Right now at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, two people at a time are sitting for hour-long silent stints in protest of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s imprisonment. The protest began yesterday at 11 a.m. and will continue until 11 a.m. today.
The internationally acclaimed artist, perhaps best known for his direction of the “Bird’s Nest” stadium used in the Beijing Olympics, was detained April 3 in Beijing as he tried to get on a plane to Hong Kong. The reasons for his arrest are unclear; the arrest has created a stir in the international art community.
The local museum recently acquired Weiwei’s “Marble Chair” sculpture, providing a poignant setting for the protest. You can see images of the sit-in on the MCASD Facebook page.
Here’s an interview from NBC San Diego’s The Feast, where the museum’s chief curator, Kathryn Kanjo, explains the piece the museum acquired and describes Weiwei’s significance as an artist. Also featured in the clip is local artist (and friend of mine) Wes Bruce, who sat in the first shift of the museum’s protest: