On This Day in IUPUI History: January 18, 1978

January 18, 1978. 

On this day, artist Christo and filmmaker Albert Maysles came to Herron School of Art to talk about Christo's and his wife Jeanne-Claude's artistic product, "Running Fences," which was a 24-mile-long, 18-foot-high, white fabric work that stretched across the hills of northern California and ended at the shore of the Pacific Ocean. The construction, which cost $3 million, created much controversy at the time, prompting public hearings, negotiations with landowners, lawsuits and court decisions. It stood only two weeks in 1976 before the artists took it down.

Albert and David Maysles produced a documentary film on the production of "Running Fences." The eponymous film was screened at the Indianapolis Museum of Art that evening. Christo and the filmmaker were on hand at that event as well.

The Herron program, held during the afternoon at the art school's campus at 16th and Pennsylvania Streets, was co-sponsored by the IUPUI Lectures and Convocations Committee, which for several years brought speakers, musicians, and other performers to campus.

Christo's full name was Christo Vladimirov Javacheff. He was born in Bulgaria. His wife, Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon, was born in Morocco on the same day in 1935 as Christo. Their environmental works were large and attention-grabbing.

Aerial view of Herron School of Art, 1978 UA24-002648n

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Updated Jan 18, 2019 by Editor Name Missing