Christo (born Javashev Christo) is best known for producing enormous packaging projects: he wraps parks, buildings, and entire outdoor landscapes. Christo has collaborated with his wife, Jean-Claude for over 40 years on these projects. The two earn the huge amounts of money required to execute their
Meredith Monk's eclectic mix of movement, philosophy, musical
effects, and high theatrics has its roots in her smorgasbord
approach to dance training. Considered both a leading
Postmodern choreographer and a pioneer in
interdisciplinary performance, Monk draws on a varied education that included
Playwright, professor, and Performance artist Anna Deveare Smith grounds her avant-garde theater in the infinitely strange world of reality. "I look for the poem that the person is," Smith says of the real-people inspirations for her dramatic characters. Instead of creating intricate backgrounds for
Smithson is best known for his large-scale earthworks -- including "Spiral Jetty" (located in the Great Salt Lake, Utah), "Broken Circle," and "Spiral Hill" (both in a Holland quarry) -- in which he reshapes landscapes in a way that recalls both the forces of nature and ancient archeological sites.