The Clark Hosts Free Screening of The Gates on October 16

For Immediate Release

October 01, 2008

Literally decades in the making, the documentary film The Gates (2007, 98 min., not rated) chronicles the intricate process of completing the 7,503 saffron-colored gates and fabric panels used in the temporary, large-scale work of art “The Gates, Central Park, New York City, 1979-2005.” The Gates will be shown at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Thursday, October 16, at 7 pm. Context and commentary will be provided by Lisa Green, the Clark’s director of communications and design. Admission to the film is free.

In 1979, artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude proposed one of the largest public art installations in history: a “golden river” of 7,503 fabric-paneled gates in Central Park. Transcending controversy, The Gates was finally completed in 2005. Albert Maysles followed this project from conception to rejection and then to approval and triumphant realization, and his work was picked up and completed by Antonio Ferrera. The documentary captures the soaring majesty of the project, along with its impact on thousands of amazed (and occasionally skeptical) witnesses who flocked to snowy Central Park to experience it over the course of 16 days, February 12 through 27, 2005. The Gates debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival and was broadcast on HBO.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit


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