BAM Unbound: Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei author photoBAM Unbound: Ai Weiwei
In conversation with Debbie Millman
Wednesday, November 10, 7:00PM
Launch of 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows
Co-presented by BAM, Greenlight Bookstore, and PEN America
Part of the Fall 2021 Unbound series
Tickets start at $30

Please note: This event was originally scheduled for Tue, Nov 2 at 7:30pm

Some tickets include a signed copy of 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows to be picked up at the event

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“One of the most important artists working in the world today”—Financial Times

Join world-renowned artist and human rights activist Ai Weiwei on the release date of his highly anticipated memoir, 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows. While being held by Chinese authorities in 2011, Ai Weiwei decided to write a memoir about his extraordinary life and the legacy of his father Ai Qing, the nation’s most celebrated poet who was banished from society. At once ambitious and intimate, 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows serves as a timely reminder of the urgent need to protect freedom of expression.

Ai Weiwei is one of the world’s most important living artists. Born in 1957, his sculptures and installations invite audiences to examine society at a deeper level. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2008 Chinese Contemporary Art Award; the 2015 Ambassador of Conscience Award from Amnesty International; and the 2012 Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent from the Human Rights Foundation. He lives in Cambridge, UK.


This event will adhere to protocols developed in accordance with New York State regulations and in consultation with medical professionals for the safety of our artists, audiences, and staff. 

The safety of BAM's audiences, staff, and artistic community is their top priority. All guests must show proof of vaccination at the entry points and masks must be worn at all times. Please visit BAM’s safety protocol page for the most up-to-date information.

1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows cover imageSome tickets include a copy of 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows to be picked up at the event

Event date: 

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
30 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217

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