@gb experiencing the new Aspen Art Musuem was intriguing and impressive - to say the least. There's quite a bit of local controversy surrounding the selection of Shigeru Ban and the building itself. The tortoise/iPad installation by Cai Guo-Qiang called "Moving Ghost Town" is a whole other story. It all made for interesting conversation at the opening.
Most to all of the locals have very strong opinions for or against the architect and similarly towards the building itself. Not mention the privately funded $75M endowment raised to make it happen (something that would be hard to achieve outside of Aspen).
Given what I've gathered of Ban's architectural philosophy, particularly his approach to materials and construction, the building does seem like an exercise in contradiction. Parts of it could even be considered decorative. With that being said, it's a particularly large volume for downtown Aspen and contextually - it not only blends in amongst all of the historic red brick buildings nicely, but almost feels appropriate. Particularly, when being viewed from above (up on Red Mountain). In and of itself this feels like a major feat.
The opening exhibition was mediocre at best. But, I think this was more a case of the curation than the works themselves.
Nevertheless, we now have what I believe will become another highly esteemed museum in Colorado. And that's a big win all of us.