Defining Moments: Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Wrapped Coast 1968-69

Mon 15 Apr 2019

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Lecture by John Kaldor; Respondent: Rebecca Coates

Described as ‘somewhere between a monument and an event’, Christo and Jeanne-Claudes Wrapped Coast – One Million Square Feet, at Little Bay, Sydney, in 1968–69, was an extraordinary project that had an indelible impact on public art and inspired an enduring legacy for Australian culture. Wrapped Coast was the first major environmental project by the internationally acclaimed French husband-and-wife artist duo. Wrapped Coast was the inaugural Kaldor Public Art Project and, over a 50-year period, 33 ground-breaking projects followed.

John Kaldor AO is a dedicated collector, patron and supporter of contemporary art. He has been collecting and commissioning contemporary art since the early 1960s and since 1969 has shared his love of art with the Australian public through his series of art projects.

Rebecca Coates is the director of Shepparton Art Museum (SAM), and an established curator, writer and lecturer, with experience in Australia and overseas. She was awarded a PhD in Art History from the University of Melbourne, focused on Kaldor Public Art Projects.

Please note, all lectures open at 5:30pm for a 6pm start.


What are the landmark exhibitions that have shaped Australian art? From 2019 to 2020, ACCA’s Lecture Series, Defining Moments: Australian Exhibition Histories 1968–1999, will take a deeper look at the moments that have shaped Australian art since 1968. In this two-year series, sixteen guest lecturers will analyse the game changers in Australian art, addressing key contemporary art exhibitions staged over the last three decades of the twentieth century and reflecting on the ways these exhibitions shaped art history and contemporary Australian culture more broadly.

Ambitious, contested, polemical, genre-defining and genre-defying, contemporary art exhibitions have shaped and transformed the cultural landscape, along with our understanding of the very nature of what constitutes as art. This program traces the legacies of artists and curators, addresses the critical reception of select significant projects, and reflects on a wide range of exhibitions and formats; from artist run initiatives to institutions, as well as interventions in public space and remote communities.

Presented by Abercrombie & Kent with Research Partner, Centre of Visual Art (CoVA) at The University of Melbourne, the two-year series brings together a diversity of voices with hour-long lectures and conversations involving exhibiting artists, curators, art critics and historians, with the first set of lectures scheduled from April to November 2019.

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