Stories We Tell Ourselves is an exhibition that unfolds over time, as sequential chapters that explore the relationship of art and language. Presented in various locations throughout the museum, the show reflects on a distinguished history of artists who have used language as a medium—dissecting letters, words, and texts and displaying them as objects. An exhibition that, like a novel, travels across time and space, Stories We Tell Ourselves brings to light narratives shaped by literature, history, and current events, highlighting the role that storytelling plays within our sense of place.
Exploring the emergence of spirit photography as a cultural and historical phenomenon, the Aspen Art Museum’s exhibition examines the photograph’s relationship to documentary and the pursuit of truth. Consisting of images produced between the 1830s and the late 1970s, Spirit Photography focuses on photographs of the occult and paranormal, presenting a survey of images that are both eerie in their believability and reveal early methods of photographic trickery.
The first solo museum survey in the US of artist Chris Ofili encompasses five galleries over three levels of the Aspen Art Museum, showcasing his vibrant paintings, drawings, and a selection of sculptures. Organized by Massimiliano Gioni, Gary Carrion-Murayari, and Margot Norton at the New Museum, New York, the exhibition spans Ofili’s influential career from 1992 to the present. Juxtaposing figuration and abstraction, as well as the sacred and the profane, Ofili’s work examines the power of images and their ability to address fundamental questions of representation.