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Skico partners with Jose Dávila on art installations

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Rendering courtesy of Jose Dávila and Aspen Skiing Co.
A rendering shows a hanging mobile sculpture by Jose Dávila that the artist will create for a collaboration with Aspen Snowmass this winter. Pieces by the artist will be on display at Elk Camp at Snowmass and at the newly renovated Buttermilk Mountain Lodge.

Aspen Snowmass is partnering with renowned artist Jose Dávila this ski season to showcase his work in the Elk Camp restaurant at Snowmass Ski Area and the newly renovated Buttermilk Mountain Lodge.

Dávila will create an original installation for the collaboration, according to Aspen Skiing Co, which operates Aspen Snowmass. A mural and hanging mobile sculpture are part of the plans, and the artist will come to Aspen to lead a lecture this winter.

The Mexican artist, who was trained as an architect, creates both sculptures and two-dimensional pieces.

Dávila’s work explores 20th-century, avant-garde art and architecture and “investigates how the modernist movement has been translated and reinvented,” Skico said in a news release..

His work references the Bauhaus movement and creatives such as Herbert Bayer, who shaped Aspen’s landscape with his work on the Aspen Institute campus and the original Sundeck building on Aspen Mountain.

The partnership is the latest in a history of collaboration between Aspen Snowmass and artists.

The Art in Unexpected Places program, which began as a partnership between Skico and the Aspen Art Museum in 2005, has also featured Takashi Murakami, Paola Pivi and FriendsWithYou.

Paula Crown, an artist who is part of the Crown family, which owns Skico, started the program in 2017.

The program also brings in artists to design the images that appear on lift tickets.

This year, contemporary American artist Rashid Johnson’s work will be featured on those Skico passes.

Johnson explores themes of race, class and identity in his works. Several of his recent pieces will be printed on lift tickets and on a limited collection of skis that will be available at the ASPENX store near the Silver Queen Gondola in Aspen.

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Kaya Williams is the Edlis Neeson Arts and Culture Reporter at Aspen Public Radio, covering the vibrant creative and cultural scene in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley. She studied journalism and history at Boston University, where she also worked for WBUR, WGBH, The Boston Globe and her beloved college newspaper, The Daily Free Press. Williams joins the team after a stint at The Aspen Times, where she reported on Snowmass Village, education, mental health, food, the ski industry, arts and culture and other general assignment stories.