If you had to come up with a name for a 24-hour party that honors four decades of an institution and features programs and live music, “The Whole Celebration” is a solid choice.
This is what’s happening at the Aspen Art Museum this weekend. The goal of The Whole Celebration is to honor “the integral power of art to reveal the wholeness of existence,” according to AAM.
The event celebrates the museum’s 40 years as an institution, five years in its current building and 15 years of its annual ArtCrush fundraiser.
Beginning at 5 p.m Saturday, the museum will host a free program every hour or so, finishing off with a performance by the Denver-based band Whitacre at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Whitacre played recently in Snowmass as part of the town’s free summer concert series, marking their first show in the Roaring Fork Valley, said Mark Cunningham, the band’s drummer.
Someone in the crowd must have liked what they heard, Cunningham said, because the Art Museum reached out after and asked them to play as part of the Whole Celebration.
Whitacre formed about two years ago and released their first EP, ‘Within The Mountains’ Shadows,’ last October. Consisting of three core members and other guest artists, the band sees itself as blurring the lines of folk, indie rock and bluegrass music.
“We’re pretty good about reinventing ourselves each show,” said Cunningham. “It’s a slightly different style, but still true to our sound.”
While they probably won’t get to spend too much time in Aspen, Cunningham said, they thought the area was beautiful and are excited to be a part of the event.
Below is a rundown of 24-hour The Whole Celebration:
- 5-6 p.m.: Architecture Lecture: Shigeru Ban
- 6-7:30 p.m.: Press Play
- 7-9 p.m.: Art and Astrology Self-Guided Tour
- 9-11 p.m.: Dance Party with DJ April Hunt
- 11-11:30 p.m.: Scents for each day is a whole world by Etel Adnan
- 11:30 p.m.-12 a.m.: Susan Philipsz’s
- “From the Beginning” (2007)
- 12-2 a.m.: Midnight Movies at the Museum (In partnership with Aspen Film) –
- “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” (1989)
- 12-7 a.m.: Sleepover
- 2-7 a.m.: Bill Viola, “The Night Journey”
- 7-8:30 a.m.: Sunrise Yoga
- (Taught by Aaron King)
- 9 a.m.:-5 p.m.: Temporary Tattoo station
- 10 a.m.-12 p.m.: Community Brunch
- 12-1 p.m.: Artist Talk: Richard Tuttle
- 1-2 p.m.: Fireside Oral Histories
- 2-4 p.m.: Family Workshop – Theme:
- Paint Puddles
- 4-5 p.m.: Whitacre Performance
For more information, visit aspenartmuseum.org.