Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

8 Episodes

Environmental-art superstar Christo, who passed away in May this year, and his longtime collaborator, Jeanne-Claude, transformed the world’s landscapes into epic canvases for their awe-inspiring site-specific installations. Though their staggering achievements—including an enormous curtain hung between two Colorado mountains and a floating fabric walkway built on an Italian lake—were designed to be ephemeral, they frequently inspired filmmakers, particularly documentary masters Albert and David Maysles, to preserve their creations on celluloid. Films like RUNNING FENCE, which depicts the artists’ struggle to build a twenty-four-mile fence out of white nylon fabric, and THE GATES, about their decades-in-the-making dream to construct a “golden river” of portals in New York’s Central Park, capture the monumental vision, superhuman determination, and unique relationship that drove an extraordinary artistic partnership.

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Christo and Jeanne-Claude
  • Christo and Jeanne-Claude Teaser

    Episode 1

  • Christo’s Valley Curtain

    Episode 2

    Directed by Albert Maysles, David Maysles, and Ellen Giffard • 1974 • United States

    Nominated for an Academy Award, CHRISTO'S VALLEY CURTAIN celebrates the Bulgarian-born artist's dramatic hanging of a huge orange curtain between two Colorado mountains. Since the late 1950's, Christo's large-sca...

  • Running Fence

    Episode 3

    Directed by Albert Maysles, David Maysles, and Charlotte Zwerin • 1977 • United States

    RUNNING FENCE depicts the long struggle by the artists, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, to build a 24 mile fence of white fabric over the hills of California disappearing into the Pacific. Cost: 3 million dollars. ...

  • Islands

    Episode 4

    Directed by Albert Maysles, David Maysles, and Charlotte Zwerin • 1987 • United States

    For two brief weeks in May of 1983, Christo and Jeanne-Claude's piece entitled Surrounded Islands blossomed on the waters of Biscayne Bay, Florida. Eleven scrub-pine islands were surrounded by 6.5 million squa...

  • Christo in Paris

    Episode 5

    Directed by Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Deborah Dickson, and Susan Froemke • 1990 • United States

    Christo and Jeanne Claude's first grand-scale urban project, wrapping the oldest bridge in Paris - the same bridge where Christo courted Jeanne-Claude. A love story set in the heart of Paris: bet...

  • Umbrellas

    Episode 6

    Directed by Albert Maysles, Henry Corra, and Grahame Weinbren • 1994 • United States

    UMBRELLAS takes a poignant, in-depth look at the concept and realization of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s project “Umbrellas.” The film presents the artists at their most triumphant and most vulnerable moments—fro...

  • The Gates

    Episode 7

    Directed by Antonio Ferrera, Albert Maysles, David Maysles, and Matthew Prinzing • 2007 • United States
    Starring Christo, Jeanne-Claude

    In 1979, artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude proposed one of the largest artworks in history: a “golden river” of 7,503 fabric-paneled gates in Central Park. Whil...

  • Walking on Water

    Episode 8

    Directed by Andrey Paounov • 2018 • Italy
    Starring Christo

    Ten years after the passing of his wife and creative partner, Jeanne-Claude, Christo sets out to realize “The Floating Piers,” a project they conceived together many years before. Boasting complete access to the artist and his team, WALK...