Art & Conversation

When:
July 16, 2015 @ 9:15 am – 11:15 am
2015-07-16T09:15:00-07:00
2015-07-16T11:15:00-07:00
Ai Weiwei, Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold
Ai Weiwei, Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold, 2010, Bronze with gold patina, Dimensions variable. Private Collection. Images courtesy of Ai Weiwei.

Join Mike Murawski, Director of Education and Public Programs, for an exploration of Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold. The installation consists of a dozen gilded bronze sculptures representing the animal symbols from the traditional Chinese zodiac.

The artist drew inspiration for the 12 heads from those originally located at Yuanming Yuan (Old Summer Palace), an imperial retreat of palaces and European-style gardens built outside of Beijing in the 18th and 19th centuries by Emperor Qianlong. Designed and engineered by two European Jesuits, Giuseppe Castiglione and Michel Benoit, the heads originally functioned as an ornate fountain clock that would spout water at two-hour intervals.

Coffee at 9:15 a.m.; lecture at 10:15am. This series is free for adults 55 and over.

Accessibility

The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for the lecture.
Please email access@pam.org 2-3 weeks in advance, or call 503-226-2811.