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Charleston’s Gibbes Museum of Art To Welcome World-Renowned Artist Christo
Two mixed-media works by Christo will be part of the upcoming Gibbes Museum of Art Exhibition Modern Masters from the Ferguson Collection running April 30–May 22.
“We are honored to be bringing Christo to Charleston,” said Gibbes Executive Director Angela Mack. “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.”
For more than 40 years, Christo and Jeanne-Claude have collaborated throughout the world on large-scale art projects using fabric in both urban and rural environments. Christo will discuss their past and future temporary works of art in a slide presentation and dialogue Tuesday, April 13 at 5:30 p.m. at Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain Street, Charleston. 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.
Hotel Package at Charleston Place Hotel
For those traveling to Charleston for this event, Charleston Place Hotel (pictured above) is offering a Christo Event Package which includes accommodations, tickets for the Christo Presentation and Dialogue, dinner for two at the Charleston Grill, lunch for two in the Palmetto Café, guided walking tour of the French Quarter Galleries, two passes to the Gibbes and more. Rates are from $370 per room, per night and the package is valid from April 10th-April 15th, 2010. For reservations visit www.charlestonplace.com or call 888-635-2350.
About the Artists
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 Can?on City in south-central Colorado.
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 www.gibbesmuseum.org/events. The event will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. with doors opening at 4:30 p.m. 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 (including tax). The books are currently available at the Gibbes Museum Store and a limited quantity will also be offered for sale at the Memminger event.
About Gibbes Museum of Art
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, principally American with a Charleston or Southern connection, and presents special exhibitions throughout the year. In addition, the museum offers an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives that serve the community by stimulating creative expression and improving the region’s superb quality of life.
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