Skico partners with Jose Dávila for art installations

Aspen Snowmass is partnering with renowned artist Jose Dávila this ski season to showcase his work at Snowmass Ski Area’s Elk Camp Restaurant 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 a mobile hanging sculpture are part of the plans, and the artist will come to Aspen to give a talk this winter.

The Mexican artist is trained as an architect and he creates both sculptures and two-dimensional pieces.

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

His work references the Bauhaus movement and creators like Herbert Bayer, who shaped the landscape of Aspen with his work on the Aspen Institute campus and the original Sundeck building on Aspen Mountain.

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

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

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

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

This year, the work of contemporary American artist Rashid Johnson will be featured on these Skico packages.

Johnson explores themes of race, class, and identity in her works. Many 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.

Christopher S. Washington