XTO+J-C: Christo and Jeanne-Claude Featuring Works from the Bequest of David C. Copley

Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 through Sunday, Apr 06, 2014


fabric, rope, and twine
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Gift of the artist. © CHRISTO 1960. Photo: Eeva-Inkeri.

Wrapped Reichstag (Project for Berlin)

Wrapped Reichstag (Project for Berlin),
pencil, fabric, pastel, charcoal, twine, wax crayon and map, collage in two parts.
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Gift of David C. Copley Foundation. ©CHRISTO 1991. Photo: André Grossmann.

Blue Store Front Project

Blue Store Front Project,
pencil, pastel, charcoal and brown wrapping paper
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Bequest of David C. Copley. © CHRISTO 2000. Photo: André Grossmann.

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Lecture by Christo

The late David C. Copley (1952–2012) was one of MCASD’s most passionate patrons and generous Trustees. He was also the most prolific collector of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s work in the United States. To celebrate Copley’s great commitment to this enduring body of work and to honor his memory, XTO+J-C: Christo and Jeanne-Claude Featuring Works from the Bequest of David C. Copley will open with a special supporters’ reception on January 31, 2014, the anniversary of David’s birthday. The exhibition will open to the public on February 2.

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 241/2 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 the artist’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 artists’ 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 over the years. David’s generous bequest of this major collection is inspiring and MCASD is honored to celebrate his life and legacy with this exhibition. For additional information about programs surrounding this exhibition, visit www.mcasd.org.

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, with works of art received from The David C. Copley Foundation. Lead underwriting support has been generously provided by Colette Carson Royston and Dr. Ivor Royston. XTO+J-C is proudly supported by Van Cleef & Arpels, with additional corporate funding contributed by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and Symbolic Motor Car Company. Additional underwriting support has been received from the Friends of David C. Copley underwriting group. Institutional support for MCASD is provided, in part, by Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust and the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.