Aug 24 2012
AAM Future Home: Summer 2012
East Hyman Avenue and South Spring Street, Aspen
This summer the Aspen Art Museum continues to present thought-provoking programming on the site of its future home in Aspen’s downtown core. Look for artist Kay Rosen’s playful installation Construction Zone (2012), designed especially for the site, and Mungo Thomson’s Levitating Mass (2012), featured in Aspen’s Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Parade.
AAM Future Home site exhibitions are funded in part by the AAM National Council. Works are created as part of the New Aspen Art Museum Site Commissions.
On view through May 2013
Originally trained as a linguist, Kay Rosen is internationally renowned for her language-based paintings, drawings, and public installations. Borrowing strategies from the worlds of advertising and design as well as fine art, Rosen’s manipulations and juxtapositions highlight the inherent fluidity of language, creating surprising double and triple entendres.
Rosen has created a new work specifically for the covered sidewalk that wraps around the Spring Street and Hyman Avenue sides of the AAM Future Home site. Playing on the anagram PEEK/KEEP, Rosen’s installation Construction Zone (2012) simultaneously asks passersby to “keep out” but also to “peek in,” humorously acknowledging the need for safety while also encouraging curiosity.
Kay Rosen’s project is funded with major underwriting from Nancy and Robert Magoon.
On view through September 3, 2012
For the seventh summer in a row, the AAM partnered with a contemporary artist to create an artwork for Aspen’s Fourth of July celebration. This year’s project was by Los Angeles–based artist Mungo Thomson, known for his humorous, conceptually driven work. Thomson’s project for the AAM references Michael Heizer’s monumental work Levitated Mass (2012)—which invites viewers to stroll beneath a 340-ton granite stone—by making the stone float as an inflatable replica. Currently on view at the AAM Future Home site, the float is approximately half the size of Heizer’s rock.
Mungo Thomson’s project was organized by the Aspen Art Museum with support from Alison and Mark Pincus.
Visit www.mungothomson.com to learn more about the artist.
FUTURE HOME HOURS
Monday–Sunday, 11 am–5 pm