As many will remember, The Gates in NYC’s Central Park was done by Christo and Jeanne-Claude. For some time their collaborative projects were labeled as if by him alone. For some information about the change, see below.
We note that it is a familiar idea that women’s brilliance can be hidden behind a man’s name. And that in the past it may have made great sense to her.
Jeanne-Claude, who collaborated with her husband, Christo, on dozens of environmental arts projects, notably the wrapping of the Pont Neuf in Paris and the Reichstag in Berlin and the installation of 7,503 vinyl gates with saffron-colored nylon panels in Central Park, died Thursday in Manhattan, where she lived. She was 74
Jeanne-Claude met her husband, Christo Javacheff, in Paris in 1958. … To avoid confusing dealers and the public, and to establish an artistic brand, they used only Christo’s name. In 1994 they retroactively applied the joint name “Christo and Jeanne-Claude” to all outdoor works and large-scale temporary indoor installations. Other indoor work was credited to Christo alone.
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An interesting post has just appeared on SWIP-L that reminds me of other dimensions in which women end up agreeing that disadvantaging them is “just rational.” E.g., if you have parental leave and he doesn’t, it’s just rational for you to do more house care. If his earning power is better than yours, it is just rational for you to be the trailing spouse.
I had no idea– thought these were all just Christo. Thanks for setting me straight.
Jender, same here, except when Central Park started to feature her I began to wonder.
What a shame!
RIP – Jeanne-Claude, 74, who shared a birthday w/ husband and partner, Christo. May she wrap heaven in shimmering fabrics.
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