Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei headshot

“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 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.

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Tickets start at $30. A signed copy of 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows is included for $45 tickets.

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

All attendees must provide proof of vaccination, as well as proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the event.

Protocol is subject to change based on best info from authorities and BAM’s medical consultant. BAM will send full COVID protocol two weeks in advance.

Co-presented by BAM, Greenlight Bookstore, and PEN America.  


1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows book cover

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 PEN America’s 2018 Artistic Expression Award, 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.

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