Ai Weiwei: New York Photographs 1983-1993 - Asia Society Museum

Date: 06/29/11 through 08/14/11
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m-6:00 p.m. and Friday from 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m
Price: Free
725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street) - 646.490.6446
New York City, NY 10021

Description: The Asia Society Museum presents an exhibition of 227 photographs taken by Ai Weiwei from 1983-1993 capturing the history, culture, and atmosphere of New York from his unique perspective. Before Ai Weiwei became internationally recognized as an artist and activist, he lived in a tiny apartment in New York's East Village, and was a prominent member of a community of expatriate Chinese artists and intellectuals in the neighborhood's then burgeoning avant-garde scene. From 1983 to 1993, the artist used his camera to document his life and work, his surroundings, and the atmosphere of the time. The photographs document a distinct era in New York, as seen through Ai Weiwei's eyes, tracing the beginnings of his conceptual art practice. They depict East Village poetry readings, riots in Tompkins Square Park, drag queens at Wigstock, and well-known artists and intellectuals from China, such as filmmaker Chen Kaige, composer Tan Dun and artist Xu Bing