This exhibition documents the evolution of the widely anticipated outdoor work of art The Gates, Central Park, New York City, 1979–2005, conceived by the husband-and-wife collaborators Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Scheduled for presentation during sixteen days in February 2005, the completed project will consist of more than seven thousand saffron-colored gates set up at twelve-foot intervals along twenty-three miles of pedestrian walkways that lace New York's Central Park. The exhibition traces the development of this project, begun in 1979, through the display of fifty-one preparatory drawings and collages by Christo, sixty-four photographs, and eleven maps and technical diagrams. Also on view are components of one of the actual sixteen-foot-tall gates.
For more than four decades, Christo and Jeanne-Claude have collaborated on such temporary outdoor works as Dockside Packages, Cologne Harbor, 1961; Wrapped Coast, Little Bay, Sydney, Australia, 1969; Valley Curtain, Rifle, Colorado, 1970–72; Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972–76; Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Florida, 1980–83; The Pont Neuf Wrapped, Paris, 1975–85; Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, 1971–95; and Wrapped Trees, Riehen-Basel, Switzerland, 1997–98.
The exhibition was made possible by an anonymous donor.
All works in the exhibition are courtesy of Christo and Jeanne-Claude.