September 25 2012, 11:00am
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Chang’an Boulevard by Ai Weiwei


Chang’an Boulevard by Ai Weiwei

Screening runs from 11AM-8PM.

The film is a record of Chang’an Boulevard at a sequence of measured distances along its 45 kilometers length from east to west. At each measured increment, the artist records a single frame for one minute. The whole film is composed of 608 one-minute segments. The length of the film is 10 hours and 13 minutes. Beijing, the capitol of China for over 600 years, has a prime architectural orientation and order to its urban fabric. The structure of the city is divided in half by Chang’an Boulevard along the east-west axis. After 1949, Chang’an Boulevard and the heart of the city, Tiananmen Square, became China’s main cultural political center and landmark.

The film records the city through the transformation of urban landscape. The act of recording is minimal: it is filmed in a peaceful, quiet manner, focusing on the nature of time and pure observation. The work reveals Beijing as an organic whole, capturing the rhythms of the city, its social structure, cityscape, socialist-planned economy, capitalist market, political power center, commercial buildings, and industrial units as pieces of a multi-layered urban collage.


The Hammer presents three days of documentaries about and by China’s most famous international artist and its most outspoken domestic critic—Ai Weiwei. Ai’s detainment for three months in a secret detention center sparked a global outcry from human rights activists and the art world.

Never Sorry

Monday, September 24 | 7:30PM

Chang'an Boulevard
Tuesday, September 25 | 11:00AM-8:000PM

Disturbing the Peace
Tuesday, September 25 | 7:30PM

Beijing The Second Ring & The Third Ring
Wednesday, September 26 | 11:00AM-8:00PM

One Recluse
Wednesday, September 26 | 7:30PM

ALL HAMMER PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE FREE. Hammer members receive priority seating, subject to availability. Reservations not accepted, RSVPs not required.

Parking is available under the museum for $3 after 6:00pm.

Public programs are made possible by Hammer Members and the generosity of Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, Bronya and Andrew Galef, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, and an anonymous donor.


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