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For Immediate Release: January 7, 2010
Contact: Gina Hebert, MBL, 508-289-7725; ghebert@mbl.edu

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets for this event are sold out.

Celebrated International Artist Christo To Speak at MBL Falmouth Forum, January 22

Jeanne-Claude and Cristo
Jeanne-Claude and Christo
Photo by Wolfgang Volz

MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—Christo, one of the artists responsible for such memorable works as "The Gates" in New York City’s Central Park, will present the next Falmouth Forum on Friday, January 22, at the MBL’s (Marine Biological Laboratory’s) Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, at 7:30 PM.

The free lecture, titled, "Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Two Works in Progress: Over the River, Project for the Arkansas River, Colorado; The Mastaba, Project for The United Arab Emirates" is part of the on-going Falmouth Forum series. Due to limited seating, tickets are required for the lecture, and are available on a first come, first served basis. Books will be available for purchase in the Lillie Lobby before and after the lecture. Christo will sign books after the lecture.

Christo and his late wife, Jeanne-Claude, created highly celebrated works of art across the globe for more than 40 years. The dynamic and creative team together changed the concept of "public art" by producing works that are truly transitory by design. Their goal has always been to create works of joy and beauty, for which they paid themselves, without charging any viewing fees.

At his Falmouth Forum lecture, Christo will discuss two works currently in progress. "Over The River" is a two-week temporary work of art that will suspend 5.9 miles of silvery, luminous fabric panels high above a 40-mile stretch of the Arkansas River between Salida and Cañon City in south-central Colorado. The fabric panels will be suspended at eight distinct areas of the river that were selected by the artists for their aesthetic merits and technical viability. Another project, "The Mastaba: Project for The United Arab Emirates," will be a work of art made of approximately 410,000 horizontally stacked oil barrels. Hundreds of bright colors, as enchanting as Islamic mosaics, will give a constantly changing visual experience according to the time of the day and the quality of the light.

the gates
"The Gates," by Christo and Jeanne-Claude in New York City's Central Park. Photo by Wolfgang Volz

A buffet dinner is available before the lecture at 6:00 p.m. in the Swope Center located near the auditorium. Dinner tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance at either Eight Cousins Children’s Books, Main Street, Falmouth, or at the MBL’s Communications Office in the Candle House, 127 Water Street in Woods Hole. The free lecture tickets are also available at both of these locations. Dinner seats are limited and tickets are only available until they sell out or until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19th. All dinner tickets are nonrefundable. For more information contact the MBL’s Communications Office at 508-289-7423.

All Falmouth Forum lectures, performances and presentations are sponsored by the MBL Associates for the Cape Cod community and feature topics in the arts, humanities and health. They are always free and open to the public.

The final lecture in the Falmouth Forum series is "The Big Dig or The Big Pig?," presented by Dan McNichol, the award-winning author of "The Big Dig and The Roads That Built America" on March 5 at 7:30 PM. For more information and for full lecture descriptions, visit www.mbl.edu/falmouthforum.


The MBL is a leading international, independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to discovery and to improving the human condition through creative research and education in the biological, biomedical and environmental sciences. Founded in 1888 as the Marine Biological Laboratory, the MBL is the oldest private marine laboratory in the Americas. For more information, visit www.MBL.edu.

The MBL Associates are a group of individuals and businesses that support the scientific mission of the MBL through their gifts to the Annual Fund. The Associates sponsor educational and research programs for the MBL and raise funds for special projects. In addition, they operate the MBL Associates Gift Shop, located on Water Street in Woods Hole, the profits from which support scientific fellowships.