Take a Day Trip to Ai Weiwei’s Artfarm!


Are you yearning for some urning? (Coca-Cola Urn by Ai Weiwei)

Do you live in New York City and have you been dying to see Artfarm upstate in Salt Point, N.Y., which was commissioned from HHF Architects and renowned Chinese artist/architect, Ai Weiwei, in 2006? Well, my carless and careless New Yorkers, I think you should heavily consider taking the daytrip planned by Museum of Chinese in America! It’s this Sunday!

Sun, Jun 12 from 11am – 5pm
Escape the city and explore ArtFarm in bucolic Hudson Valley.

On Sunday, June 12, spend a leisurely afternoon at Artfarm with a guided tour of the galleries, enjoy a relaxing lunch in a rustic setting and meet new friends!

About Artfarm
Built as a storage facility and annex to Chambers Fine Art, Artfarm was commissioned from HHF Architects and renowned Chinese artist/architect, Ai Weiwei, whose latest work,”Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads” was recently unveiled outside the Plaza Hotel at Fifth Avenue and 59th Street. During the guided tour, participants will have the opportunity to view artworks by Ai Weiwei in the collection.

 

Artfarm consists of three interconnected structures built on sloping land that houses storage space, offices and a gallery on the lowest level. Artfarm’s galleries house objects from Chambers Fine Art New York and from owner Christophe Mao‘s private collection. As described by the architects: “The outer shape is a consequence of the use of a pre-engineered and easy to assemble type of steel building, which often gets used for agricultural purposes in that area. With its abstract metallic appearance the structure becomes an equal member of a whole group of sculptures which are spread out in the landscape.” The severity of the steel structure contrasts not only with the gently rolling landscape but also with the exposed surface of the heavy insulation that is such an unexpected feature of the interior. The effectiveness of the building results from a series of contrasts, between the rustic setting and the minimal form as well as between the rigid light-reflecting exterior and the softly draped interior. For their design of ArtFarm, HHF Architects was awarded the Gold Medal for the annual “Best Architects 10” prize in 2009.

Schedule:
11:00am Depart from MOCA
1:00pm Guided Tour of Artfarm
1:45pm Lunch/Outdoor Exploration
3:00pm Depart
5:00pm Arrive at MOCA

Tickets: $45 per MOCA member; $60 per non-member guest.
Ticket price includes transportation to and from Artfarm by private coach, a guided tour and boxed lunch. Advance registration REQUIRED at programs@mocanyc.org


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