ART OFF THE WALL: Ai Weiwei, Salsa Party & 'Summer School' Among July 2014 Public Programs at the Brooklyn Museum

Thursday/Tuesday, July 10 & 15 and July 17 & 22

Summer School with Pioneer Works

Classes are $45, which includes admission to the Museum and a ticket to the exhibition Ai Weiwei: According to What?. Advance registration is required at

This summer the Brooklyn Museum is partnering with Pioneer Works to present a series of classes, inspired by the Museum's exhibitions and collections, that explore how artists perceive, access, and approach ideas through the use of diverse tools. Each class takes place in two sessions, one at the Brooklyn Museum and the other at Pioneer Works in Red Hook.

Classes Offered:

The History of Visualization (From Camera Obscura to 3-D Printing)

Thursday, July 10, at Brooklyn Museum; Tuesday, July 15, at Pioneer Works

A class led by Robyn Renee Hasty and David Sheinkopf that explores the interrelationship between technology and the way we view the world. From the fifteenth-century camera obscura to the desktop 3-D printer in the twenty-first century, technology has revolutionized art and design. In the first session, we will cover the history of these developments through demonstrations and materials in the Brooklyn Museum archive. During the second session, participants will experiment with lenses, optics, drawing machines, projection, camera obscura, and 3-D scanning and printing. Advance registration is required at

Tools for Impossible Ideas (Approaching Civic Freedom through Public Art)

Thursday, July 17, at Brooklyn Museum; Tuesday, July 22, at Pioneer Works

This class led by Nancy Nowacek examines relationships between people and public space, how the city can be used as a framework for imagination, and definitions of public space and "the public." The first session will explore the methods and strategies behind a selected group of public art projects. In the second session, participants will collaborate on a project that puts these strategies to work. Advance registration is required at


Admission: Contribution $12; students with valid I.D. and seniors $8. Free to members and children under 12 accompanied by an adult. Group tours or visits must be arranged in advance by calling extension 234.

Directions: Subway: Seventh Avenue express (2 or 3) to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum stop; Lexington Avenue express (4 or 5) to Nevins Street, cross platform and transfer to the 2 or 3. Bus: B41, B69, B48. On-site parking available.

Museum Hours: Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; first Saturday of each month, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Pictured: Ai Weiwei (Chinese, b. 1957). Ai Weiwei, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 1983. Courtesy of Ai Weiwei Studio. © Ai Weiwei.