Christo-Inspired Sketching Workshop

Media - RF.3.164 - SAAM-RF.3.164_1 - 71461
Christo, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Jeanne-Claude, Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972-76, Attaching panels to poles, September 6-7, 1976, black and white photograph, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, R.RF.3.164, © 1976, Christo
April 19, 2010

On April 20, in the Luce Foundation Center's weekly Draw & Discover sketching workshop, we will look at preparatory drawings, models, and photographs in the exhibition Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Remembering the Running Fence, which opened recently at the American Art Museum. Sketchers will study the play of the fabric—made from rejected airbag material—hanging loose when attached to poles or pulled taut like sails by the strong winds of northern California. Then we will head over to the Luce Center to find other examples of artworks that feature fabric.

After the original two-week exhibition of the Running Fence in 1976, rumors have it that one of the California ranchers recycled the material left on his land to make a wedding dress for his daughter. Sketchers will also consider how fabric hangs from hooks on wire, such as in the running fence, compared with how it drapes on the human body.

This sketching workshop is free to the public and begins at 3:00 p.m. in the Luce Center.


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