At the height of Aspen’s winter holiday hustle, the Aspen Art Museum’s annual winter benefit, The Now, was a pinnacle event.
THE PARTY Attendees started on the museum’s top floor, in SO Cafe, with Champagne and caviar while bidding on a silent auction of elite wines. From there, they were ushered to the second-floor gallery, transformed by blue walls and an undulating fabric ceiling to feel more like a celestial scape than a museum space. Live auction items included tickets to the 2018 Emmys and commissioned album covers by Ken Solomon; the evening raised funds to support the AAM’s award-winning educational and curatorial programming. THE PEOPLE Tom Ford, Gov. John Hickenlooper, event chair Kitzia Goodman and husband Richard, Erin Leider-Pariser and Paul Pariser, Lance Armstrong THE HIGHLIGHTS Chart-topping electronic act Odesza sold out two nights of Red Rock Amphitheatre in 2017, playing to more than 8,000 people each night, yet just 200 attendees to The Now were treated to an intimate show on the museum’s top floor after dinner.