MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO (MCASD) PRESENTS X-TO + J-C: CHRISTO AND JEANNE-CLAUDE FEATURING WORKS FROM THE BEQUEST OF DAVID C. COPLEY

 
 
Monday, Jan 13, 2014 - 12:25 pm

San Diego, CA— The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) will present X-TO + J-C: Christo and Jeanne-Claude Featuring Works from the Bequest of David C. Copley at the Museum’s La Jolla location from February 2 through April 6, 2014.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude—X-TO and J-C—are best known for the monumental projects they have accomplished over four decades and across diverse geographies. Such works have compelled viewers with their startling scale and presence and engaged the public in debate. While Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s works are temporary, they involve years of complicated negotiations, revealing hidden societal and bureaucratic mechanisms much as they also highlight the physical world around us.

X-TO + J-Cwill feature more than fifty works by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, including pieces such as Christo’s evocative Package (1960), alongside drawings related to his early concealed objects: chairs, road signs, and other commonplace items. Store Front (1965-66) and a related series of Show Windows from the early 70s signal an expansion of the artist’s sculptural practice to a new environmental realm. Christo’s preparatory drawings and collages, which combine exquisite draftsmanship with technical data, maps, and photographs, are masterful evocations of the numerous projects Jeanne-Claude and he conceived and executed.

X-TO + J-Cwill honor the late David Copley (1952-2012). Copley 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. This exhibition presents works which came to the Museum through David Copley’s bequest or were given in his honor, including significant donations from Christo himself and from the David C. Copley Foundation. MCASD is honored to celebrate David Copley’s life and his great commitment to this enduring body of work.

The public is invited to a lecture with Christo on Saturday, February 1 at 5 PM.The artist will discuss two works in progress:  Over the River, Project for the Arkansas River, Colorado, and The Mastaba, Project for the United Arab Emirates. Tickets to the lecture can be purchased at www.mcasd.org/events. The lecture will be followed by an opening celebration for the exhibition from 7-9 PM. X-TO + J-C: Christo and Jeanne-Claude Featuring Works from the Bequest of David C. Copley will officially open to the public on Sunday, February 2.

To request an interview with Christo, or to obtain high-resolution images of works featured in the exhibition, please contact Communications & Marketing Manager Leah Straub. Members of the media are invited to attend the opening on February 1 from 7-9 PM. Please RSVP to lstraub@mcasd.org.

X-TO+J-C: Christo and Jeanne-Claude Featuring Works from the Bequest of David C. Copleyis 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. X-TO+J-Cis 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.

Related Programs

Film Screening: Umbrellas (1994)
Saturday, March 1 > 3-5 PM
MCASD La Jolla

Explore Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s expansive installation The Umbrellas (1984-1991). This temporary work of art, realized in two countries at the same time, reflected the similarities and differences in ways of life and the uses of land in two inland valleys in Japan and the USA. In this 81-minute documentary, directors Albert and David Maysles, Henry Corra, and Graham Weinbren capture Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s collaborative process, as well as the grandeur of their large-scale temporary public works. This screening is free for MCASD Members and students, $5 for seniors, and $8 for general admission.

Also on View

Scripps on Prospect: Cultural Legacy
February 2 through April 6, 2014

Scripps on Prospect: Cultural Legacy explores how the philanthropic spirit of Ellen and Virginia Scripps contributed to La Jolla’s social and cultural development, focusing on the history of the cultural zone along Prospect Street and Silverado. The exhibition represents part two of a collaboration between MCASD and the La Jolla Historical Society while the latter undergoes an ambitious rehabilitation project. Scripps on Prospect: Cultural Legacy will be on view in the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Gallery at MCASD La Jolla.

Scripps on Prospect: Cultural Legacy is organized by the La Jolla Historical Society in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Funding forScripps on Prospect: Cultural Legacy isprovidedbyPeter B. Clark, Robert and Pascale Bauer, Garth Conboy and Laura DuCharme Conboy, Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP, Florence Riford Community Fund at The San Diego Foundation, the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, the Members of the La Jolla Historical Society, and the Members of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

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MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO
Founded in 1941, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is the preeminent contemporary visual arts institution in San Diego County. The Museum's collection includes more than 4,000 works of art created since 1950. In addition to presenting exhibitions by international contemporary artists, the Museum serves thousands of children and adults annually at its varied education programs, and offers a rich program of film, performance, and lectures. MCASD is a private, nonprofit organization, with 501c3 tax-exempt status; it is supported by generous contributions and grants from MCASD Members and other individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Hugh M. Davies is The David C. Copley Director and CEO at MCASD.

Institutional support for MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

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