TNR Live: Summer Film Festival – THE GATES

Virtual discussion on movies we want to watch with Contributing editor Rumaan Alam

Stuck at home? Join us at the movies. Contributing editor Rumaan Alam will lead a virtual discussion with guests Alex Shephard, Jo Livingstone, and Kyle Chayka, discussing cinematic portraits of some truly compelling minds—Marion Stokes, Milton Glaser, Camille Claudel, and Christo—this August.

Watch the films and enjoy the virtual talk backs every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in August.

August 25

Rumaan Alam and Kyle Chayka on The Gates with, With Director Matthew Prinzing on The Gates

The Gates celebrates a recently lost giant—the artist Christo, by documenting the remarkable site-specific installation that he and his wife and partner, Jeanne-Claudes (who died in 2009) created in Central Park for a brief period in 2005. The film captures the birth of a work of public art at a moment when our notions of the public are being redefined and art feels elusive and far from our daily lives.


About The Gates – In 1979, artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude proposed one of the largest artworks in history: a “golden river,” or 7,503 fabric-paneled gates in Central Park. While Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s artistic vision sought to unite all of New York City, the public reacted with accusations of ‘defacement of a masterpiece,’ akin to putting a mustache on the Mona Lisa. Twenty-four years later, and after the election of Michael R. Bloomberg as mayor, the project was approved in January 2003 and completed in February 2005.

THE GATES chronicles the evolution of the project from concept to realization, ultimately overcoming public disapproval and transforming Central Park into a visual symphony of color and light. The work of art, entirely financed by the artists, which brought over 4 million visitors from around the world to Central Park in mid-winter, is lovingly captured in this masterful film.


Note:  This is a FREE ZOOM event.  You will be notified before the event with the LINK TO CONNECT to the event.