1,000 Years of Joys and Sorrows

Artist Ai Weiwei studied at The League in the early 1980s. Since then he’s gone on to international fame with his socially conscious and political art. Recently he was interviewed by political commentator Margaret Hoover on “Firing Line,” which is described as “a refreshing reprisal of William F. Buckley’s iconic PBS program, a smart, civil and engaging contest of ideas.” ⁠

As you can see in the episode, Ai was entering our building on 57th street heading to our main gallery where the interview was filmed. ⁠

In the nearly half hour exchange, they touch on his time at The League and spend the bulk of the meeting discussing “resisting authoritarianism in China and beyond, whether the West can handle China’s rising influence, and his latest act of self-expression, his memoir.”⁠

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