Respond to Win Christo Tickets!

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.

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5 comments

  1. Merritt Frey

    Hmmmmmm, hard to pick a favorite so I’ll go with sentimentality and choose The Umbrellas. I just have a thing for umbrellas I guess…and I liked the idea of a work that straddled the two countries.

  2. Jeff McGee

    I have never seen any of his works in person. And I probably miss what he is trying to express. Also like many of my generation my first having heard of Christo was on an episode of the Simpsons. But with that said. My first reaction to hearing of and seeing pictures of his works is an appreciation of how you can make this world magical. Particularly “the Umbrellas” and “Running Fence”.

  3. I like the Gates that was installed in winter of 2005 at the Central Park in N.Y.C. At first, I didn’t like but then I started to like the Deep orange hue colors of the material. It was a contrast to dark browns and white of winter in the park. The drapes were up high enough that you walk under without being hindered. It kind reminds me of the Japanese ancient shrine gates, but these gate does not ancient. It is minimal as an art form. One blogger thought that she didn’t like it but then when looking from a window in a tall building she could see that way the path in the park is like a snake. Having them up for two weeks was interesting it may prompt people to consider adding beauty to earth instead of just working, driving, and taking from it’s resources.

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