Art Museum features Christo, Jeanne-Claude

The Rockford Art Museum, in collaboration with Rockford College, presents the exhibition Christo and Jeanne-Claude—Two Works in Progress: Over the River Project for the Arkansas River, Colorado and The Gates Project for Central Park, New York City. The exhibition, which includes drawings, maps and photographs of two upcoming projects, is currently on view in the Museum’s Kuller Gallery through Oct. 19. In conjunction with the 10-week long exhibition, the Friends of the Rockford Art Museum and the Friends of the Art Gallery of Rockford College are hosting a series of lectures, including the following: Christo and Jeanne-Claude – Two Works in Progress: Over the River Project for the Arkansas River, Colorado and The Gates Project for Central Park, New York City at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9 at Rockford College, Maddox Theatre. Call the Rockford College box office for tickets; 226-4100. Christo and Jeanne-Claude will present a lecture on their two works in progress: Over the River Project features the installation of seven miles of intermittent canopy of translucent fabric that will be suspended high above the water. The river will remain open for access and the canopy will be anchored by cable to the riverbanks. Those who walk through The Gates will experience a ceiling of gold enveloping them in warm shadows. When seen from the buildings surrounding Central Park, The Gates will seem like a golden river appearing and disappearing through the branches of the trees and will highlight the shape of the footpaths. These two works in progress, whose common denominator is fabric, have evolved through a process of collaboration between the artists, private citizens, land owners, government agencies, construction crews and, finally, the viewer. While the actual finished artworks exist only for a few weeks, the monumental works continue through media documentation in the form of photographs, books and films. Art of Containment: From High Concept to High Craft at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16 at Rockford Art Museum’s Funderburg Gallery. A panel discussion focusing on the Museum’s current exhibition, Art of Containment: From High Concept to High Craft takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16 in the Funderburg Gallery. While our common visualization of the word “container” is usually that of a vessel that holds objects or fluid, containment also can extend to borders, boundaries, walls, riverbanks, and even the human body. Featured Chicago artists Raye Bemis, Michele Feder-Nadoff, and Diane Simpson each take the concept of containment to very different realms with their art as evidenced in the Museum’s 10-week long exhibition. Admission is free. Designated as a Partner in Excellence by the Illinois Arts Council, the Rockford Art Museum is open Tuesday – Friday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 noon to 5 p.m. The Rockford Art Museum is located in Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St. in Rockford. Admission is free to Museum members; non-member adults are $3, children and students are free. For more information, please call 815-968-2787.

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