The Maysles’ documentary about Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Gates exhibition premieres soon, and I for one am very excited to see it.
I heard a great story last night about Jeanne-Claude, and what she said when pressed about her desire to stage the exhibition in Central Park. A reporter was pushing her, asking why she and her husband fought so hard (for 26 years) for the prime location when other city parks, especially derelict ones like Van Cortland Park, were dying to have some foot traffic and enthusiastic about the project from the get-go.
Jeanne-Claude simply asked the reporter, “Are you married?,” and when he answered yes, she asked, “Well, did you marry your wife, or her sister?”
I love that.