Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Tom Golden Collection
October 24, 2015 – January 17, 2016
UPCOMING EXHIBIT FREE DAY: Tuesday, January 12
Free admission during Night on the Town on Fridays, December 11, and January 8 from 6 – 9 pm
This exhibition, presenting one of the largest collections of art by Christo and Jeanne-Claude in the United States, was started by Tom Golden in the summer of 1974. Golden’s personal and professional relationship with the artists began during the 1974 public hearings for Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s project Running Fence. Golden continued to manage and assist with several of the artists’ large-scale projects such as The Umbrellas and Over the River. Drawings and collages of the large-scale public works, sold to fund the actual installations, are an important component of this collection. This collection includes original drawings, sculptures, collages, and photographs capturing the versatility, longevity, and international scope of the duo’s extensive career.
As partners for more than 40 years, Christo and Jeanne-Claude have created lasting environmental installation art throughout the world. Their works include the wrapping of the Reichstag in Berlin and the Pont Neuf Bridge in Paris, the 24-mile long curtain titled Running Fence in California, and The Gates in New York City’s Central Park. Because their large-scale public projects are temporary, these preliminary artworks remain as evidence of these installations.
This collection represents not only the special relationship between an artist and a collector, but also the collaborative effort between the artists and the many people involved in producing the works.
This exhibition was organized by the Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, CA; Exhibition Tour Management by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA.
IMAGES (L – R):
The Pont Neuf, Wrapped,Project For Paris, 1979. Collage with pencil, enamel paint, photograph by Wolfgang Volz, crayon and charcoal. 11 x 14 inches
The Umbrellas, Joint Project for Japan and USA, 1991. Collage, with pencil, enamel paint, photograph by Wolfgang Volz, crayon and charcoal. 14 x 22 inches
Over the River, Project for the Arkansas River (over), 1993. Collage with pencil, enamel paint, photograph by Wolfgang Volz, with charcoal, tape, and map. 14 x 10 ¾ inches
Upcoming Exhibit Programming
Strings in the Gallery
Friday, December 11, 6 – 8 pm
Enjoy intimate performances by members of the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra while taking in the art exhibition featured in the Main Gallery. This event is held in conjunction with Night on the Town and includes free admission to the Main Gallery. Presented by the Erion Foundation in partnership with the Loveland Museum/Gallery
Lecture with Dave Yust
Thursday, January 14, 5:30 – 7 pm
A sharing of highlights from Yust’s surreal, delightful, and unforgettable experience of photo-documenting the installation and ‘opening’ of Christo’s and Jeanne-Claude’s Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, 1971 – 1995, selected from 13 days on site in June of 1995. It took them 24 years to earn a majority vote of the German Parliament – 292 in favor vs. 223 against – to gain permission to do this incredible, beautiful, and spectacular project.