It’s curtains for the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The New York Times reports this morning that the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude will give the museum a collection of artwork associated with the “Running Fence.”

The 1976 art installation, a curtain of white nylon panels 18-feet high, stretched across 24.5 miles of Sonoma County and Marin County countryside – all the way from Cotati to the Pacific Ocean.

As with all of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s projects, the “Running Fence” was not without critics – some focused on art and some on politics. As someone who was there, I can only say that I thought it was beautiful. Imagine a curtain of translucent white snaking across the shimmering gold hillsides of late summer. The politics was entertaining, too – months and months of hearings before a host of county, regional, state and federal agencies.

To read the New York Times report, click here.