Ai Weiwei: Beijing Photographs 1993 - 2003

FRI, OCT 26, 2018 (1:13)

Artist Ai Weiwei and the MFA Boston’s Matsutaro Shoriki Chair of Art of Asia, Christina Yu Yu, met in Boston for the launch of the book Ai Weiwei: Beijing Photographs 1993–2003 by MIT Press. Opening remarks by Roger Conover, Executive Editor at the MIT Press. The book is an autobiography in pictures. Ai Weiwei is China’s most celebrated contemporary artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. This book offers an intimate look at his world in the years after his return from New York and preceding his imprisonment and global superstardom. The photographs capture the artist’s emergence as the uniquely provocative figure that he is today. With more than 600 carefully sequenced images culled from an archive of more than 40,000 photographs taken by Ai Weiwei, there is no more revealing portrait of his life in China than this. Image: www.flickr.com

+ BIO: Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei is a Chinese contemporary artist and activist. His father’s original surname was written Jiang. Ai collaborated with Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron as the artistic consultant on the Beijing National Stadium for the 2008 Summer Olympics. Born in 1957, he currently resides and works in Beijing. Image: commons.wikimedia.org

+ BIO: Christina Yu Yu

Yu Yu was born and raised in China and attended Wellesley College for her undergraduate studies. She earned her master’s degree from Boston University and completed her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago, with a dissertation focused on paintings from China’s Yuan dynasty. Yu Yu is fluent in Chinese, Japanese and English, and her scholarship on Chinese art has appeared in numerous publications. Yu Yu was selected for the MFA position following an international search. Named director of the USC Pacific Asia Museum in 2014, she led the institution’s transition following a merger with the University of Southern California. In addition to providing a new vision for exhibitions, acquisitions and programs, she spearheaded USC PAM’s first complete inventory and survey of its collection and developed a master plan for a large-scale renovation to transform the museum building from an early 20th-century private residence into a 21st-century public space. Under her tenure, Phase 1, a seismic retrofit, of the master plan, was completed late last year. Yu Yu also led USC PAM’s efforts to advance public programs and broaden local outreach, working to build a bridge between the Pasadena community and students and faculty at USC. Image: www.twitter.com

+ BIO: Roger Conover

Roger Conover is the Executive Editor at MIT Press, where he publishes books on art, architecture, modernism and theory.

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