Though Ai Weiwei’s new art project, @LARGE, is on Alcatraz, he would be the first to admit no man is an island. A series in solidarity, I’m Weiwei addresses many of the issues that confront this great Chinese artist—basic human rights, free expression, incarceration, abuses of state power—but it does so by examining how an individual’s personal principles connect to a greater cultural good.
Contemporary Ink will present four artists whose distinctive styles represent a contemporary impetus in the practice of ink art. Regarded in China as one of the forms of “high art,” ink painting has maintained its presence over the years in large part due to the technical discipline of artists and art schools that focused on maintaining traditional skills, with a scholarly emphasis on mastery of the medium.
We are pleased to present a retrospective of the work of Hou Hsiao-hsien, “the world’s greatest working narrative filmmaker” (J. Hoberman), who first came to prominence as a key figure of the New Taiwan Cinema movement of the 1980s. Our series begins in October with Hou’s early works, including screenings of his first three, extremely rare commercial films.
An eye-opening look at the largely unknown ancient past of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, this exhibition draws on recently discovered archaeological material never before seen in the United States. Roads of Arabia features objects excavated from several sites throughout the Arabian Peninsula, tracing the impact of ancient trade routes and pilgrimage roads stretching from Yemen in the south to Iraq and Mediterranean cultures in the north. Elegant alabaster bowls and fragile glassware, heavy gold earrings and Hellenistic bronze statues testify to a lively mercantile and cultural interchange among distant civilizations.