Join us as we “sit in solidarity”

On Thursday, May 19, MCASD staff and community leaders will participate in a silent yet symbolic event, and we invite you to join us.

Beginning at 11 AM on Thursday, May 19 and continuing through 11 AM on Friday, May 20, volunteer participants will occupy two traditionally styled Chinese chairs for one-hour periods. This 24-hour sit-in references Ai Weiwei’s sculpture series, Marble Chair, two of which are currently on view in Prospect 2011 and were acquired earlier this week by the Museum’s International and Contemporary Collectors.

We invite you to participate by offering an hour of your time to sit in the replica chairs during the 24-hour demonstration. Please RSVP on Facebook or by e-mailing with the subject line “Sitting in Solidarity,” and note your available times.

Internationally acclaimed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was detained April 3 at the Beijing airport as he attempted to board a flight to Hong Kong. MCASD has stood alongside members of the international art community in encouraging action from members, the community and the government to call for the artist’s release.

Read more about Ai Weiwei. To sign the online petition calling for his release,click here.