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In Aspen, Colorado the week between Christmas and New Years is unlike anywhere else in the world. Families and friends converge for the holidays, the slopes are perfectly groomed, and the bubbly is carefully prepared for apres-ski consumption. However, in addition to holiday parties, club openings, and leisurely dining, philanthropy is top of mind, and locally there is no event more prevalent than the Aspen Art Museum’s annual “The NOW” winter fundraiser.

Having started more than a decade ago taking place venues all over town, this is the first time the gala has been held at Aspen’s downtown home in the museums meticulously appointed gallery spaces.

Photo by Seth Beckton.

Photo by Seth Beckton.


Monday, December 28th, 200 Aspen locals, part-timers, and visitors arrived at the 2014 Pritzker Prize–winning laureate Shigeru Ban designed space, quadrupling attendance of years past and raising more than $700,000 for the museum’s programming and education initiatives.  Throughout the evening guests enjoyed rare wines, caviar, live and silent auctions and culminated in an extremely intimate roof-deck performance by international synth/pop sensation, GRIMES.

Dinner commenced with a toast by Colorado Governor John W. Hickenlooper, who congratulated museum CEO and Director Heidi Zuckerman for the tenacity needed to get the museum built.

Sotheby’s auctioneer Andrea Fiuczynski conducted the seven-lot Live Auction. Items included an exclusive private jet art trip to The Broad Museum in Los Angeles, a chawan and personal tea ceremony by artist Tom Sachs, and a commissioned artwork by Mickalene Thomas, the museum’s 2015–16 Artist in Residence, whose exhibition Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities is on view March 11–June 12, 2016.

Looking toward the summer, Artcrush is the second of the AAM’s two major fundraisers taking place on August 5, 2015 with tickets going on sale to the general public on June 1.

UPCOMING AT THE AAM IN 2016 (subject to change): Liz Larner, February 26–June 5, 2016; Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities, March 11–June 12, 2016; Judith Scott: Bound and Unbound, March 11–July 10, 2016; Alan Shields, June 24–October 2, 2016; Gabriel Orozco, July 29–December 25, 2016.

*Admission to the AAM is always free.



This article originally appeared in Town & Country.