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Internationally renowned artist Christo at ABQ museum

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Albuquerque Museum will host a free lecture with the internationally renowned Christo at 6 p.m. Aug. 22 at the museum. His talk will focus on two works in progress.

One of those two works is planned for a nearby canyon in Colorado “Over the River: Project for the Arkansas River, Colorado” is planned along a 42-mile stretch of the river between Salida and CaƱon City.

The artists propose to install translucent fabric panels in the eight areas of the river for a two week period.

From below, those on the river will witness a changing mountain skyline through the fabric. From above, those along the highway will see the reflection of sky and the undulation of the fabric as it moves in the wind, much like the river itself. At this time the project is delayed in federal and Colorado court cases.


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On the other side of the globe in Abu Dhabi, Christo’s largest permanent large-scale work is planned. “The Mastaba: Project for the United Emirates” was first conceived in 1977 by Christo and his late wife, Jeanne-Claude.

Made from 410,000 oil barrels, it will be the largest sculpture in the world. The painted barrels form a mosaic of colors, echoing the Islamic architecture of the surrounding cities.

After the lecture (reservations only) Christo will be signing copies of the exhibit catalog, “Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Tom Golden Collection,” as well as three other in-print Christo and Jeanne-Claude titles the Museum Store will be bringing in for the exhibit.

The catalogs may be purchased in the Museum Store before the lecture for $16.95.

Only lecture attendees will be allowed into the book signing, and only books purchased that night in the Museum Store will be eligible for the signing.

Limitations will be enforced. This is a rare opportunity, as the catalog is out of print, as are most Christo and Jeanne-Claude titles.

Reservations are required for the lecture. Call 338-8760 to make a reservation. Seating is limited and reservations will be taken in the order they are received.

Due to the popularity of this event, people will be limited to no more than two tickets. Tickets will be available for pickup at the museum between 5-5:45 p.m. on the date of the event unless otherwise notified.

If the event is sold out, those wishing to be placed on a waiting list should go to the museum, 2000 Mountain NW, at 5 p.m. Aug. 22.