 Aspen Art Museum Building
- 2 Accreditation
- 3 Exhibitions
- 4 Residency Programs
- 5 Education Programming
- 6 Public Programming
- 7 Collaborations and Outreach
- 8 Special Events and Annual Benefits
- 9 Membership
- 10 Aspen Art Press
- 11 Aspen Art Museum Shop
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Aspen Art Museum Building
Previously housed in a converted hydroelectric plant at 590 North Mill Street, the Aspen Art Museum (AAM) opened its new facility to the public at 637 East Hyman Avenue on August 9, 2014, . The building is designed by architect Shigeru Ban, recipient of the 2014 Pritzker Prize for Architecture. It is Ban's first US museum to be constructed. The 33,000-square-foot, four-level facility houses eight exhibition spaces: six gallery spaces, a roof top sculpture garden, and an outdoor commons. There are five main architectural features within the building's design plan: Grand Stair, Moving Glass Room Elevator, Woven Wood Screen, Wood Roof Truss and Walkable Skylights.
The Aspen Art Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The museum is a member institution of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), which represents directors of art museums throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. In March 2009, the AAM joined other Aspen area businesses through becoming certified under a jointly run City of Aspen Environmental Health Department and Canary Initiative “ZGreen” program. Environmental efforts undertaken by the AAM through the ZGreen program include recycling, composting, and zero waste events.
|Lutz Bacher||October 21, 2014 - January 25, 2015|
|Sarah Lucas||Florian and Kevin||October 21, 2014 - January 25, 2015|
|Rosemarie Trockel||Less Sauvage than Others||August 9 - October 26, 2014|
|Tomma Abts||Mainly Drawings||August 9 - October 26, 2014|
|David Hammons/Yves Klein Yves Klein/ David Hammons||August 9 - November 30, 2014|
|Shigeru Ban||Humanitarian Architecture||August 2- October 5, 2014|
|Colorado Mineralogy||August 2- October 5, 2014|
|Cai Guo-Qiang||Black Lightning||August 2, 2014|
|Cai Guo-Qiang||Moving Ghost Town||August 9 - October 5, 2014|
|Ernesto Neto||Gratitude||June 6 - September 2, 2014|
|Amy Sillman||one lump or two||February 14 - May 18, 2014|
|Young Curators of the Roaring Fork: Escape||January 25, 2014 - February 2, 2014|
|Trapping Lions In The Scottish Highlands||November 15, 2013 - February 2, 2014|
|Holt Quentel||November 15, 2013 - January 19, 2014|
|Teresita Fernandez||November 23 - September 2, 2014|
|2013 Roaring Fork Open||October 4–27, 2013|
|Lorna Simpson||July 26 - September 22, 2013|
|Hayley Tompkins||July 26 - September 22, 2013|
|Rob Pruitt||An American Folk Artist||May 3 - July 14, 2013|
|Thea Djordjadze||May 3 - July 14, 2013|
|Tom Sachs||Miffy Fountain and My Melody||February 20 - September 8, 2013|
|Morgan Fisher||December 14, 2012 - February 3, 2013|
|Dave Muller||November 22, 2012 - July 1, 2013|
|Young Curators of the Roaring Fork||Plugged In||January 26 - February 3, 2013|
|BLOCK, PILLAR, SLAB, BEAM||December 14, 2012 - January 20, 2013|
|Monika Sosnowska||February 15 - April 21, 2013|
|Kathrin Sonntag||Green Doesn't Matter When You're Blue||February 15 - April 21, 2013|
|Mark Grotjahn||February 17 - April 29, 2012|
|Ian Kiaer||Melnikov Project||February 17 - April 22, 2012|
|Young Curators of the Roaring Fork||Re-||April 27 - May 4, 2012|
|Jay Heikes||Buried in the Bright||February 17 - May 3, 2012|
|The Residue of Memory||May 11 - July 15, 2012|
|Simon Denny||Full Participation||May 18 - July 15, 2012|
