Ai Weiwei: According to What? at Brooklyn Museum
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The first North American survey of the work of provocative Chinese conceptual artist, sculptor, photographer, filmmaker, and activist Ai Weiwei. This will be the first large-scale museum exhibition of Ai's work in New York and the final presentation on the exhibition's tour. The Brooklyn Museum will include several major works not seen in previous venues.
Included among the new material is S.A.C.R.E.D., making its first appearance in North America since it debuted to critical acclaim during the Venice Biennale in 2013. Ai created this monumental work in response to his 81-day imprisonment by Chinese authorities in 2011. Each of the six iron boxes that make up the piece contains lifelike fiberglass dioramas of detailed scenes painstakingly reproduced from memory. The work documents and reveals the most painful and intimate moments of Ai's imprisonment, from periods of interrogation to such daily activities as eating, sleeping, showering, and using the toilet. The Brooklyn presentation will also feature a stunning site-specific installation of bicycles. This installation is part of a series of works by Ai using bicycles that is related to his childhood experience and to the bicycle's relevance to the lives of most Chinese people. Also making its debut is an installation of photographs and the personal belongings of Ye Haiyan, a women's rights activist who has been systematically targeted by authorities for her advocacy on behalf of female Chinese sex workers and evicted from her home numerous times. The exhibition will also premiere Stay Home!-- Ai's documentary about Liu Ximei, who contracted AIDS as a child after being given an HIV-contaminated blood transfusion at a Chinese hospital.
Venue Description: Open Wed., Fri.-Sun., 11am-6pm; Thurs., 11am-10pm; First Saturday of each month (except September), 5-11pm. $12; $8, students and seniors (62 & over). Under 19, free (as of 9/3/2014).