One of my favorite things about New York City is the amount of public art you can experience. Much of it is organized by the Public Art Fund and in celebrating their 40th anniversary, Public Art Fund is putting on a massive public art installation throughout New York City by world famous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. The exhibition, Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, is inspired by the tumultuous geopolitical climate of our world today. Weiwei has long been known for his political and often controversial art, and he does not hold back with this newest installation. His goal is to bring attention to the current refugee crisis happening around the world and to try and a give a voice to the millions of displaced people.
I feel this exhibition is very important and powerful, especially right now in the USA. Ai Weiwei does a great job of forcing us to look at very real issues in today’s world, in this case borders, immigrants, refugees, and what it means to belong somewhere. I also love that he has scattered the work all over the city, forcing people to go to certain areas that they may not have ever been before in order to see the pieces. With 300+ pieces throughout all 5 boroughs of New York City, he has made it accessible to everyone, locals and tourists alike.
Find a full list of the locations for all the pieces at the Public Art Fund website. The exhibition will run through February 11, 2018.