Cultural Camaraderie

Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Surrounded Islands: A 35th Anniversary Exhibit at PAMM

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida, 1980–83: A Documentary Exhibition was the delightful FAN Cultural Camaraderie event on Tuesday, January 29 at The Perez Art Museum Miami.

The exhibition commemorates the 35th anniversary of Surrounded Islands. In 1983, artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude encircled 11 uninhabited islands in Biscayne Bay with 6.5 million square feet of floating pink fabric. For two weeks the results harmonized with water and foliage, creating a stunning chromatic medley in blue, green, pink and turquoise.

FAN member Joe Fleming, who presided over legal issues when this installation was projected, spoke to FANS and guests about the installation’s interesting history.

Despite its short duration, Surrounded Islands made a lasting impact on the city’s cultural history, marking the birth of Miami’s international artistic profile.

The exhibition included drawings and collages, a large-scale model of the bay and its islands, hundreds of photographs and documents, and physical components of the project – attesting to the artists’ determination to realize the project despite formidable logistical and governmental obstacles.

Lunch was served family style at Verde, the on-site restaurant overlooking Biscayne Bay.

Thanks to Lisa Lachman and Lisa Block for hosting.

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