Gibbes Museum of Art Welcomes Christo

For over forty years, Christo and Jeanne-Claude have collaborated throughout the world on large-scale art projects using fabric in both urban and rural environments. On Tuesday, April 13, Christo will discuss their past and future temporary works of art in a slide presentation and dialogue scheduled for 5:30pm at Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain Street. Christo will share images and stories of their famed art projects and will welcome questions from the audience. A book signing will follow the dialogue.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s large-scale temporary works of art include the wrapping of the Reichstag in Berlin and the Pont-Neuf bridge in Paris, the 24 ½ -mile-long Running Fence in Sonoma and Marin Counties in California, and The Gates in New York City’s Central Park. Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s projects require years of planning. The considerable activity which precedes the installation of a piece is as much a part of the work as the actual installation. Zoning board hearings, public forums, parliamentary debates, legal negotiations, preparatory drawings and collages are often all part of the process. One of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s works in progress titled Over The River, is a two-week temporary work of art in which 5.9 miles of silvery, luminous fabric panels will be suspended high above the Arkansas River along a 40-mile stretch of the river between Salida and Cañon City in south-central Colorado.

Two mixed-media works by Christo will be part of the upcoming Gibbes exhibition Modern Masters from the Ferguson Collection running from April 30 – May 22, 2010. “We are honored to be bringing Christo to Charleston. Rarely has Charleston received a visit from an artist of such international stature. The celebration continues with the opening of Modern Masters, which includes works by the artist,” said Gibbes Executive Director Angela Mack.

Tickets and Books
Tickets for the April 13 Presentation and Dialogue at Memminger Auditorium are $25 for museum members, $35 for non-members, and $15 for students (with valid ID). Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Gibbes Museum Store, by calling 843-722-2706 x 22, or online through April 6 at The event will begin promptly at 5:30pm with doors opening at 4:30pm. Tickets are general admission.

The Gibbes Museum Store offers several different books for sale including the hardcover complete retrospective of the works of Christo and Jeanne-Claude published by Skira, in conjunction with Museo d\’Arte Morderna of Lugano, Switzerland for $65.00 (including tax). The books will be available at the Gibbes Museum Store, on the Gibbes Museum website, and a limited quantity will also be offered for sale at the Memminger event.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905.

Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works of fine art, principally American works with a Charleston or Southern connection and presents special exhibitions annually. In addition, the museum offers an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives.

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