Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Remembering the Running Fence

Brian O'Doherty with G. Wayne Clough, Edwin C. Anderson Jr., and Elizabeth Broun

The dynamic partnership of Christo and Jeanne-Claude spans more than four decades, and their enormous outdoor art installations are known the world over. From 1972 to 1976, Christo and Jeanne-Claude conceived, planned, and created the Running Fence, an eighteen-foot-high white nylon fence that stretched more than twenty-four miles across privately owned lands in Marin and Sonoma counties in northern California. Four years in the planning, the Fence was on view for just two weeks, but it remains a landmark event in contemporary art.

Remembering the Running Fence revisits the ephemeral splendor of this remarkable outdoor installation with selections from the complete archive, including documentary photography and preparatory artworks. Essays by Smithsonian secretary Wayne Clough, attorney Edwin Anderson, Smithsonian American Art Museum director Elizabeth Broun, and artist and author Brian O'Doherty reflect on the legacy of the Running Fence and the extraordinary legal and logistical odyssey of two artists who, in the name of artistic freedom, dared to dream of and ultimately build a temporary fence that captured imaginations, as well as the light and landscape of northern California.

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Copublished with the University of California Press
Year Published
  • Hardcover: 978-0-520-26646-9
10 1412 14 in.


Media - 2009.9.18 - SAAM-2009.9.18_1 - 70302
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Remembering the Running Fence
April 2, 2010September 26, 2010
The exhibition presented the majority of individual items— more than 350 objects—from the collective archive of artworks and related materials.