Harrell Fletcher

OLD-FASHIONED FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION AND PARADE

 

EXHIBITION: JULY 4, 2009

 

Location: Main Street and the AAM grounds

 

For the past four summers, the Aspen Art Museum has worked with some of the most engaging contemporary artists of our time to produce the AAM float for Aspen’s

Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration and Parade. Our 2009 Fourth of July float will be made by Portland, Oregon-based artist Harrell Fletcher. Fletcher’s socially-based practice often specifically engages a local person or community wherever he is working. With straightforward gestures that are marked by generosity and refined simplicity, Fletcher’s
practice is largely collaborative. In 2002, he began a participatory, web-based project called Learning to Love You More with artist and filmmaker Miranda July. Fletcher and July created “Assignments”—like Write Your Life Story in Less Than A Day, Take A Picture Under Your Bed, or Describe Your Ideal Government—for anyone to respond to with “Reports,” which are then archived on the site. To date, over seventy assignments
have led to reports from more than 8,000 people.


For Aspen’s Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Parade, Fletcher will playfully engage with the notion of the parade itself and our expectations of the function and purpose of floats. Fletcher’s float will be entirely bicyclepowered, and will be based on a posting or service advertisement found on a local bulletin board. Fletcher’s float will turn this humble advertisement into a mobile, monumental tribute to a local person not typically celebrated in a parade but who nevertheless contributes intimately to the vibrancy of our community.
Following the parade, the AAM will host its traditional community picnic on the museum grounds with art activities for the kids, free BBQ by Aspen’s Hickory House, and beer provided by Flying Dog Brewery.

Presentation of Harrell Fletcher’s Old-Fashioned Fourth of July float is organized by the Aspen Art Museum with underwriting support provided by Danner and Arno Schefler.