The art of remembering // Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Christo and Jeanne-Claude were a part of a movement that took art out of the gallery and into the environment where it can directly engage with people and be in conversation with the natural world and the everyday people within it.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude Valley Curtain, Rifle, Colorado, 1970-72 Photo: Wolfgang Volz © 1972 Christo

This series on the Art of Remembering works in tandem with the QueerArtLAB experience and is an offering to social workers, artists, civic leaders, and thought leaders of all kinds: tools for documenting and disseminating the work you implement as well as ideas for making the process of documentation a work of art worth sharing itself.

Christo Running Fence (Project for Marin and Sonoma Counties, State of California) Drawing 1976 in two parts 15 x 96″ and 42 x 96″ (38 x 244 cm and 106.6 x 244 cm) Pencil, pastel, charcoal, wax crayon, topographic map, technical data, tape and ballpoint pen Photo: Eeva-Inkeri © 1976 Christo Ref. # 17

In these two photos, you can see first the beautiful saffron fabrics of the “wall” they built through the mountains. But they are equally well known for the drawings of their installations. A scalable project, all it requires is a bit of fabric, some armature, and a well chosen location – what a way to engage the environment and the politics of place!

So simple and so evocative, with implications of walls, impermanence, concealing/revealing, and the interaction between humans and nature.

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