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Gibbes Museum of Art Welcomes World-Renowned Artist Christo

Presentation and Dialogue Scheduled for Tuesday, April 13

(January 21, 2010 - Charleston, South Carolina) – For over forty years, Christo and Jeanne-Claude have collaborated throughout the world on large-scale art projects using fabric in both urban and rural environments. On Tuesday, April 13, Christo will discuss their past and future temporary works of art in a slide presentation and dialogue scheduled for 5:30pm at Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain Street. 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.

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 Cañon City in south-central Colorado.

Two mixed-media works by Christo will be part of the upcoming Gibbes exhibition Modern Masters from the Ferguson Collection running from April 30 – August 22, 2010. “We are honored to be bringing Christo to Charleston. 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,” said Gibbes Executive Director Angela Mack.

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 The event will begin promptly at 5:30pm with doors opening at 4:30pm. 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 $65.00 (including tax). The books will be available at the Gibbes Museum Store, on the Gibbes Museum website, and a limited quantity will also be offered for sale at the Memminger event.

Hotel Package at Charleston Place Hotel
For those traveling to Charleston for this event, Charleston Place Hotel 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 or call 888-635-2350.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905 in historic Charleston, S.C. The Gibbes houses one of the foremost collections of American Art from the 18th century to the present. The Gibbes is currently undergoing major renovations and will reopen in the spring of 2016. The renovated museum will properly showcase its extensive collections and will feature an admission-free ground floor, providing a place to watch artists at work in studios and stroll through a world-class garden.

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