|Kay Rosen||Construction Zone||June 2012 - May 2013|
|Mungo Thomson||Levitating Mass||July 2012 - September 3, 2012|
|Lucio Fontana||Ceramics||July 27 - October 7, 2012|
|Amelie von Wulffen||2012 Jane and Marc Nathanson Distinguished Artist in Residence||July 27 - October 7, 2012|
|Continental Drift||October 19 - November 25, 2012|
|Mark Manders||Parallel Occurrences/ Documented Assignments||February 18 – May 1, 2011|
|Young Curators of the Roaring Fork||May 6, 2011 – May 15, 2011|
|The Anxiety of Photography||May 13, 2011 – July 11, 2011|
|Cathy Wilkes||May 19 – July 17, 2011|
|Haegue Yang||2011 Jane and Marc Nathanson Distinguished Artist in Residence||July 29 – Oct 9, 2011|
|Stephen Shore||July 29, 2011 – October 9, 2011|
|Roaring Fork Open 2011||October 21, 2011 - November 20, 2011|
|Slater Bradley||December 9, 2011 – February 5, 2012|
|Huma Bhabha||December 9. 2011 – February 5, 2012|
|Mamma Andersson||December 10, 2010 – February 6, 2011|
|Roger Hiorns||December 10, 2010 – February 6, 2011|
|Susan Philipsz||December 12, 2010 - February 21, 2011|
|Louise Bourgeois, Berlinde de Bruyckere, Robert Gober, David Hammons, and Kiki Smith||Disembodied|
|Young Curators of the Roaring Fork||Person|
|Allora & Calzadilla, Pawel Althamer, Marc Bijl, Lara Favaretto, Geof Oppenheimer, Lars Ramberg, Frances Stark, and Mark Wallinger.||Restless Empathy|
|Marlo Pascual||2010 Jane and Marc Nathanson Distinguished Artist in Residence.|
|970.org||A collaborative exhibition with 7 local arts organizations: The Red Brick Arts Center, Carbondale Clay Center, CMC Ceramics Studio, Glenwood Center for the Arts, Aspen Chapel Gallery, and SAW Gallery and Studio.||October 21 – November 28, 2010|
|Peter Coffin||2009 Jane and Marc Nathanson Distinguished Artist in Residence|
|Doug Aitken, Bas Jan Ader, Marcel Broodthaers, Guy Ben-Ner, Trisha Donnelly, Nancy Graves, Henrik Håkansson, David Noonan, Paul Pfeiffer, and Diana Thater.||No Sound|
|Harrell Fletcher||2009 Old Fashioned Fourth of July AAM Float Artist|
|Roaring Fork Open|
|Jeremy Deller||Marlon Brando, Pocahontas, and Me|
|Catherine Sullivan, Cao Fei, A.L. Steiner + robbinschild and Saskia Olde Wolbers.||Four Thursday Nights|
|Friedrich Kunath||Rising vs. Setting|
|Aida Ruilova||The Singles 1999−Now|
|Sanford Biggers, Anne Collier, Jesper Just, Tim Lee, Euan Macdonald, Susan Philipsz, Ugo Rondinone, Melanie Schiff, and Wilhelm Sasnal.||Unknown Pleasures|
|Phil Collins||soy mi madre 2008 Jane and Marc Nathanson Distinguished Artist in Residence|
|Lisa Anne Auerbach|
|ARAC @ AAM||Anderson Ranch at the Aspen Art Museum|
|Walead Beshty, Alexandra Bricken, Ceal Floyer, Tom Friedman, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Wade Guyton, Wolfgang Liab, Robert Morris, William O'brien, Mitzi Pederson, Dieter Roth, Robert Ryman, Fred Sandback, Anna Sew Hoy, Gedi Sibony, Rudolf Stingel, Lawerence Weiner, Jennifer West, and Erwin Wurm.||Now You See It|
|Chiho Aoshima, Polly Apfelbaum, Hernan Bas, Sarah Cain, Ernesto Caivano, Tony Feher, Torben Giehler, Henriette Grahnert, Mark Grotjahn, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Uwe Henneken, Jim Hodges, Byron Kim, Peter McDonald, Kelly McLane, Elizabeth Peyton, Brett Cody Rogers, Mindy Shapiro, Jessica Stockholder, and Andro Wekua.||Like Color in Pictures|
|Tonico Lemos Auad|
|Kota Ezawa, Deimantas Narkevicius, Pawel Wojtasik, and David Hammons.||Four Thursday Nights|
|Nicole Wermers||Masse und Auflösung|
|Koo Jeong-A||2007 AAM Distinguished Artist in Residence|
|Nicolau Vergueiro||2007 Old Fashioned Fourth of July AAM Float Artist|
|Avner Ben Gal||Sudden Poverty|
