Artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude are renowned for their large-scale environmental installations that the two put together throughout the world. In 1976, for example, the duo created a visually impressive art piece known as “Running Fence,” which featured a 24.5-mile nylon curtain, as seen below. To celebrate these artists and their memorable works, The Hyde Collection will feature an exhibition titled “Christo & Jeanne-Claude: The Tom Golden Collection” from May 15 to June 26.
Photo courtesy of Hyde Collection: ‘Christo, American (b. Bulgaria), 1935 – ; Jeanne-Claude, American (b. Morocco), 1935-2009, Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972-1976, photograph by Jeanne-Claude of the installation (paper, plastic, metal), 16 1/2 x 20 1/2 in., The Tom Golden Collection, Museums of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa, California, 2001.51.104c’
For over 40 years, Christo and Jeanne-Claude were partners in life and work. They made more than 20 monumental large-scale installations throughout their career; the two even set up 7,503 orange vinyl gates on 23 miles of walkways in New York’s Central Park back in 2005. Although Jeanne-Claude passed away in 2009, Christo plans to open “The Floating Piers,” a project the duo conceived together, in Italy’s Lake Iseo this summer.
Tom Golden, producer of the artists’ large-scale works, donated this collection in 2001 to the Museums of Sonoma County. The exhibition provides a behind-the-scenes look at Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s worldwide environmental installations.
In total, the collection includes 123 original drawings, sculptures, collages, and photographs that highlight the development of their projects from an idea to reality. Due to the short life-span of these public projects, this exhibition captures the essence of them, so it is your best chance to learn about their history.
The Tom Golden Collection, one of the largest collections of art by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, was started in 1974. Before the exhibition opens to the public on May 15, the Hyde will host a members’ opening on May 14 at 2:00pm, which is free for Hyde members and $20 for non-members. Throughout the exhibition’s time at the Hyde, the museum will show films on Christo and Jeanne-Claude and their projects, including Running Fence (1977), an Academy Award-nominated documentary.
Additionally, during the members’ opening, the Hyde will host a lecture by professor and Christo expert Jonathan Fineberg, titled “The Nature Theater of Christo and Jeanne-Claude,” at 3:00pm, in the Helen Froehlich Auditorium. Admission is $8 for Hyde members and $10 for non-members.
The Hyde Collection is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00am-5:00pm, and Sunday, from 12:00pm-5:00pm. Member admission is free, general admission is $15, and children 12 & under are free.
If you want to experience an insider’s look at these worldwide art pieces, stop by the Hyde May 15 to June 26!
- Christo and Jeanne-Claude – Life and Work
- Hyde Collection – Christo & Jeanne-Claude: The Tom Golden Collection