Arts & Culture 2022

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Reflecting on the 50th Anniversary of “Valley Curtain” and the Artists’ Legacy

Thu Jul 28, 2022
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Although it only lasted a mere 28 hours in the winds of the Grand Hogback Mountain Range in 1972, Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s masterwork Valley Curtain sent ripples through the art world and continues to influence artists and art critics today. The 4½-acre curtain of orange fabric hanging across a Colorado highway took a team of more than 100 engineers, construction workers, and volunteers 28 months to plan and erect, to the delight of drivers and the art world alike.  The dichotomy of its immense scale and brief existence enthralls people to this day.

Join us to discuss the Valley Curtain project: its conception, development and construction, and its legacy five decades later. Hear from a panel of Christo’s colleagues:

  • Jonathan Henery, a nephew involved in the daily workings of Christo and Jeanne-Claude who now manages the couples’ studio and home in New York City and runs The Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation
  • Dan Telleen, a Vail resident and local businessman who, as a student at SummerVail at the time, traveled to Rifle and helped with the Valley Curtain installation
  • Wolfgang Volz, assistant photographer of the Valley Curtain project. Later becoming the lead photographer for Christo and Jeanne-Claude, he’s become one of the world’s premier landscape photographers who worked with Christo and Jeanne-Claude since 1971
  • Vladimir Yavachev, a nephew who worked alongside Christo from the age of 15, to bring his work to life. After Christo’s and Jeanne-Claude’s passings, he constructed his uncle’s unfinished work “L’Arc De Triomphe” and is currently working on the Mastaba project in UAE
  • David Yust, retired CSU professor and world-renowned artist who was a friend and colleague of Christo and Jeanne-Claude.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about Christo and Jean-Claude’s audacious work and its continuing legacy 50 years later.

Mission: The mission of the Summervail Art Workshop Legacy Project is to establish historical preservation of the legacy of the Summervail Art Workshop and Critical Studies Program, which ran from 1971 to 1984 and became an invaluable entity to the Vail Valley and to the art world.

Presented in partnership with SummerVail Art Workshop Legacy Project.
Cindy Engles graciously underwrites our summer series.
Alpine Bank graciously sponsors our virtual programs. 

Event SPEAKER(S)

Dan Telleen

Dan Telleen

Board Member

Summervail Art Workshop

Davis Yust

Davis Yust

Artist and professor

Colorado State University

Vladimir Yavachev

Vladimir Yavachev

Operations and Project Director

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Wolfgang Volz

Wolfgang Volz

Photographer

Jonathan Henery

Jonathan Henery

Office Manager/VP

CVJ Corporation