|Matthew Barney, Anne Chu, Keith Edmier, Teresita Fernández, Jorge Pardo (installation artist), Tobias Rehberger, Thomas Scheibitz, Kathy Schimert, and Ricky Swallow.||Sculptors Drawing|
|Lily van der Stokker and David Shirgley.||To the Wall|
|Roaring Fork Open|
|Richard Tuttle||A Room for 3 People|
|Simon Evans||How to get about|
|Yutaka Sone||X-Art Show|
|Laylah Ali, Janine Antoni, Matthew Barney, Anne Collier, Marlene Dumas, Lella Essaydi, Ellen Gallagher, Christopher Garrett, David Hutcher, Adam Helms, Chris Johanson, Annette Kelm, Jim Lambie, Mariko Mori, Wangechi Mutu, Yositomo Nara, Kristin Oppenheim, Ugo Rondione, Kay Rosen, Sterling Ruby, Thomas Scheibitz, David Shirgley, James Surls, Fred Tomaselli, and Chris Vasell.||Having New Eyes|
|Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon, Andy Ouchi, and Alexandro Segade.||My Barbarian|
|Diana Thater, T. Kelly Mason, Yang Fudong, and Johanna Billing.||Four Thursday Nights|
|Doug Aitken||A Photographic Survey|
|Nathan Mabry||2006 Old Fashioned Fourth of July AAM Float Artist|
|Slater Bradley, Paul Chan, Sarah Charlesworth, Adam Chodzko, Julie Mehretu, Brent Steen, and Artur Zmijewski.||Belief and Doubt|
|Javier Téllez||2006 Jane and Marc Nathanson Distinguished Artist in Residence|
|Amy Adler||Make Believe|
The Gabriela and Ramiro Garza Distinguished Artist in Residence Program
The AAM's Distinguished Artist in Residence Program was first established in 2006. The Aspen Art Museum’s annual artist in residency program brings artists to Aspen, Colorado, to work on creating a new body of work, which will ultimately be exhibited in the AAM galleries. Artists in residence hold a gallery walkthrough and a lecture as part of their residency.
The AAM provides educational and public programming, including community-based programming through art workshops, public lecture events, guided tours of museum exhibitions and private collections, and member art trips.
Exhibition in a Box
Launched as a pilot program in 2007, Exhibition in a Box is tied to National Standards of Learning and focuses on object-based learning, the creative process, visual literacy and critical thinking skills. The program is available to all public and private elementary schools located within a 2-½ hour drive of Aspen. Following a museum representative’s visit to the classroom, the program continues with a museum field trip where students tour the facility, meet museum staff, and see in-person the works of the artists discussed at their school.
Over the course of nine weeks each summer, the AAM offers art workshops for children using museum exhibitions as a foundation.
Young Curators of the Roaring Fork
The AAM’s Young Curators of the Roaring Fork program brings together high school students from Aspen to Rifle, Colorado, to curate an exhibition of artwork by their peers. Participants in the program learn the process of exhibiting contemporary artwork—from identifying a theme and soliciting work, to promoting and installing a museum-quality exhibition. Throughout the academic year, the Young Curators meet with museum staff, attend museum functions, and visit with artists to gain the knowledge necessary to curate and administrate their own exhibition.
The Questrom Education Fund
The Questrom Education Fund was established in 2012. The QEF provides for education-based outreach programs.
Offered on select Saturdays, families create hands-on art projects
Held once a month at area libraries, this program introduces children to the basic foundations of art through storybooks, looking activities, and hands-on art projects.
