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Friday, November 7, 2014

NORTHERN CA | @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz

Date(s): November 7, 2014 - November 9, 2014

Time: All Day

800 Chesnut Street, San Francisco

Clockwise from left: Ai Weiwei in the elevator when taken into custody by the police, Sichuan, China, 2009, photo courtesy the artist; video still from Ya Ta Hey! Alcatraz; After Huang Gongwang 1, 2009, by Michael Cherney (American, b. 1969) and Arnold Chang (American, b. 1954), Photographic inkjet print and ink on paper, image courtesy of the Asian Art Museum; Lucy Lippard. 

Join ArtTable members for a weekend of events in association with Ai Weiwei's landmark installation @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz, a series of site-specific installations exploring human rights and freedom of expression comissionsed by FOR-SITE Foundation, co-presented by ArtTable and the San Francisco Art Institute. Beijing-based artist and activist Ai Weiwei is one of the most prominent cultural figures of the 21st century. His work encompasses sculpture, installation, photography, film, architecture, and social criticism, often responding to conditions in China, including his personal experience of incarceration. Register early to secure your space! Registration for all events is through ArtTable, Inc. Please register by clicking "click to register" on the right hand side of this page. Contact Diana Lynn, Chair, NoCal ArtTable for information about local accommodations or other questions about the weekend, diana6648@mac.com.

November 7-8, 2014
FEE | Members $125 | Guests $150
Limited tickets are available for a weekend package of events in November 2014. This includes tours of the @Large installation on Alcatraz Island; an introductory talk about the @Large project by Cheryl Haines, Executive Director, FOR-SITE Foundation; the films Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case and Ya Ta Hey! Alcatraz; lecture by Lucy Lippard; cocktail reception and dinner with Lucy Lippard, Cheryl Haines, and Blaine Ellis. These programs are at the San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco. FOR-SITE Foundation is a San Francisco non-profit that commissions artwork in public places.

November 9, 2014
FEE | Museum Admission $13 discounted general admission | $10 senior admission

Our final program, a visit to The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 200 Larkin Street, includes docent-led tours of a contemporary exhibition and a farewell brunch. Free with museum admission of $13 discounted general admission, $10 senior admission. Space is limited! 
Register early to secure your space! Registration for all events is through ArtTable, Inc. Please register by clicking "register here" on the right hand side of this page. Contact Diana Lynn, Chair, NC ArtTable for information about local accommodations or other questions about the weekend, diana6648@mac.com.



Friday, November 7, 11:00 am or Saturday, November 8, 11:00 am or 1:00 pm
Tours of @Large on Alcatraz Island
Please indicate which ferry you would like to schedule when completing your registration. Please be sure to arrive ½ hour before departure. Self-guided walking tours will last about two hours.
Directions | Pier 33, Embarcadero

Friday, November 7, 4:00 pm
Introductory Talk about the @Large Project, Cheryl Haines, Executive Director, FOR-SITE Foundation and screenings of Ya Ta Hey! Alcatraz and Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case, followed by a no-host cocktail reception at a nearby restaurant.
Directions | SFAI, 800 Chesnut Street, San Francisco 

Ya Ta Hey! Alcatraz (1971) is an impressionistic documentary chronicling life and work on the island during the nearly two year occupation, from 1969-1971, by a community of Native Americans. Unique among contemporary records of American Indian solidarity from the time, Ya Ta Hey! depicts in empathetic detail the efforts of Native American activist leaders to bring attention and intention to the struggles and aspirations of their people. 
Dirs. Walter Chappell and Blaine Ellis, 27 minutes

Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case (2013) is a documentary that reflects on artist Ai Weiwei's arrest by the Chinese government on bogus tax evasion charges in 2011 and the subsequent year spent on probation during which he fought for his freedom.
Dir. Andreas Johnson, 86 minutes

Friday, November 7, 6:45 pm
Join members and guests for Dutch Treat Cocktails at Fior D'Italia following the screenings. 
Directions | 2237 Mason Street, San Francisco

Saturday, November 8, 7:00 pm
Lucy Lippard Lecture on @Large:  Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz
Cocktail reception and dinner following in SFAI restaurant
Directions | SFAI, 800 Chesnut Street, San Francisco 

Lucy Lippard is an internationally regarded critic, curator, activist, and writer living in Galisteo, New Mexico. For this special engagement, Lippard will consider the contextual and cultural implications of Ai Weiwei's exhibition @Large.  Lippard is known for groundbreaking scholarship and commentary on contemporary art. She was among the first to recognize “dematerialization” trends in conceptual art and was an early champion of feminist art. Lippard has published over 20 books on topics ranging from feminism, art, politics, place, land use, and Native American art. She is the recipient of nine honorary doctorates and numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and two National Endowment for the Arts grants. Lucy was honored with ArtTable's Distinguished Service to the Visual Arts award for her scholarship, and received the College Art Association Distinguished Feminist Award in 2012.

Sunday, November 9, 10:30 am
Visit to The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
Directions | The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco

Farewell brunch reception in the Peterson Room and Garden, followed by docent-led tour of From Two Arises Three: The Collaborative Works of Michael Chang and Arnold Cherney.  Working together since 2009, Chang and Cherney strive to bridge the gap between the traditions of Chinese ink painting and the concerns of contemporary art. Chang’s personal brushwork and Cherney’s granular photographs, which recall the aesthetics of ink painting, meld in this contemporary exhibition.

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