Maysles Films Christo and Jeanne-Claude

January 31- March 18, 2005

Perhaps best known for their pioneering work in documentary filmmaking, Albert and David Maysles first met the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude in the early 1960s.  At the time they were all relatively unknown artists trying to hone their crafts, but also on the verge of truly inventive creations.  The Maysles would soon be known as the leading American ‘direct cinema’ filmmakers with the premier of Showman and Salesman, while Christo and Jeanne-Claude would make news with the installation of Iron Curtain-Wall of Oil Barrels blocking the Rue Visconti in Paris and Dockside Packages, an installation on the Cologne Harbor in 1961.

This exhibition looked at how the Maysles Brothers studios produced five films about Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s environmental art works and the Maysles’ preparation for recording The Gates Project for Central Park, New York City.