Instant Essay: Heidi Zuckerman

Q&A | Aug 2016 | BY Cultured Magazine

Since 2005, Heidi Zuckerman has served as the Nancy and Bob Magoon CEO and Director of the Aspen Art Museum. During her tenure she has curated over 70 exhibitions and worked with artists including Gabriel Orozco, Lynda Benglis, Liz Larner, Ryan Gander, Chris Ofili, Rodney McMillian, and Lorna Simpson, among others. This week, Zuckerman plays host as the head ambassador for the museum’s annual fundraiser ArtCrush. To get to know Zuckerman better, we asked the curator to share some personal photographs. Here are her answers.

What is the view out of your favorite window? I love the view of Aspen Mountain out of the retractable glass doors on the roof-deck of the Aspen Art Museum. Last weekend, I had the immense honor of meditating with the Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling monastery in the presence of Lynda Benglis’s fabulous Pink Lady fountain sculptures.

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Where’s your favorite place to sit? On Mondays when the Aspen Art Museum is closed, I sit here on the steps of our Grand Staircase and answer emails. I can usually stay undetected by our team long enough to get my inbox emptied.
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What’s your favorite photo you’ve taken in the last year? In April, I was in Italy for what turned out to be a life-changing trip. One of the many highlights was my first visit to Castello di Rivoli and seeing Maurizio Cattelan’s work installed in such a splendid room.
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What do your hands look like? I love to buy jewelry in museum stores, and here I am seen in what I wear most days—a gold bandage ring by artist Michelle Lopez and a love ring by artist Kara Hamilton, both purchased from the AAM Shop.
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Where do you find inspiration? I find inspiration in art and in nature. This wildflower field is just over the West Maroon pass on the hike from Aspen to Crested Butte. I did the hike earlier this month and the nature we experienced there was glorious and expansive—like life. It is also a perfect example of the landscape that illuminates how I convinced artist Gabriel Orozco to show his recently created green “landscape” paintings here in Aspen.
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