Don’t miss your chance to win tickets to a lecture by acclaimed environmental artist Christo! The first six people to comment on this blog post and tell us their favorite Christo artwork (and why) will receive a pair of tickets to the sold-out lecture, entitled “Christo and Jeanne-Claude, two works in progress: Over the River, Project for the Arkansas River, Colorado and The Mastaba, Project for the United Arab Emirates.” All respondents must include their name and an email address or contact phone number. The presentation is taking place TONIGHT, April 19 at 7 pm at Kingsbury Hall.
Christo and his late wife Jeanne-Claude collaborated and created monumental environmental works of art for over 40 years. Believing that people should have intense and memorable experiences of art outside the institution of the museum, Christo and Jeanne-Claude have typically created temporary works of art — usually lasting two weeks — on a vast scale. Borrowing land, structures, and spaces used and/or built by the public, they momentarily intervene in the local population’s daily rhythm in order to create “gentle disturbances” intended to refocus citizens’ impressions. Some of their most famous pieces include The Umbrellas, Japan – USA, 1984-91; Wrapped Coast, Little Bay, Sydney, Australia, 1969; and The Gates, Central Park, New York, City, 1979-2005.
Christo’s visit to the University of Utah was the result of collaboration between the College of Fine Arts’ Department of Art & Art History, Kingsbury Hall, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and is supported by the Utah Division of Arts and Museums. During his short time in Salt Lake City, Christo will be spending time with students of the University of Utah College of Fine Arts and College of Architecture + Planning.