Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Exhibitions: Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Remembering the Running Fence / American Art

Exhibitions: Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Remembering the <i>Running Fence</i> / American Art
A curtain of glowing white nylon that winds across the brown earth until it disappears where the land meets the blue sky - this is what images of Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972-76, an installation artwork created by Christo and Jeanne-Claude depict. Running Fence, stretched 24 1/2 miles through Sonoma and Marin counties in California to end in the Pacific Ocean, was the project of two people, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, for 2 weeks in September 1976. The work had far reaching effects on many people, and has lived on in both memory and documentation. In 2008, the Smithsonian American Art Museum acquired the archives of Running Fence, and "Remembering the Running Fence" presents more than 350 objects selected from the archive. On the website, visitors can view a slideshow with comments where California residents talk about their experience with the fence; read a blog interview with Christo; and peruse hundreds of maps, photographs, and documents including the Environmental Impact Report, which is the first ever created for a work of art. >From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2010.
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