Lower Manhattan Wrapped Building

The UNM Retiree Association visits the Albuquerque Museum on Thursday, Sept. 4 at 1 p.m. to have a tour with Museum Curator Andrew Connors. Of particular note, the museum currently features "Christo & Jeanne-Claude: The Tom Golden Collection," which will be on exhibit only through September 14.

Individuals are to bring their UNM identification for free admission, otherwise it is $3, or $2 for seniors.

Interested people may also come early and enjoy lunch at the museum's restaurant.

To RSVP, email retassoc@unm.edu, or call 505-277-3187. For more information, call Steve Borbas, 505-265-7088.

This collection of works of art by renowned artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude includes original drawings, sculptures, collages and photographs capturing the versatility, longevity and international scope of the duo’s extensive career. It is one of the largest collections of art by Christo and Jeanne-Claude in the United States, started by Tom Golden in the summer of 1974. Golden’s personal and professional relationship with the artists began during the 1974 public hearings for Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s project “Running Fence.” Golden continued to manage and assist with several of the artist’s large-scale projects such as “The Umbrellas” and “Over the River.” Drawings and collages of the large-scale public works, sold to fund the actual installations, are an important component of this collection.

As partners for more than 40 years, Christo and Jeanne-Claude have created lasting environmental installation art throughout the world. Their works include wrapping the Reichstag in Berlin and the Pont Neuf bridge in Paris, the 24-mile long curtain titled “Running Fence” in California, and most recently “The Gates” in New York City’s Central Park. Because their large-scale public projects are temporary, these preliminary artworks remain as evidence of these installations.

This collection represents not only the special relationship between an artist and a collector, but also the collaborative effort between the artists and the many people involved in producing the works.