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Ai Weiwei (Chinese, b. 1957). Ai Weiwei in the Elevator When Taken into Custody by the Police, 2009. Inkjet print, 5518 x 41516 in. (140 x 105 cm). Courtesy of Ai Weiwei Studio. © Ai Weiwei

Film Series: Ai Weiwei

Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 12–3:30 p.m.
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor

In celebration of the exhibition Ai Weiwei: According to What?, we’re holding special screenings of films about the artist throughout the afternoon.

12 p.m.   Ai Weiwei: Without Fear or Favour (Matthew Springford, 2010, 55 min.). This BBC One documentary, first broadcast before Ai Weiwei's arrest by the Chinese authorities in April 2011, explores the artist’s creative political expression within the authoritarian society he criticizes through his work.

1:30 p.m.   Art in the Twenty-First Century “Change” (Art21, 2012, 20 min.) and Phil Tinari on Ai Weiwei (Art21, 2014, 2 min.). These shorts focus on Ai Weiwei as an artist responding to a world of transformations—cultural, material, and aesthetic—and actively engaging communities as both collaborators and subjects.

2 p.m.   Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (Alison Klayman, 2012, 91 min.). Director Alison Klayman offers an inside look into Ai Weiwei’s increasingly political work over the past few years, and his use of digital media to express himself as both an international artist and a Chinese activist. Before the film we'll screen a short documentary, developed by The Creators Project, a partnership between Intel and Vice, that explores how the Internet has impacted Ai's work.