Cultural Council Brings Christo To Jville Audiences

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Christo the larger than life artist whose literally larger than life art installations have created sensations around the planet will be coming to Jville Thursday night and speaking to a select few in person at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville's downtown. The event is part of the spectacular lecture series created by the Cultural Council. Within hours, it was a Sold-Out lecture hosted by MOCA Jacksonville and presented by VyStar Credit Union but will be livestreamed to a larger audience at the Candy Apple Café on April 16th!

Jacksonville, FL – The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville is pleased to present art giant Christo to Jacksonville for one night only; Thursday, April 16th at MOCA Jacksonville in the heart of downtown. The evening is a continuation of international artists visiting Jacksonville presented by the Cultural Council entitled the VyStar International Artist Lecture Series.

“Our current strategic plan at the Cultural Council centers our work around Convening, Collaboration and Advocacy,” said Tony Allegretti, Cultural Council Executive Director. “Our VyStar International Artist Lecture Series has been extremely well-received and fits right in line with our plan.”

Christo’s visit and lecture is considered a massive win for the Series, as he is one of the world’s most famous living artists. Christo, with his late wife, Jeanne-Claude, have created monumental works enveloping rural and urban structures for more than half a century, including Surrounded Islands in Miami, the Wrapped Reichstag in Berlin and The Gates in New York City’s Central Park. Their works, although temporary in nature, are some of the most recognizable due to their large scale, impact on the viewer, and the artists’ commitment to preservation through film and photography.

“Jacksonville is a world class city of culture. It is no fluke that we’ve been able to attract EXPO 2012 artist/futurist/innovator Vito Di Bari from Milan and now Christo, arguably one of the most well-known living on the planet,” said Allegretti. “We are committed to hammering home not just the importance of art and culture in all of our lives, but also the global reputation that we are earning as a city of cultural significance.”

Christo will bring his experience as a working environmental artist to MOCA Jacksonville for one night only to discuss his collaborations with the late Jeanne-Claude, his upcoming works, and his new book, In/Out Studio. All attendees will receive a copy of In/Out Studio with their admission ticket, and Christo will hold a book signing immediately following the lecture. The books were pre-purchased by the Cultural Council and all funds raised from the event will return to the Cultural Council, where they will be used to continue benefitting our local cultural and artistic community. Christo has a longstanding history of not accepting any type of sponsorship or pay-out from anything other than his sketches, photographs, and works of art.

The event was announced as a pre-sale for MOCA Jacksonville donors and patrons, as well as Cultural Council members, and all tickets were sold in a short period of time. Due to popular demand for this lecture, the Cultural Council will livestream the talk from MOCA Jacksonville to the Candy Apple Café for additional viewership opportunity on April 16th. Tickets for the livestream event are $5.00, and can be reserved at For the livestream event, doors will open at 5:30 with the lecture beginning from MOCA Jacksonville at 6:00 p.m. A free drawing for a chance to win an autographed copy of Christo’s new book, In/Out Studio, will be held, and the winner announced, at the conclusion of the livestream event. The book was donated by the Cultural Council and was purchased using Cultural Council funds. No purchase or contribution is necessary to participate in the drawing.

About Christo

Christo, with his late wife, Jeanne-Claude, have created monumental works enveloping rural and urban structures for more than half a century, including Surrounded Islands in Miami, the Wrapped Reichstag in Berlin and The Gates in New York City’s Central Park. Christo’s work is held by most major museums, galleries, and collections around the world, including the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Tate in London, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Works by Christo also appear in the corporate collections of Deutsche Bank, Barclays Capital, Daimler, and Toyota.

Christo’s current project, Over the River, has recently been given the go ahead by the US Federal Government. For this work, Christo plans to suspend 5.9 miles of silvery, luminous fabric panels high above the Arkansas River between Salida and Cañon City in south-central Colorado.

Another project in development in Abu Dhabi is The Mastaba, a sculpture in the desert, larger than the pyramids of Egypt and the Eiffel Tower. Conceived in 1977, it will be the largest sculpture in the world upon completion, made of multicolored barrels that form a mosaic of bright sparkling colors, echoing Islamic architecture.

More on the works of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, including high-quality photos with appropriate photo credits, can be found at

About the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville

The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville champions the appreciation, relevance and expression of art and culture. The Council stewards the City of Jacksonville’s annual appropriation to the arts, contributes to economic vitality through art and culture initiatives, and leads advocacy efforts to demonstrate the impact and significance of culture in the community. The Cultural Council is sponsored in part by the City of Jacksonville, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Learn more at The Cultural Council is a 501(c)3 public charity as determined by the Internal Revenue Code. A copy of the official charitable solicitation registration number CH9877 and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll free 800-435-7352 within the United States. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state.