In celebration of its 40th anniversary, non-profit arts organization Public Art Fund is presenting “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors,” a citywide exhibition of large and small scale installations in New York by artist Ai Weiwei. Addressing the international migration crisis and current global geopolitical landscape by using security fences as an artistic symbol, the exhibit will be on view through February 11, 2018.
“Good Fences Make Good Neighbors” features site-specific interventions across the New York. Installations are featured in Central Park and Washington Square Park in Manhattan, and the Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, and are also joined by site-specific interventions on top of and in between private buildings located at 48 East 7th Street, 189 Chrystie Street, 248 Bowery, and The Cooper Union. Moreover, a series of new flagpole-mounted works are featured at the Essex Street Market while sculptural interventions can be seen around JCDecaux bus shelters. In addition to these site-specific works, Weiwei created a new series of 200 unique two-dimensional banners that will appear in all five boroughs on lampposts.
“Ai Weiwei is unique in having combined the roles of preeminent contemporary artist, political dissident, and human rights activist in such a prominent and powerful way,” said Public Art Fund Director & Chief Curator Nicholas Baume. “In many ways, Good Fences Make Good Neighbors is the culmination of his work to date. It grows out of his personal experience of ‘otherness,’ his distinguished practice as both artist and architect, as well as his intensive research on the international refugee crisis and global rise of nationalism. At the same time, his long and formative history with New York has been deeply influential in the development of this exhibition.”