The Hyde Collection opens its super-sized Christo and Jeanne-Claude show on Sunday.
More than 120 works, each related to one of the duo’s landscape-altering creations around the world, will be shown in the Wood and Hoopes galleries.
Organized by California’s Sonoma County Museum, the exhibit of original drawings, sculptures, collages and photographs explores their awe-inspiring and sometimes controversial large-scale public works and installations, like the 24-mile “Running Fence” from 1976 in California; the Pont-Neuf “Wrapped” in Paris and “The Gates” in New York’s Central Park.
Jeanne-Claude died in 2009 at age 74 but her husband, Christo, is still going strong. Next month, in northern Italy, he will open “The Floating Piers,” which they dreamed up together in 1970.
“The Hyde is thrilled to bring this major exhibition exploring the creative partnership of the world-renowned artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Glens Falls and the greater Capital Region,” Hyde director Erin Coe said in a statement.
“They are best known for their large-scale environmental works that compel entire communities to re-examine the way they view and interact with their own environments. Though their realized projects are temporary, the drawings, collages, and plans for these projects remain and are featured in this first-of-its-kind exhibition.”
An opening reception for Hyde members is scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday. Non-members may pay a $20 fee to attend but reservations are required.
Following the reception, at 3 p.m., art historian Jonathan Fineberg, author of “Modern Art at the Border of Mind and Brain,” will talk about the impact of the couple’s work and why society needs great works of art. The fee for the lecture is $8 for members, $10 for non-members. Reservations are required.
“Christo & Jeanne-Claude: The Tom Golden Collection” continues through Sunday, June 26.
Washington County landscape painter Harry Orlyk will talk about his work at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 19 at The Laffer Gallery in Schuylerville.
Orlyk is showing his paintings at the gallery in the exhibit “Two Winters,” which continues through Sunday, May 29.
Because of limited space, call 695-3181 or send email to [email protected] by Monday to reserve a seat.
Orlyk will open another exhibit on Monday, May 23 at Salem Art Works, which will run through June 5. That show has a reception on June 4.
Salem Art Works is an art center and sculpture park on more than 100 acres in the Washington County village of Salem. Visitors are welcome to watch resident artists at work in a foundry, glass shop and at a kiln or walk five miles of trails at the art center.
For more info, phone 854-7674 or go to salemartworks.org.
Admission is free, and the grounds are open daily from dawn to dusk for self-guided tours.
Reach Gazette reporter Karen Bjornland at 395-3197, [email protected] or on Twitter @bjorngazette.