This lecture by pioneering Kusama scholar Alexandra Munroe surveys the artist’s life and art with a focus on the key series and major themes occupying Kusama over seven decades of obsessive production. Arguing for Kusama’s radical originality and how she has challenged and changed the global art establishment, Munroe will reflect anecdotally upon her work with the artist and offer insight into Kusama’s most recent activities, including her astonishing fame. The lecture title refers to a 2019 Kusama painting in the series, My Eternal Soul.
Alexandra Munroe, Ph.D., is Senior Curator, Asian Art and Senior Advisor, Global Arts at the Guggenheim Museum where she leads the Asian Art Initiative, organizing such award-winning exhibitions as Gutai: Splendid Playground and Art and China after 1989. In 1989 at the Center for International Contemporary Arts (CICA), New York, she curated Yayoi Kusama: A Retrospective, the first critical survey of Kusama’s work ever presented.
Culture Summit Abu Dhabi is a forum that convenes leaders from the fields of the arts, heritage, media, museums, public policy and technology, to identify ways in which culture can build bridges and promote positive change. In its 2018 edition, the Culture Summit was attended by 350 delegates from 85 countries.
In this special closing event for Turn It On: China on Film, 2000–2017, join cocurators of Art and China After 1989Alexandra Munroe, Samsung Senior Curator, Asian Art, and Philip Tinari, Director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, as they reflect upon their curatorial experiences and address broader themes in the exhibition and film series that touch upon China from 2007 to the present. The discussion will be moderated by Andrew Solomon, award-winning author and president of PEN America, copresenter of Turn It On. A screening of Ai Weiwei’s Fairytale (2007) immediately follows.
$20, $15 members, $10 students. Refreshments will be available for purchase in The Wrightfrom 5:15–6:30 pm.
Directed by Ai Weiwei艾未未
Mandarin with English subtitles, 153 min.
In 2007 Ai Weiwei took part in Documenta 12 with a participatory event called Fairytale, after the Brothers Grimm who were born in Kassel, the German city that hosts the famed art exhibition. Ai invited 1,001 people from China, many of whom had never been abroad before, to travel to Germany, live in a dormitory of Ai’s design, and freely wander the city and the exhibition. Ai’s studio recruited the applicants from the Internet. He also sent 1,001 Ming period–style wooden chairs, which were arranged throughout the exhibition hall as gathering spaces. Fairytale opens with the project’s inception and takes us through its full enactment, recording the experiences of participants of all backgrounds to create a series of portraits woven together by a single event.
Organized by the Guggenheim Museum in conjunction with Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World. Presented in collaboration with PEN America. Support is provided by The Hayden Family Foundation. A program of the Sackler Center for Arts Education.