Public Construction: Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Running Fence


Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art


Institute of Fine Arts


This dissertation represents the first truly critical approach to the work of Christo and Jeanne-Claude. It will not only subject the work of these artists to rigorous scrutiny, but also develop a new approach for the analysis of Land art and other practices that rely on the public siting and construction of monumentally scaled installations, one that accounts for the specific complications that attend this mode of artistic production. Through a comprehensive analysis of the planning, funding, realization, and documentation of the 1976 Running Fence, this dissertation will generate concrete context-specific knowledge concerning crucial aspects of land art practice, that, to date, have received little if any attention.