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Directed by Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Giffard

1974 24 mins.

Christo and Jean Claude’s first monumental landscape project in the West was made of nine tons of orange nylon polymide fabric. The Valley Curtain stretched a quarter-mile and 365 feet above Rifle Gap, Colorado. Although it was up for only a day, skeptical locals, including baffled iron workers who strung its four steel cables, gained a new understanding of what art can be, even if it only exists in memory. Nominated for an Academy Award.

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.