The Gates

Robert Mayles’s film documents Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s largest and most controversial project yet

Christo and Jeanne-Claude have covered entire islands in pink polyester and whole landscapes with umbrellas. The Gates, another site-specific, larger-than-life, conceptual art project, brought them to New York, and the whole thing was captured in Robert Mayles’s documentary, also called The Gates, which screens today at Discovery Green.

Planned in 1979, the project hung 7,503 five-meter-tall, saffron-colored pieces of cloth along pathways in Central Park for two weeks in February 2005. Some, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg, applauded them as a change from the dreary wintertime scenery; others, including TV hosts David Letterman and Keith Olbermann, saw them as annoying and pointless. It all led back to the ultimate question of whether Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s works are merely meddlesome intrusions of the art world into the real world, or if some people just don’t “get it.” 8:30 p.m. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney. For information, call 713-639-7515 or visit www.mfah.org. Free.
Wed., May 28, 8:30 p.m., 2008

 
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