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College’s off-campus gallery features Christo and Jeanne-Claude

World-renowned artists present free lecture on Sept. 18

Posted: July 21, 2008

Denver -Metropolitan State College of Denver's Center for Visual Art (CVA) has become the little gallery that could and did, by securing an exhibition of original works by world-renowned artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude.

The CVA will host the exhibition “Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Prints and Objects,” Aug. 29 through Nov. 1. This exclusive exhibition of 130 original works has not been seen in the United States since 1992 and features 30 new pieces. The exhibition includes a Sept. 18 free public lecture, which the artists are presenting as a gift to the CVA. The lecture will be held at the Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

It’s a major coup for the 18-year-old gallery, whose many exhibits are curated by faculty in the College’s nationally-accredited Art Department. “We are excited and humbled by the opportunity for our faculty, 950 art students and the community to have access to the exhibit and artists’ lecture,” says CVA Director and Curator Jennifer Garner. “Our exhibition provides Coloradans a front-row seat to the artists’ work as they plan their ‘Over The River’ installation, slated for 2012 in Colorado’s Arkansas River Valley.”

Four years is not so far away, considering it reportedly took 26 years to exhibit “The Gates, Central Park, New York City, 1979-2005.” For the CVA, the wait wasn’t so long. “It all began with me picking up the phone and calling the artists,” says Garner. “Now less than two years later, the exhibition is kicking off at one of the most historic times in Colorado history with the Democratic National Convention.”

This three-month-long exhibition officially kicks off fundraising efforts for the CVA to purchase and renovate its current building and the adjacent gallery. The CVA already has received a lead $425,000 challenge grant from the Boettcher Foundation.

Public Lecture by Christo and Jeanne-Claude
When: Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008, 5:30 p.m. (seating begins at 4:30 p.m.)
Where: Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex“

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Prints and Objects” Exhibition and Opening Reception
Where: Center for Visual Art, 1734 Wazee Street, Denver
When: Aug. 29 – Nov. 1, 2008
Opening Reception: Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008 Members only: 6–7 p.m.; Open to the public: 7–9 p.m.

Private viewing opportunities during the DNC: Aug. 21-28, 2008.

For more information and to register for tickets for the free lecture, go to

To learn more about media interview opportunities with Christo and Jeanne-Claude on Sept. 19, contact Metro State Assistant Director of Communications Angelia McGowan at 303-501-0752 or CVA Assistant Director and Curator Cecily Cullen, 303-294-5207, ext. 113.

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