Aspen Art Museum presents The Great Debate: Is there such a thing as bad art?

Sep 28, 2017

Credit Graphic: Aspen Art Museum

On Thursday, the Aspen Art Museum will host The Great Debate, a forum where presenters will confront one of the most fundamental questions of contemporary art.


Is there such a thing as bad art? That’s the question a panel of guest speakers have been preparing their statements for and against. And they’re ready to be held accountable for what they have to say.

Michelle Dezember is the learning director at the Aspen Art Museum. She said The Great Debate has been designed to elevate and engage community conversations revolving around art.


“We wanted to, kind of, push ourselves to get a little uncomfortable and to ask some of the hard questions, not only to ourselves but to listen to what our community has to say about them,” said Dezember.


Artist Lissa Ballinger and Colorado Mountain College’s Robert Martin will argue for the proposition, while artist Teresa Booth Brown and Adam Lerner, director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, will make cases against it.


Each presenter has five minutes. Then, moderator Carolyn Sackariason will open up the floor to the public. The Great Debate starts at 5 p.m. on the third floor of the Aspen Art Museum.