ASPEN ART MUSEUM – Big City Art in a Tiny Mountain Town

Aspen Art Museum Photo by By BKThomson

ART IN THE MOUNTAINS

THE ASPEN ART MUSEUM Previously housed in a converted hydroelectric plant at 590 North Mill Street, the new Aspen Art Museum (AAM) opened its new facility to the public at 637 East Hyman Avenue on August 9, 2014. The building was 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.

For a town with a population of 6871 (as of 2016) a stunning world class museum is a fabulous asset. Of course Aspen is not your average town, first of all, most of those 6871 residents don’t actually live there, it is their second home. Most of the people who keep Aspen humming live outside of town in trailer parks and smaller towns down the road.

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.

EXHIBITIONS

Sarah Cain: Mountain Song
Nov 24, 2017-Sep 30, 2018

Ugo Rondinone: moonrise. east. july
Nov 27, 2017-May 13, 2018

Ritual
Dec 15, 2017-Nov 25, 2018

Nate Lowman: Before and After
Dec 15, 2017-Jun 10, 2018

Dara Friedman: Mother Drum
Dec 15, 2017-May 13, 2018