Tampa Museum of Art

THE TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART DEBUTS CHRISTO AND JEANNE-CLAUDE EXHIBITION

Posted on: July 28th, 2015

Fall Exhibition Examines Revelation through Concealment

The Tampa Museum of Art is pleased to introduce its fall exhibition, XTO + J-C: Christo and Jeanne-Claude Featuring Works from the Bequest of David C. Copley.  Executive Director, Michael Tomor, remarked, “Christo and Jeanne-Claude, known for their temporal beautiful installations that always disappear from the natural landscape as a condition of the project, are remarkably documented in  the most extraordinary, handsomely executed works on paper and photographs on view in the Farish, Ferman and Sullivan Galleries. We are thrilled to bring these works to the Tampa Bay community.”

XTO + J-C: Christo and Jeanne-Claude Featuring Works from the Bequest of David C. CopleyOn view September 26, 2015 through January 3, 2016 

Christo is best known for the monumental projects he and his late wife and collaborator Jeanne-Claude accomplished over nearly four decades. These include the 24 1/2 mile-long Running Fence in California’s Sonoma and Marin Counties (1976), the Wrapped Reichstag in Berlin (1995), and the epic-scale crowd pleaser The Gates (2005), which comprised 7,053 fabric banners that spanned the walkways of New York’s Central Park.

XTO+J-C will present Christo’s important Wrapped Package (1960) alongside many drawings and collages related to his early wrapped objects—chairs, road signs, motorcycles, and other commonplace items that disrupt our relationship to the everyday through their concealment. The exhibition also includes Christo’s large-scale Store Front (1965–66) and a related series of Show Windows from the early ‘70s, which signal an expansion of the artist’s sculptural practice to a new environmental realm.

Taken together, this exhibition features more than fifty works by Christo, and also highlights recent gifts from The David C. Copley Foundation and from the artist himself, in recognition of Copley’s patronage and support of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego over the years. The late David C. Copley (1952–2012) was the most prolific collector of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s work in the United States.

XTO+J-C: Christo and Jeanne-Claude Featuring Works from the Bequest of David C. Copley is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Lead underwriting support has been generously provided by Colette Carson Royston and Dr. Ivor Royston, with additional funding and works of art received from the David C. Copley Foundation. Additional underwriting support has been received from the Friends of David C. Copley underwriting group.

This exhibition is made possible in Tampa by Doug and Maureen Cohn.

About the Tampa Museum of Art

The Tampa Museum of Art opened its award-winning new home in 2010 with a commitment to providing innovative public programs with a strong focus on classical, modern, and contemporary art. The Museum balances a growing collection, including one of the largest Greek and Roman antiquities collections in the southeastern United States, with a dynamic annual schedule of special exhibitions. It is the region’s largest museum devoted to art of our time and has built a reputation for embracing contemporary photography and new media; most notably, Leo Villareal’s Sky (Tampa), the 14,000-square-foot LED installation on the Museum’s south façade, has become an iconic image for Tampa. Since its founding in 1979, the Museum has been dedicated to providing quality education to students and adults, with more than half of its programs offered free of charge. The Museum is home to Sono Café, a Slow Food movement café overlooking the Hillsborough River, and has emerged as Tampa’s premier venue for special events. 

General Hours and Information

The Museum opens daily at 11 a.m. Hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Fridays from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.  The Museum’s phone number is 813.274.8130 and the website iswww.tampamuseum.org. The Museum’s address is 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza. Tampa, FL 33602.

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