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WEDNESDAY

Watch Christo and Jeanne-Claude in On the Way to Over the River, and it seems as if they could be the first conceptual-art team to fit right in at Dischord. “I will never do anything for some reason,” says he; “Our work is a scream of freedom,” says she. Yet Wolfram and Jorg Daniel Hissen’s short documentary also reveals what’s not so punk about the two artists. Where once they wrapped things in the art-world equivalent of thick brown paper, making them homely, bulky, and threatening, they now drape things in shimmering, brightly hued fabrics, rendering them innocuously beautiful. That’s the plan for Over the River, a work in progress that would cover a section of Colorado’s scenic Arkansas River, and for The Gates, the much-publicized Central Park project whose fabrication the film examines. Oh, well; at least Jeanne-Claude’s neon-red hair is still a provocation. The film screens at 12:30 p.m. (see Showtimes for other dates) in the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th Street and Constitution Ave. NW. Free. (202) 842-6799. (Mark Jenkins)