Art Studio is an ongoing program held from September–June, designed to explore art through three age levels: 2–5 years olds, K-4th grade, 5th - 8th grade.
Designed especially for educators, these workshops introduce current exhibitions and provide learning tools to integrate contemporary art into classroom curriculum.
The Questrom Lecture Series
Questrom Lecture Series events include lectures and public discussions with visiting artists, important scholars, curators, and critics.
Sunday Cinema is a moving image program series, presenting various formats of film on the last Sunday of each month.
Art Matters! Television Program
“Art Matters!” is the AAM’s bi-weekly half-hour television program aired on Aspen’s GrassRootsTV12 local community television access station. “Art Matters!” episodes include in-studio conversations with renowned artists, curators, and arts professionals, virtual tours of galleries, private art collections, art fairs, and artists’ studios, as well as being available in streaming video and video-on-demand formats on the GrassRootsTV12 station web site.
“Art Matters!” shows have included such guests as artists Doug Aitken, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Walead Beshty, Phil Collins, Harrell Fletcher, Jim Hodges, Friedrich Kunath, Yan Lei, Julie Mehretu, Jason Middlebrook, William O'Brien, Mai-Thu Perret, Catherine Sullivan, Fred Tomaselli, Richard Tuttle, and Mark Wallinger, architect Shigeru Ban, curators Ian Berry, Peter Eleey, Massimiliano Gioni, Sylvie Gilbert, Paul Ha, Jens Hoffmann, and John Hanhardt, as well as other art-world professionals.
Architecture Lecture Series
The AAM Architecture Lecture Series (ALS) brings international architects to Aspen to discuss the role of public architecture in our society and how its form, style, and purpose impact our engineered landscapes.
Art In The Outdoors
The AAM offers a series of programs to explore art outdoors.
Collaborations and Outreach
The Aspen Art Museum collaborates with other Aspen area non-profits, businesses, community institutions and organizations, including: Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, Aspen Historical Society, Aspen Institute/Aspen Ideas Festival, Aspen Music Festival and School, Aspen Writer’s Foundation, Aspen Young Professional Association, City of Aspen Community Development Department, Colorado Mountain College, GrassRoots TV12, Pitkin County Jail, Pitkin County Library, Aspen Youth Center, Shining Stars, Pitkin Senior Center, Youth Recovery Center, Theatre Aspen and Aspen Music Festival and School.
Beginning in 2005, the AAM and the Aspen Skiing Company partnered to bring contemporary art to audiences by selecting contemporary artwork for each season’s lift-tickets. Artist-participants are: Yutaka Sone, Peter Doig (2006/07), Karen Kilimnik (2007/08), Jim Hodges (2008/09), Carla Klein (2009/10), Walter Niedermayr (2010/11), Mark Grotjahn (2011/12), David Shrigley (2012/13), Mark Bradford (2013/14), Anne Collier (2014/15).
Special Events and Annual Benefits
ArtCrush is the AAM’s annual summer benefit. During ArtCrush, Nancy and Bob Magoon CEO and Director and Chief Curator Heidi Zuckerman presents an annual artist honoree with the Aspen Award for Art. The award is given to an artist who has either exhibited, or will exhibit, at the AAM. Aspen Award for Art honorees include: Ernesto Neto (2014), Teresita Fernandez (2013), Tom Sachs (2012), Roni Horn (2011), Marilyn Minter (2010), Fred Tomaselli, Ed Ruscha (2008), Jim Hodges(2007), Tony Feher (2006), and Richard Tuttle (2005). 
The Now: A Dinner Dance
The Now is the Aspen Art Museum's annual winter benefit event held each year on December 28.
The AAM is a member institution in the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) membership program, which offers membership privileges at nearly 400 participating museums. Effective January 1, 2010, additional reciprocal privileges are also in the Modern/Contemporary (Mod/Co) reciprocal member program of 39 internationally recognized institutions.
Aspen Art Press
Through the Aspen Art Press, the AAM publishes artist catalogues and monographs, archiving the AAM’s exhibitions and artist projects.
Aspen Art Museum Shop
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