If you haven’t popped into the Aspen Art Museum recently to check out their latest exhibits, Thursday is an ideal time to do it. Or if you have seen them already, it’s an outstanding opportunity to roam the museum and talk about the work with art lovers and museum folks.
The museum is hosting an opening reception on Thursday, June 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. for two mind-bending exhibitions that have been on display since May.
Upstairs you’ll find Simon Denny’s multimedia work in “Full Participation,” which uses a smattering of formats to explore the role of technology in culture. It includes photos, sculpture, prints and video — including some restored old GrassRoots Community TV programs. If you’re an Aspen old-timer, you may be able to spot some of your friends on the shows from 40 years back.
On the main floor, the museum is hosting “The Residue of Memory,” bringing together work centered on the often-elusive human grip on memories, through various formats. Contemplate the meaning of Post-It notes pinned to a rock, or the collision of juxtaposed news headlines, or faux historical plaques. It’s worth the stroll down to the museum alone to see Robert Misrach’s gripping post-Katrina photograph of the phrase “Destroy this Memory” graffiti-sprayed on a storm-swept home.
You won’t forget it.