Presented by Public Art Fund and The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.
One of the leading cultural figures of his generation who is recognized for the artistic influence and profound social impact of his work, Ai Weiwei has built a remarkable interdisciplinary career across a variety of media. He inhabits many roles, including those of sculptor, architect, filmmaker, photographer, writer, publisher, curator, and activist. In each of these outlets he explores the dynamics of institutional power and draws attention to urgent humanitarian crises and civil liberties violations through resonant images and installations.
Ai’s talk at The Cooper Union marks the opening of Public Art Fund’s citywide exhibition Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, and will be the focus of his conversation with Public Art Fund Director & Chief Curator, Nicholas Baume. Inspired by the international migration crisis and current global geopolitical landscape, the exhibition will transform the security fence into a powerful social and artistic symbol with interventions across the city. Taking on monumental sculpture, site-specific interventions on top of and in between private buildings, lamppost banners, and bus shelters, this project engages a diverse range of sites in all five boroughs, including a large scale installation on the North facade of The Cooper Union’s iconic Foundation Building.
Good Fences Make Good Neighbors will be on view October 12, 2017 – February 11, 2018 in various locations across all five boroughs.