September 25 2012, 07:30pm
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Disturbing the Peace by Ai Weiwei


Disturbing the Peace by Ai Weiwei

Ai documents the horrendous experience of the witnesses for the trial of the civil rights advocate Tan Zuoren, who investigated government corruption after school buildings collapsed during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, killing thousands of students. Tan was charged with “inciting subversion of state power” and sentenced to five years in prison. During the trial, witnesses, including Ai himself, were harassed and detained by the police. (2009, Dir. Ai, 78 min.)

Writer and critic Danielle Shang will moderate a post-screening discussion with independent curator Jeff Kelley and Los Angeles Times arts writer David Ng.

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-8:00PM

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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