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Re: About the Gates/Mixed Emotions


Date: Sun Feb 13 2005 - 08:16:19 PST

In a message dated 02/13/2005 9:03:00 AM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

I took the NYTimes story and the Philadelphia Inquirer story in to school
last week and read most of both to my 8th grade kids. The Times article was
mainly a business story about hotel rooms filling and revenue coming into the
city. The Inky story was a feature of Christo and Jean Claude and the art. They
liked seeing how the same event was covered on the same day by 2 reporters,
one in the city of the installation and one down the road about 1 1/2 hrs. It
was really interesting to hear their comments after listening to the stories
and looking at Christo art online, especially the Island Surround and
Running Fence.

Yes! A great discussion to have with our students! We'll discuss, compare
and contrast the "traditional" art that my K-5 students are so familiar with
this Installation and Conceptual Art. I think it is important to expose
Christo's latest to the kids, especially since it's in their own backyard. I'm
sending home information in hopes that parents will take the opportunity to
visit it with their kids. How lucky for them that they can become part of the
 exhibit by walking among the installation! Connects with the discussion I
had with them about Andy Warhol's Campbell Soup paintings, and the question,
"What is art?"
And sparking an idea for a learning experience which connects to the Christo
exhibit, why not have students create installation art based on a conceptual
idea? I'd love to brainstorm this with my 4th and 5th graders and see what
they could come up with! I wonder how "intellectual" they could be at this
Susan on Long Island