Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Christo (Christo Javacheff) (American, b. Bulgaria, 1935)

Orange Store Front, 1964

Painted wood, Masonite, Plexiglas, galvanized metal, pegboard, fabric, and electric lights

112-1/2 x 101-1/8 x 23-7/8 in. (285.8 x 256.8 x 60.6 cm)

Gift of Natalie and Irving Forman

Christo’s early works defied convention by adopting non-art, often industrial found objects, and by suggesting connections with real-life situations. In this work, which uses a fragment of a storefront found in downtown New York, fabric obscures the windows, evoking mystery and implying life within. The drapery recalls Christo’s technique of packaging and wrapping as a way to make objects mysterious and marvelous, relating this work to other sculptures and installations that he has designed and produced since the early 1960s.