Harvard Club Art Adventures: Trip to Aspen Art Fair


All Harvard Alumni with friends and family are welcome.

Special welcome to members of the Harvard Clubs of  Austin, Houston, Rocky Mountains, and San Antonio.

The Harvard Club of Dallas is thrilled to offer our first club adventure trip since pre-pandemic: An Art Adventure for all Harvard Alumni and framily/friends to the Aspen Art Fair! We know that Colorado hosts many of our alumni during the summer, and we’ve designed this trip to allow an easy overnight for folks in the region. Please note that lodging is not included in order to provide everyone flexibility in where they choose to stay.

From July 29th- August 2nd, the Aspen Art Fair will be presented in partnership with 74tharts in the historic Hotel Jerome. It will kick off Aspen Art Week and feature between 30 and 40 dealers in addition to Aspen’s world-class cultural institutions, stretching across the Hotel Jerome. It will include traditional art fair booths, hotel room installations, and unexpected art activations across the property. Additionally, there will be exclusive home tours, expert talks, partnerships with local non-profits, cocktail receptions, dinner opportunities, and guided hikes to take advantage of Aspen’s natural beauty.

Dallas-based John Sughrue(Harvard AB ‘82), founder of real estate development and investment company Brook Partners, is a co-founder and producer of the internationally recognized Dallas Arts Fair. John’s exceptional tours for the Harvard Club of Dallas at the Dallas Arts Fair are one of the club’s most popular events each year since the founding of the Fair 16 years ago. 

Josh Baer is the go-to art business mastermind spearheading panel discussions globally; a world-class art advisor, he has a weekly arts news update and a new collectors circle.

Baer will be joined by novelist, commentator, Al Gore’s speechwriter, and teacher, Robert A Lehrman. Lehrman is an avid collector in his own right working closely with Josh. 

Rounding out Wednesday’s panel, is Gael Neeson, wife of Stefan Edlis, monumental collectors of Pop Art who have donated to Museums and Institutions around the world. Neeson and Edlis donated a $2 million gift to the Aspen Institute, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue. This donation helped fund the renovation of the Paepcke Memorial Building on the institute’s campus in Aspen, Colorado. 

For Thursday, we are pleased to invite you to the August 1st Lunchtime series at Anderson Ranch Art Center — a magical place for art making, discourse and critical dialogue in neighboring Snowmass. The Anderson Ranch is one of our local partners for The Aspen Art Fair.  The Ranch was founded in 1966, and was the vision of prominent American raku ceramist Paul Soldner. The vision was to create something entirely different than what could be taught in college, with small class sizes, 24/7 studio availability, and a strong connection to nature and the local environment. 

On August 1st, you will have the great pleasure of hearing Derek Fordjour in conversation with Sophia Cohen at the Ranch. Fordjour is a New York based interdisciplinary artist of Ghanian descent who is shown by Petzel Gallery and has works in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Guggenheim, LACMA, PAMM, Dallas Museum of Art and countless other institutional collections. He will be in conversation with advisor and Co-Chair of the Guggenheim Young Collectors Council and the Milken Institute’s Young Leaders Circle, Sophia Cohen.

Date:  July 31-August 1, 2024
Wednesday, July 31
1:00 -3:00 pm Tour of the Aspen Art Fair with John Sughrue

             3:30 - 5:00 pm Tour of Aspen Art Museum

             5:30 - 7:00 pm: Panel discussion with Robert Lehrman and Gael Neeson, facilitated by Josh Baer 

             8:00 pm: Dinner at Prospect, Jerome (Dutch Treat)

Thursday, August 1

             9:00 am Collection tour at the Aspen home of a private collector (information will be provided to attendees)

            11:30 am Anderson Ranch Lunch Series with speakers Derek Fordjour and Sophia Cohen

Cost:  $200 per person (does not include personal travel or lodging)
Questions: rebecca_posten@yahoo.com