ALPHAWOOD PRESENTS: A CONVERSATION WITH AI WEIWEI
Alphawood Foundation presents world-famous artist and dissident Ai Weiwei in conversation with Melissa Chiu, Director of the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. A Conversation with Ai Weiwei is being presented in conjunction with the exhibition opening of the Artist’s monumental work, Trace, which explores themes of incarceration of citizens by governments around the world, and will be presented in Chicago by Alphawood. The work is inspired by Ai Weiwei’s own imprisonment in China.
For nearly three decades, Ai Weiwei has redefined the roles of artist and activist. His conscience-driven body of work ventures far beyond the art world into the realm of modern politics, addressing the movement of refugees, government conflicts, incarceration, and perceived injustice. Despite, or because of, his unorthodox approach to art-making and his expanding social and media savvy, he is arguably among the most well-known living artists in the world. In the past year alone, he has opened more than ten international exhibitions and was recently named one of Wall Street Journal Magazine’s 2016 Innovators of the Year.
To everyone who visited Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties in the past months, we say a heartfelt THANK YOU! This exhibition told a powerful and important story about our history—a story that needs to be told at this particular time in our country.
Then They Came for Me is open at the International Center of Photography in New York through May 6, 2018.
We invite you to view the websites for Then They Came for Me and our earlier exhibition, Art AIDS America. We intend to keep a digital archive of both of these exhibitions available for everyone to use.
Alphawood Gallery is now closed, but Alphawood Exhibitions is hard at work on another exhibition that will debut in 2018 at another location. Watch for details soon!