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Summer of Museum milestone celebrations
also mark AAM fortieth anniversary and fifth year in new
Shigeru Ban–designed building in Aspen downtown core
ASPEN, COLORADO (June 10, 2019) — The Aspen Art Museum (AAM) is pleased to announce the fifteenth anniversary celebration of its signature, three-day ArtCrushSummer Benefit from Wednesday, July 31–Friday, August 2, 2019. As one of the international contemporary art world’s most recognized and important summer calendar highlights, ArtCrush’s four events—WineCrush, PreviewCrush, ArtCrush, andAfterpartyCrush—are attended each year by over 650 of the world’s most influential art collectors, artists, gallerists, museum professionals, wine connoisseurs, celebrities, and business leaders. Their support provides a significant portion of funding for the AAM’s year-round curatorial and educational programming—totaling nearly $28,000,000 in total AAM support throughout its event history from 2005 onward.
Chaired by longtime, visionary supporter and AAM National Council member Amy Phelan, ArtCrush 2019 is presented as part of a banner year of celebratory museum milestones that include the AAM’s fortieth anniversary as an institution and its five-year mark in opening its award-winning Shigeru Ban–designed facility in
Aspen’s downtown core. *(Details of the AAM’s The Whole Celebration below—5:00 p.m. (MST), Saturday, August 10th through 5:00 p.m. (MST), Sunday, August 11)
One of ArtCrush’s major annual highlights is the presentation of the museum’s Aspen Award for Art. Established in the gala’s inaugural year, the award recognizes an individual artist who has made exemplary contributions to the global dialogue on contemporary art through their artistic practice. The 2019 award will be presented to celebrated American artist Lisa Yuskavage, whose work will be the subject of a solo exhibition co-organized by Aspen Art Museum Nancy and Bob Magoon CEO and Director Heidi Zuckerman and Baltimore Museum of Art’s Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director Christopher Bedford. The exhibition—Wilderness— will debut in Aspen February 14–May 31, 2020, and travel to BMA in fall 2020 (dates TBC).
Announcing Yuskavage’s selection as 2019 Aspen Award for Art recipient, Zuckerman comments: “To present Lisa Yuskavage with both our annual Aspen Award for Art and have the opportunity to present her work at the museum this February is an honor and pleasure. Her paintings carry a magical resonance that transcends genre and timeliness, and are as prescient as they are seductive. We look forward to welcoming her to Aspen.”
The award will be presented during the dinner portion of the Friday, August 2 main ArtCrush event.There will be a free public talk between Yuskavage and Zuckerman at the AAM on Thursday, August 2 at 5 p.m., as part of the museum’s ongoing, year-round Questrom Lecture Series programs.Yuskavage (full artist bio below) joins past AAM Aspen Award for Art recipients Rashid Johnson (2018), Lawrence Weiner (2017), Gabriel Orozco (2016), Lorna Simpson (2015), Ernesto Neto (2014), Teresita Fernández (2013), Tom Sachs (2012), Roni Horn (2011), Marilyn Minter (2010), Fred Tomaselli (2009), Ed Ruscha (2008), Jim Hodges (2007), Tony Feher (2006), and Richard Tuttle (2005).
Three Days of ArtCrush
Each year, ArtCrush begins with the signature WineCrush evening event generously hosted by Amy and John Phelan at their Aspen home, which showcases the couple’s dynamic and important contemporary art collection (Wednesday, July 31). The intimate event includes a multicourse dinner catered by Caribou Club with wine pairings provided by Jay Fletcher and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits.
WineCrush is followed by the annual PreviewCrush cocktail reception (Thursday, August 1) at Aspen’s Baldwin Gallery—hosted by gallery owner Richard Edwards—and the companion event, PreviewExtra, at Aspen’s Casterline|Goodman Gallery. Both receptions offer guests unique opportunities to view a wide selection of the rare, singular, and sought-after artworks included in the event’s silent and live auctions.
For the fourth consecutive year, the ArtCrush main event (Friday, August 2) will be held at AAM community partner Aspen Skiing Company’s renowned Buttermilk ski area—the longstanding home for the annual ESPN Winter X Games. In addition to the presentation of the Aspen Award for Art to Lisa Yuskavage, the evening’s events include a seated dinner and the event’s renowned silent and live ArtCrush art auctions featuring works donated by some of the international contemporary art world’s most important gallerists and artists. For the eighth consecutive year, Oliver Barker, Sotheby’s Senior International Specialist, Contemporary Art and Chairman, Europe, will conduct the evening’s main-stage live auction. The dinner and auction event is followed by live entertainment and dancing at AfterPartyCrush at Belly Up Aspen, featuring the Bloom Twins.
