Portrait of Ai Weiwei. Image courtesy of Ai Weiwei Studio.

Portrait of Ai Weiwei. Image courtesy of Ai Weiwei Studio.

AI WEIWEI: TRACE AT HIRSHHORN
CONVERSATION SERIES

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Spotlight on China with The Washington Post’s William Wan
Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, 2:30 p.m.
The Newseum’s Knight TV Studio, Level 3

In partnership with the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Newseum presents a conversation with Washington Post correspondent William Wan on his experience covering China and international human rights.

Wan is the Post’s roving national correspondent, based in Washington, D.C. and previously served for three years as the Post’s China correspondent in Beijing. Wan, who has met and interviewed Ai Weiwei, will discuss the impact of Ai’s art on the world and will discuss human rights conditions in China as well as the impact of Communist Party policies on the people in that country.


In Conversation: Awareness, Action and Dissent (Part I)
Thursday, Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m.
Ring Auditorium, Hirshhorn
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In the spirit of Ai Weiwei’s commitment to driving social and political change, join us for the first installment of “In Conversation: Awareness, Action and Dissent,” an exploration into the power of art to raise awareness and inspire action amid politically and culturally tumultuous times.  Nato Thompson, artistic director of Creative Time, will lead a wide-ranging conversation with headline-making artists Laurie Jo Reynolds, Pedro Reyes, and Paul Ramírez Jonas on how their art directly confronts legislative and social issues, and engages contemporary audiences.


Advocating for Human Rights: A Conversation with Amnesty International’s Margaret Huang
Tuesday, November 14, 7 p.m.
The Newseum’s Knight Conference Center

Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA, talks about her work as an advocate for human rights and racial justice. Ai Weiwei has teamed with Amnesty International in the past to advance various human rights issues, including last year’s worldwide campaign against cyber censorship. In 2015, the organization presented Ai with the Ambassador of Conscience Award, its top award for human rights. Huang is responsible for advancing the vision and mission of the organization, working with Members of Congress, the United Nations, and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.


In Conversation: Awareness, Action and Dissent (Part II)
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Ring Auditorium, Hirshhorn
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Join us for the second installment of “In Conversation:  Awareness, Action and Dissent” the panel will continue to explore the power of art to raise awareness and inspire action amid politically and culturally tumultuous times. The New Yorker journalist and former Beijing bureau chief Evan Osnos will moderate the discussion between artists Tania Bruguera, Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman.  Bruguera, Thomas and Gottesman have made headlines in both the art world and political world, recently by standing up for freedom of speech and through the creation of the first art based Super PAC.

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