On the Airwaves: Ai Weiwei @Large on Alcatraz


APEX Express

He’s one of the world’s most important creative and cultural figures. An artist, architect, curator, and urbanist, Ai Weiwei is also a vocal political activist whose recent installation @Large has come to Alcatraz Island.

Tonight we’ll learn more about Ai Weiwei’s life, influences, the impact he’s had on the art world and on Chinese politics. In studio we’ll be joined by:

  • Nancy Hom: artist, writer, curator and arts consultant whose contributions to the Bay Area arts community span four decades. Born in Toisan, China, she grew up in New York City and moved to San Francisco in 1974.
  • Truong Tran: visual artist and the author of The Book of Perceptionsplacing the accentsdust and consciencewithin the marginfour letter words, and a children’s book, Going Home Coming Home. Truong lives in San Francisco where he teaches poetry at San Francisco State University and Mills College.
  • Christian L. Frock: independent writer and curator based in the Bay Area. Frock’s practice interrogates the intersection of art, daily life, and popular culture through a consideration of art in public spaces. Invisible Venue, the curatorial enterprise founded and directed by Frock since 2005, collaborates with artists to present art in unexpected settings.

For our listeners who haven’t had a chance to see the @Large exhibit first hand, our producer Salima Hamirani will give you a behind the scenes tour.

Community Calendar
11/22 Saturday @ 2 pm @ Bindlestiff Studio in the South of Market San Francisco: Pinay Playwrights Kat Evasco, Darah Macaraeg, Lorna Velasco, and Christina Ying in Conversation. More info at bindlestiffstudio.org

11/23 Sunday @ 2 pm @ SFPL’s Koret Auditorium 100 Larkin St.: Beyond Lumpia, Pancit, and Seven Manangs Wild, the new Filipino American National Historical Society anthology.

Through Saturday 11/22 @ The Punchline 444 Battery St: Comedian Hari Kondabalu. Get a small discount when you use the discount code “cocoabutter” when buying tickets online! More info at punchlinecomedyclub.com

December 1-8: “We All Live in Bhopal”, a series of events including film screenings, panel discussions, art exhibitions, and performances commemorating 30 years of the Union Carbide Gas Disaster in Bhopal, India. For more info visit walib.org

Saturday, December 13th: Elements of Rhythm: Drums of Asia at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center in Oakland Chinatown. For more info visit oacc.cc


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