The 2019 list of distinguished guests is scheduled to include: Rita and Jeffrey Adler, Sarah Arison and Thomas Wilhelm, Belinda Louise Diacui Badcock and Carlos Alves De Brito, Jill and Jay Bernstein, Nancy and Clint Carlson, Rebecca and Troy Carter, Rona and Jeffrey Citrin, Nancy and Steve Crown, Eleanore and Domenico De Sole, Marcy and Leo Edelstein, Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson, Richard Edwards, Marilyn and Larry Fields, Sherry and Joseph Felson, Barbara and Michael Gamson, Gabriela and Ramiro Garza, Lori and Bruce Gendelman, Kitzia and Richard Goodman, Jan and Ronald Greenberg, Sally and Steve Hansen, Holly Hunt, Chandra and Jimmie Johnson, Liz and Eric Lefkofsky, Erin Leider-Pariser and Paul Pariser, Toby Devan Lewis, Warren Lichtenstein, Karen and Courtney Lord, Nicola and Jeff Marcus, Susan and Larry Marx, Mona and Tony Mazza, Denise Monteleone and Jim Martin, Amy and John Phelan, Cecilia and Ernesto Poma, Carolyn Powers, Allen and Kelli Questrom, Katie and Amnon Rodan, Nancy and Richard Rogers, Michelle and Jason Rubell, Sabrina Leichter Rudin and Michael Rudin, Ali and Lew Sanders, June and Paul Schorr, Maria and Bill Smithburg, Gayle Stoffel, Wendi Sturgis, Sandra and Tony Tamer, Jamie Tisch, Sharon and Michael Young and Mary and Harold Zlot. Confirmed ArtCrush 2019 artist attendees include (subject to change): Marc Dennis, Nir Hod, Rodney McMillian, Oscar Murillo, Mickalene Thomas and Racquel Chevremont, Ken Solomon, Fred Tomaselli, and Nari Ward.
ArtCrush 2019 sponsors include (subject to change): J.P. Morgan, Sotheby’s, and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. Additional support: Artsy, Aspen Skiing Company, Baldwin Gallery, Belly Up Aspen, Bethel Party Rentals, Casterline | Goodman Gallery, Halcyon Productions, Jay’s Valet, Pink Monkey Solutions, Ship/Art Terry Dowd, and Zkipster. 2019 WineCrush and ArtCrush event design elements are once again overseen and implemented by the AAM’s longstanding design partners and consultants Chris Stone and David Fox of New York–based architectural and design firm Stonefox in consultation with the museum and ArtCrush Event Chair Amy Phelan. For more information about ArtCrush, visit: aspenartmuseum.org/artcrush
2019 AAM Aspen Award for Art Honoree Lisa Yuskavage
Lisa Yuskavage (b. Philadelphia, 1962) lives and works in New York. She received her BFA from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, (1984), and her MFA from the Yale University School of Art (1986).  For more than thirty years, Yuskavage’s approach to figurative painting has challenged conventional understandings of the genre as she has combined art historical, popular culture, and fantastical references through her rendering of simultaneously bold, eccentric, exhibitionist, and introspective characters that assume the dual roles of subject and object, complicating their reception and viewership. Yuskavage’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions in numerous institutions worldwide, including the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (2000); Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (2001); Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City (2006); The Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (organized as part of Dublin Contemporary 2011); and the Rose Art Museum, Waltham, Massachusetts (2015). Her works are held in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Long Museum, Shanghai; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Rubell Family Collection, Miami; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Seattle Art Museum; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others.
* The Whole Celebration
AAM Fifth Anniversary of the Opening of Shigeru Ban–Designed Building & Fortieth Anniversary as a Public Institution
Saturday, August 10, 2019, 5 PM–Sunday, August 11, 5 PM
August 2019 represents the fifth anniversary of the AAM’s opening of its landmark Shigeru Ban–designed building. In celebration of this momentous occasion—and, as a part of the year-long observation of the Aspen Art Museum’s forty-year anniversary as a public institution—the museum will present twenty-four hours of programming that echoes its opening debut weekend of 2014, and include a full spectrum of artist talks and performances, oral histories from founders and community members, a lecture by AAM-architect Shigeru Ban, workshops for all ages, a dance party, midnight film screening, sleepover, sunrise yoga, and more.
Gabriel Rico: The Discipline of the Cave
Galleries 2 & 3  |  March 9–June 16, 2019
Collecting fragments of contemporary existence, sculptor and installation artist Gabriel Rico recontextualizes familiar objects and materials in ways that convey the relationship between humans and the natural environment. Influenced by scientific approaches, geometry, and philosophy, Rico creates non-mathematical equations from objects that reflect our fundamental struggle to achieve balance. Rico’s AAM exhibition features new work that fuses the natural and kitsch in a response to the architecture of the museum’s ground floor galleries.
Etel Adnan: Each day is a whole world
Galleries 5 & 6  |  May 28–October 6, 2019
