Thu July 9, 2009
Christo and Jeanne-Claude and "The Gates" at Philbrook.
By Rich Fisher
Tulsa, Oklahoma – On our show today, we have an interesting discussion with the internationally renowned husband-and-wife team of environmental artists, Christo and Jeanne-Claude. They first met in the late 1950s, and have collaborated on several famous works over the years, including the wrapping of the Reichstag in Berlin and the Pont-Neuf Bridge in Paris. In early 2005, their decades-in-the-making project "The Gates" was on view in New York's Central Park --- a gorgeous, maze-like, widely appreciated installation that utilized more than 7,500 steel-and-fabric, saffron-colored gateways. A documentary film about "The Gates" (which carries the same title) was recently released, and the artists themselves will be in Tulsa to attend a special screening of this film, which will also feature a subsequent Q&A, at the Philbrook Museum of Art on July 11th. (Tickets for the museum's main theater, where this film will be shown, have already sold out, but there are still tickets available for an "overflow room" --- for more details, call 592-FILM.) The film "The Gates" will then play at the Circle Cinema for several days after the event at Philbrook. (Also, you can see many examples of the works created by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, as well as plans and sketches for future projects, at christojeanneclaude.net.)