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Ai Weiwei: Dropping the Urn


Museum of Contemporary Craft (map) Northwest
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through Oct. 30 2010

Museum of Contemporary Craft

Ai Weiwei is as much an agitator and activist as he is an artist and craftsman. He's been compared to Andy Warhol, and some of his pieces certainly recall the poppy Factory style in hue and commercial reference, but Ai's working from a background that could hardly be more dissimilar. Dropping the Urn, on view now, focuses on Ai's ceramic vessels. Many of the pieces were originally traditional vessels from the Neolithic era—ancient yet common jugs that Ai dipped and dripped in bright, contrasting colors, leaving the original patterns partially visible, appealing at once to modern and traditional sensibilities. Weiwei's desecrations have made him one of the most controversial artists working today. As a representative of a generation that learned Western culture in one nonlinear deluge after China reopened its doors, his perspective will be important for decades, if not centuries, to come. MARJORIE SKINNER

Museum of Contemporary Craft

724 NW Davis, Portland, OR 97209
Hours: Tue–Sun 11am-6pm, Thu 11am-8pm

Venue Hours
  • Tue–Sun 11am-6pm, Thu 11am-8pm
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This event is in the past.
  • Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through Oct. 30 2010
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