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MUSIC Original Musical Composition to Accompany Ai Weiwei’s Zodiac Heads JULY 2 – OCTOBER 11, 2015 We are excited to host an immersive sonic space experience for visitors viewing Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals: Zodiac Heads on our Sculpture Trail this summer. Never before have the Zodiac Heads been exhibited on a natural “stage” with a backdrop of mountains and meandering creek. Nor have they previously been paired with a world-class musical composition that enhances the experience while offering interpretive insight. The recorded audio composition is delivered via outdoor speakers to all who enter the art installation area. Instrumentation referencing traditional Chinese music is integrated with field recordings of zodiacanimal vocalizations such as the tiger’s roar, snake’s hiss and rooster’s crow. The soundscape encourages visitors to linger and appreciate each of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac. The creator of the sonic space, Susie Ibarra, is a renowned composer, percussionist and educator whose immersive music explores rhythm, indigenous practices and interaction with the natural world. She is committed to projects that build community via traditional music and indigenous culture. Ibarra is co-founder of the digital music company, Song of the Bird King, which has an emphasis on the cultural preservation of indigenous music and its ecology. National Museum of Wildlife Art | WildlifeArt.org PROCESS The Making of Full Circle: Ai Weiwei and the Emperor’s Fountain and Open Studio THROUGH OCTOBER 11, 2015 This auxiliary exhibition extends the exhibition experience indoors in the Museum’s Wapiti Gallery. This companion exhibit features interpretive panels, and videos that contextualize the Zodiac Heads and give insight into the bronze-casting process. Open Studio offers art making for all ages, encouraging visitors to tap into their own artistic creativity: custom rubber stamps for designing postcards featuring personal zodiac signs, instructions and materials for practicing the ancient tradition of Chinese paper cutting, and pliable sculpting wax for modeling fantastical dragons or an easygoing rabbit. FILM Outdoor Movie Screening of Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry WEDNESDAY, JULY 29 AT 8:30 pm In the shadow of Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals: Zodiac Heads, we will screen this award-winning documentary film about the artist by director Alison Klayman. As a PBS and NPR reporter, Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. The film chronicles the artist as he prepares for a series of exhibitions and gets into an escalating series of clashes with the Chinese government. Ai has been called the “Beijing Andy Warhol” for his ability to shock people and challenge traditions. Director Klayman received a special jury prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for this exciting documentary. – Jane Lavino, Sugden Family Curator of Education and Exhibits Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads will be on exhibit through October 11, 2015. Visit WildlifeArt.org to learn more. This exhibition is made possible with a gift from the Mays Family Foundation and other generous Museum patrons. ZODIAC HEADS WORLD TOUR The National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States is honored to be bringing Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads World Tour to Wyoming after exhibitions in: Mexico City Chicago London Toronto New York Washington, DC Los Angeles 26 SPECIAL LODGING PACKAGES Traveling to Jackson to experience Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads at the Museum? Take advantage of special National Museum of Wildlife Art, hotel packages including discounted admission passes. All packages are subject to availability, and prices may be adjusted at the discretion of the hotel. Packages include general admission to the Museum, as well as special offers in our Museum Shop, at the Rising Sage Café and more. WildlifeArt.org/hotelpackages OPEN YOUR EYES to the total experience of Ai Weiwei’s Zodiac Heads MUSIC + PROCESS + FILM “Never before have the Zodiac Heads been exhibited on a natural “stage” with a backdrop of mountains and meandering creek... or paired with a world-class musical composition...”


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