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.
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SUMMER LECTURE SERIES | ALEXANDRA MUNROE
August 17, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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In anticipation of the Guggenheim Museum’s fall show,Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World, lead exhibition curator Alexandra Munroe will discuss an aspect of the show as it relates to Watermill’s ambitions. Since the early 2000s, several multi-year, communal projects led by artists, critics, curators, and activists emerged around China. Artists and collectives from Second Life creator Cao Fei, to activist Ai Weiwei created their own asylums, sanctuaries, and laboratories to carry out direct action to effect real change. In doing so, they were at the crest of a broad international current of artist-activists pushing for participatory, process-based, archive-intensive, and socially-engaged practices beyond the white-cube gallery to launch real-world change. As with earlier revolutionary programs in China’s modern history, each destroying one order to erect a more just one, the countryside was where it all unfolded. The common medium was now the Internet, a newly ideal space to act out new kinds of social orders.