The next scheduled event in conjunction with the Ai Weiwei exhbition at the Arcadia University Art Gallery is “Rumors from the Desert,” a lecture by Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss, an architect with Normal Architecture Office (NAO) in Philadelphia, on March 23 at 6:30 p.m. in Stiteler Auditorium, Murphy Hall. A reception in the Art Gallery will immediately follow the lecture.
Arcadia University Art Gallery is pleased to present “Ai Weiwei: Dropping the Urn (Ceramic Works, 5000 BCE – 2010 CE),” a solo exhibition of works by Chinese, Beijing-based artist Ai Weiwei (b. 1957).
Philadelphia-based Weiss was one of 100 international architects invited by Ai (under the aegis of the firm of Herzog & de Meuron) to design a villa for a residential development in Ordos, Inner Mongolia. Weiss’ lecture will reflect his “engagement, cultural and disciplinary context of making a better city in 21st century.” Weiss is an Assistant Professor in architecture at Temple University. Weiss is an architect and founder of Normal Architecture Office as well as founding member of School of Missing Studies network. He explores architecture in relation to contemporary geo-politics and specifically the role of architecture in emerging democracy.
His books: Almost Architecture and Lost Highway Expedition Photobook explore architecture vis-à-vis emerging democratic processes taking Europe’s South East as a source model of spatial knowledge. Weiss’ design experience includes collaborating with Richard Gluckman, Herzog & de Meuron Architects as well as artists Jenny Holzer, Robert Wilson and Marjetica Potrc. His design activism includes saving socialist spaces of recreation from rampant neo-liberalism with an ongoing project to preserve and adapt an existing handball stadium in Novi Sad, Vojvodina, Serbia into a youth centre. Selected by Herzog & de Meuron Architects, Weiss and NAO designed one of the houses to be built in the new city of Ordos, in Inner Mongolia, Republic of China. He is one of the authors from Harvard Guide to Shopping, edited by Koolhaas et.al. published by Taschen Gmbh. Currently Weiss is preparing a book on Architecture of Balkanization supported by Research Architecture at Goldsmiths College in London.
Co-curated by Gallery Director Richard Torchia and Gregg Moore, artist and Associate Professor of Art and Design at Arcadia University, the exhibition is the first solo show by Ai Weiwei to be presented in the United States outside of New York City. Read more about the exhibition.