Ai Wei Wei Trace

Ai Weiwei, installation view of Ai Weiwei: Trace at Hirshhorn at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 2017. Photo: Cathy Carver.

Artist Spotlight

Ai Weiwei: Trace—Mobile Guide

Available now

About the Program

Explore the Skirball’s presentation of Ai Weiwei: Trace online! Created by Ai Weiwei (b. Beijing, 1957), one of the world’s most provocative and socially engaged artists, the exhibition—which features three of the original installation’s six floor panels—portrays individuals from more than twenty-five countries around the world whom the artist and various human rights groups consider to be activists, prisoners of conscience, and advocates of free speech.

Learn the harrowing stories of each individual represented in Trace at the Skirball, listen to audio from the artist and curator, and more! Available in both English and Spanish. 

The mobile guide features:

  • A welcome and introduction by Skirball President and CEO, Jessie Kornberg
  • An exhibition overview by Skirball curator Yael Lipschutz
  • Recorded excerpts of interviews with Ai Weiwei and his studio assistant, Wu Tun, on the making of the exhibition and the role of artists in society
  • Information on each of the eighty-three prisoners of conscience featured in the LEGO® floor panels that comprise the Skirball’s presentation of Ai Weiwei: Trace

Donor Support

The exhibition Ai Weiwei: Trace and its related educational programs are made possible by support from the following Lead Donor:

Steve Tisch Family Foundation
Along with generous support from the following donors:

Billie B. and Steven G. Fischer Foundation
Chara Schreyer and Gordon Freund