Bunny and Charles Burson Visiting Artist Lecture: Q&A with Ai Weiwei

September 26, 2019
5:30 pm
Edison Theatre

Free; reservations required

Join us for a Q&A with the renowned Chinese dissident artist and activist Ai Weiwei, in conjunction with the exhibition Ai Weiwei: Bare Life. Sabine Eckmann, William T. Kemper Director and Chief Curator, will host a conversation on the artist’s wide-ranging practice, including his concern for human rights and the global condition of humanity and his profound engagement with Chinese culture past and present, especially the radical shifts that have characterized China in the new millennium.

Reserving your tickets

The Q&A is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

Kemper Circle Fellows (donors at $2,500+): reserve up to two assigned seats by contacting or 314.935.5860 through September 5.

Museum members and WashU students: advance tickets (limit two) are available August 29–30 via the Edison Theatre website or on-campus box office. Tickets are first-come, first-served, and space is not guaranteed. Members will receive a promo code via email prior to August 29 to access advance ticket reservations.

General public: tickets are available beginning August 31 via the Edison Theater website or on-campus box office. Should Edison Theatre reach capacity, overflow seating will be available in Steinberg Auditorium for a livestream broadcast of the Q&A.

Questions? Call 314.935.8243.

About the artist

Ai Weiwei’s work has been exhibited at major venues around the world, including recently at the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City (2019), Israel Museum in Jerusalem (2017), the National Gallery Prague (2017), the Sakıp Sabancı Museum in Istanbul (2017), the Taipei Fine Arts Museum (2011), and the Tate Modern in London (2010). In 2017 he was commissioned to create a citywide installation, Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, for New York City’s Public Art Fund. His many honors include Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award (2015), the inaugural Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent (2012), and the Chinese Contemporary Art Award for Lifetime Achievement (2008). Read more >>

Image credit

Ai Weiwei (Chinese, b. 1957), Illumination, 2009. Lambda print mounted on aluminum, 49 5/8 x 66 1/8" (126 x 168 cm). Courtesy of Ai Weiwei Studio.