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The artist in contemporary China: Ai Weiwei

Georgetown University Lecture Fund

Thursday, October 4, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)

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A panel discussion featuring Hirshhorn Museum Chief Curator and Deputy Cirector Kerry Brougher, Tokyo Mori Art Museum Chief Curator Mami Kataoka, Hirshhorn Museum curator Mika Yoshitake and contemporary art curator at The Freer and Sackler Galleries Carol Huh. This event will be moderated by Georgetown University Asian Art Professor Michelle Wang and is held in light of the anticipated “Ai WeiWei: According to What?” retrospective opening at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden three days after.


Ai WeiWei is China’s most famous and controversial artist who has received immense international attention due to his role in Chinese contemporary art. Ai’s open criticism of the Chinese government via his artwork and social media has placed him in an unfavorable situation with the communist party. His artistic role has transformed from one of the three chosen designers of the 2008 Beijing Olympic’s Bird’s Nest stadium, a captive of Chinese officials for two months to an ‘economic criminal’ unable to travel overseas. 


The Lecture Fund, Art and Art History Department, Asian Studies Department and Georgetown University Art Aficionados would like to invite you to join this event which will be followed by a reception where students can meet the acclaimed speakers. 

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Georgetown University McNeir Auditorium New North
37th and O Street NW
Washington, DC 20057

Thursday, October 4, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)

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2012-09-30 20:27:41

Thank you for registering for "The Artist in Contemporary China: Ai Weiwei". 

These are a few resources about Ai Weiwei's work, his political activism and role as an artist in China today. We look forward to your participation in the panel discussion and encourage any suggested questions for our panelists to be emailed earlier to this email:, or posted on the Facebook event.  

Ai Weiwei's column in the Guardian, UK

PBS's feature on Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei's twitter feed (english translation) 

Ai Weiwei's artnet profile 

Ai Weiwei's self-directed films

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry documentary website



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