The Aspen Art Museum will be closed until January 7, 2022 (Aspen Art Museum / Courtesy photo)

The Aspen Art Museum closed to the public on Wednesday and will remain closed until January 7.

The closure notice was posted on the museum’s website on Tuesday evening, followed by an announcement made to museum members by director Nicola Lees on Wednesday morning.

“As we continue to monitor the continued impact of COVID-19 and the increase in cases in the Roaring Fork Valley, we have made the difficult decision to close the Aspen Art Museum to the public,” wrote Lees.

The closure comes during what was to be a culmination of public engagement with “Andy Warhol: Lifetimes,” a museum-wide investigation of the pop artist. A benefit evening celebrating the exhibition was scheduled for Wednesday evening. Its cancellation and the facility’s closure follow last week’s cancellation of public workshops, tours, and family-friendly artistic creation experiences at the museum.

At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the museum closed from March to July 1, 2020, when it reopened with new health and safety protocols in place. The museum then closed for six weeks this fall during the installation of the Warhol show and a reconfiguration of its reception area and Rooftop Café, which will reopen on December 3. “Andy Warhol: Lifetimes” is scheduled to run through March 27.

A new sign hangs on the front door of the Aspen Art Museum on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, indicating that the museum has been temporarily closed to the public.
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