Bloomberg To Host Screening of Gates Documentary at Gracie Mansion

Whether you thought they were art of the highest form, or just a bunch of tall orange things with curtains hanging from them, chances are you were talking about The Gates three years ago when it came to Central Park as one of the biggest public art installations in history. Commemorating the three-year anniversary of The Gates opening on Feb. 12, 2005, Mayor Michael Bloomberg will host a special screening of the forthcoming HBO documentary film that chronicles “the decades-long effort by artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude to bring their ambitious work of art The Gates, Central Park, New York City 1979-2005, to fruition,” tomorrow. From the press release:

Featuring meetings and conversations between Christo and Jeanne-Claude and government officials of the City of New York from 1979 through 2005, The Gates follows the artists’ 26-year commitment to transform the winter darkness of the park into a garden of light and color, bringing art to the people of New York City.

The screening, which is at Gracie Mansion, is invite only, so unless you’re a very important person, chances are you’ll have to wait until Feb. 26, when The Gates premiers on HBO, to relive that exciting moment when Central Park looked like one big orange safety vest. But in the meantime, you can read a synopsis of The Gates on the HBO Documentary Films Web site.