JON PERRY

Special to the Tyler Paper

The Tyler Museum of Art spotlights the process behind 35 years of massive environmental projects throughout the world with its next exhibition, “Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Tom Golden Collection.”

Featuring more than 50 collages, photographs, drawings and objects spotlighting the couple’s legendary career, the exhibition will be on view from Oct. 2 through Jan. 8.

The museum is located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave. at Tyler Junior College campus.

Museum members can attend a preview reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 1.

Organized by the Sonoma County Museum in Santa Rosa, California, the exhibition surveys the career of Christo and his late wife, Jeanne-Claude, through small-scale pieces made between 1962 and 2000 that have functioned both as plans for large-scale outdoor installations and as sale items to fund their major projects

The collection features design sketches for several projects in progress – notably “Over the River,” for which Christo plans to suspend almost six miles of luminous fabric panels high above a stretch of the Arkansas River between Salida and Canon City, Colorado.

Tyler Museum of Art will be the first Texas venue in more than a decade to host an exhibition of the couple’s work.

“Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s projects exist only briefly in the world but are anticipated with suspense for years, while being planned,” Tyler Museum of Art Curator Caleb Bell said, noting the recent effort “The Floating Piers” for which Christo made international news by using 100,000 yards of shimmering yellow fabric to transform a lake in northern Italy into an enormous environmental installation.

First conceived in 1970, “The Floating Piers” remained accessible to the public for a mere 16 days in June and July.

Local sponsors for “Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Tom Golden Collection” include Texas Oncology – Tyler, Presenter and June and Steve Hillis, Collectors’ Circle Gold. General exhibition admission is $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens. TMA members, students, children 12 and younger, TJC faculty and staff and City of Tyler employees are admitted free.

Events in connection with the exhibition include free First Friday Tours at 11 a.m. on Oct. 7, Nov. 4, Dec. 2 and Jan. 6, and Family Days 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10.

Admission to events is free, but reservations are encouraged.

The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For information, call 903-595-1001 or visit tylermuseum.org.

Jon Perry is the communications and membership coordinator at Tyler Museum of Art.

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