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A scene from MCASD’s protest for Ai Weiwei

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Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego curator Robin Clark and photographer Philipp Scholz Rittermann sat for one hour at the MCASD to protest the Chinese government’s detention of Ai Weiwei, yesterday. They participated in the museum’s “Sit for Solidarity,” a 24-hour sit-in that both protests China’s treatment of Ai and raises awareness about it.

The “Sit,” which continues through 11am today (PDT), also references Ai’s sculpture series Marble Chair. MCASD recently acquired two chairs from that series. They’re on view now.

I don’t know of an American art museum that has held a more public protest for Ai. MCASD’s response to Chinese authoritarianism contrasts with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ approach, which I discussed with VMFA director Alex Nyerges yesterday. MCASD director Hugh Davies will come on MAN on Monday to discuss how and why his museum chose to protest Ai’s detention.

The above image is stolen from MCASD’s Facebook page, which you may want to “like.”

Related: Rittermann’s images of China’s Grand Canal will be featured in “Emperor’s River,” which opens at MCASD next week. A leading compiler of news about Ai is the indispensable Eyeteeth.

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  2. [...] Last week the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego became the first significant U.S. art museum to organize a community-engaging public protest of China’s imprisonment of artist Ai Weiwei. [...]

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  4. [...] have done little to support and spotlight the plight of art and artists in China. (Exceptions: MCASD and the Hirshhorn, which is moving forward with plans to host an Ai Weiwei survey next summer.) [...]

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