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The gates

Call Number

  • DVD 709.04 G2591 (CEN)

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Widescreen version.

Publication Information

Kino Lorber,

Physical Description

1 videodisc (98 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


Starting with an original attempt in 1979, this film documents the ambitions, planning, and ultimate achievement of Christo's project to install a series of cloth-hung gates in Central Park. The film follows the artists Christo and Jeanne Claude and they navigate through various meetings, arguments, facing an opposing host of city officials, private representatives, artists, and citizens. Over 20 years later the artists fulfill their hope of creating a shared artwork for the community, the camera capturing the ultimate result and public reactions.


"The 26-year journey of Chisto and Jeanne-Claude."

Videodisc release of the 2007 motion picture.


  • The artists' intentions
  • Documenting the project
  • The issue of race
  • Building the gates
  • Winter in the park
  • On guard
  • Unleashing the gates
  • New York reacts
  • A cheerful interpretation
  • The perfect time of year.

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