Lift Ticket Timeline

When AAM Director and Chief Curator Heidi Zuckerman first arrived in Aspen with a fresh outlook on the possibilities inherent here; she noticed the square white paper lift tickets dangling off ski jackets all around town. To Heidi, these lift tickets—utilitarian two-by-three inch cards—were an opportunity, blank canvases on which art could be presented. She approached Aspen Skiing Company with an idea for a collaborative endeavor: to invite contemporary artists to participate directly in the cultural life of the valley by creating new works for display on the lift tickets. Ever since, skiers and snowboarders on Aspen’s four mountains have worn ski passes displaying unique, contemporary, wearable art. ASC and AAM have collaborated to produce ski passes with artworks by such renowned contemporary artists as Yutaka Sone, Peter Doig, Karen Kilimnik, Jim Hodges, Carla Klein, Mamma Andersson, and Mark Grotjahn.

2018 - 2019

Hank Willis Thomas

The six featured lift ticket designs are derived from Thomas’ series titledFair Warning, which features text-based works from 1960-80 cigarette advertisements. By isolating these texts from the original advertisements, Thomas creates a dialogue around oftentimes gendered advertising ideals, including sexuality, style, and power. Fair Warningreveals the hyper glamorized personas which target the consumer and highlight the way in which language can influence lifestyle.

Thomas recontextualizes the same text that was once used to try to sell the idea of polluting our air and our lungs, which now become words of encouragement as skiers conquer the mountain at high altitude. These slogans remind us that in this atmosphere, the oxygen that is available is vital and only our continued protection of the environment can make it possible.
Lift ticket artwork by Hank Willis Thomas
Lift ticket artwork by Hank Willis Thomas

Lift ticket artwork by Hank Willis Thomas
Lift ticket artwork by Hank Willis Thomas

Lift ticket artwork by Hank Willis Thomas
Lift ticket artwork by Hank Willis Thomas

Lift ticket artwork by Hank Willis Thomas
Lift ticket artwork by Hank Willis Thomas

Lift Ticket Art by Hank Willis Thomas
Lift ticket artwork by Hank Willis Thomas

Lift ticket artwork by Hank Willis Thomas
Lift ticket artwork by Hank Willis Thomas

2017-18

Paula Crown

Paul Crown's five lift-ticket designs give a curated view into Crown’s sprawling sculptural installation, SOLO TOGETHER. Using the form of the crushed red Solo cup in the form of 150 unique hand-painted plaster sculptures, the work unpacks the symbol of all-American fun. The ubiquitous, single-use plastic cup offers an opportunity to contemplate a number of complex ideas including environmental awareness, the singular experience of togetherness, FOMO, and a consumer culture defined by abundance and optimism.

In their full form, SOLO TOGETHER’s cups stand in the absence of a party, each sculpture titled with the personality that may have created it. With titles like “Failing Out” and “Keeping Up Appearances,” a taxonomy of characters is assigned to the forms. The imagined internal and social energy is stored in the facsimile of crushed plastic. Crown points to the transference of energy that takes place as we record our presence in everything we touch. Looking toward a new generation defined by climate change, SOLO TOGETHER takes the leftover traces we make in plastic and makes them uncannily heavy underneath the bright and cheerful red coating.
Paula Crown Aspen Snowmass lift ticket art 2017-18

Paula Crown Aspen Snowmass lift ticket art 2017-18

Paula Crown Aspen Snowmass lift ticket art 2017-18

Paula Crown Aspen Snowmass lift ticket art 2017-18

Paula Crown Aspen Snowmass lift ticket art 2017-18

2016-2017

Laura Owens

The Aspen Art Museum and Aspen Skiing Company continue their longstanding lift pass collaboration for the 2016-2017 ski season setting Aspen apart as a unique cultural/recreational destination. In celebration of this groundbreaking partnership, the latest edition features the artwork of renowned contemporary artist Laura Owens, with 11 unique, standalone images for the 2016-2017 ski season lift ticket commission. Born in Ohio in 1970, Owens is recognized for her distinctive abstract and almost historical style—in this series using flat stylistic characterstics of Pop Art while simultaneously incorporating a vintage still life, reminding us of the power of art to pose questions and challenge assumptions.

2015-2016 

Murakami

2014-2015

Anne Collier

2013-2014

Mark Bradford

2012-2013

David Shrigley

2011-2012

Mark Grotjahn

2010-2011

Mamma Andersson

2009-2010

Carla Klein

2008-2009

Jim Hodges

2007-2008

Karen Kilimnik

2006-2007

Peter Doig

2005-2006

Yutaka Sone