Each day is a whole world brings together eleven works by poet and artist Etel Adnan, who, through her use of large squares of abstract color and strong lines, creates small-format paintings and large-scale tapestries that address the enduring persistence of landscape on the human condition. In the seventies, Adnan (now a resident of Paris), moved just north of San Francisco, where she became so enamored by the nearby mountain, Mount Tamalpais, that it remains her central subject to this day. Spanning two galleries, the small collection of works in Each day is a whole world offers a poignant meditation on how the places we both occupy and encounter become the means through which we understand our place in the world.
Walter Price: We Passed Like Ships in the Night
Gallery 4  |  May 28–October 6, 2019
For We passed like ships in the night, New York–based artist Walter Price presents a selection of seven paintings created during his time as an artist-in-residence at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation on Captiva Island, Rauschenberg’s home for over thirty-five years. Embracing Captiva for the creation of new work, Price painted a series of intimately scaled works that blend abstraction and representation, offering viewers his ruminations on this specific place, as well as providing a poetic reminder of how we use symbols and memory to construct a sense of our collective cultural landscape.
Erika Verzutti: Venus Yogini
Crown Commons  |  June 7–October 6, 2019
Grounded in the everyday and deriving her sources from ordinary objects, Erika Verzutti creates unique, hybrid objects that playfully fuse the real and the fantastical. Her ambiguous sculptures take on anthropomorphic qualities through exploration of materials and the embrace of elements of chance and tactility. Verzutti’s Venus Yogini is a large-scale bronze Venus—an extension of her recent smaller sculptures incorporating organic forms—depicting the goddess of love, sex, beauty, and fertility.
Oscar Tuazon: Fire Worship
Roof Deck Sculpture Garden  |  June 7–December 1, 2019
Engaging ideas at the intersection of sculpture, architectural infrastructure, political activism, and public space, Oscar Tuazon applies industrial materials to construct large-scale, minimalist installations that address themes of community, ecology, and the built environment among other issues. For Fire Worship, the Los Angeles–based artist has created a temporary concrete fire pit that conflates the space of a stage with that of a fireplace. The piece serves various functions: as a gathering place for audiences to sit and interact—with each other as well as with the work itself—as a small monument, and as an outdoor heater in Aspen’s cooler months.
John Armleder
Gallery 1  |  July 4–October 27, 2019
Since the 1960s, Swiss artist John Armleder has been at the forefront of numerous key developments in postwar art. Often operating at the intersection of pattern, decoration, and kitsch, Armleder’s diverse body of work has consistently challenged the traditional demarcations between high and low art. His AAM exhibition will focus on two of the artist’s iconic painting series—his Pour Paintings and Puddle Paintings—in which Armleder utilizes process-based approaches that echo the works and techniques of such modern masters as Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis, and Larry Poons.
Rashid Johnson: The Hikers
Galleries 2 & 3  |  July 4–November 3, 2019
Renowned for challenging assumptions often present in collective notions of blackness, Rashid Johnson is among an influential, core group of American artists whose work employs a wide range of materials, media, and images to explore art history, literature, philosophy, and, ultimately, both personal and cultural identity. His summer 2019 AAM solo exhibition—presented in partnership with Museo Tamayo in Mexico City—will feature three new collage-based works alongside already existing works, as well as a new major commissioned installation with live performative and video elements, including Johnson's first choreographic work involving ballet and modern movement—a collaboration between the artist and renowned New York–based choreographer Claudia Schreier.
The Aspen Art Museum is a non-collecting institution presenting the newest, most important evolutions in international contemporary art. Our innovative and timely exhibitions, education and public programs, immersive activities, and community happenings actively engage audiences in thought-provoking experiences of art, culture, and society.
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4th of July Parade Waiver


PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  


  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.


The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).


                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.


                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.  Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.


   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this



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