Friday, December 26, 2014

Philadelphia Museum staff dances to support Ai Weiwei

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei's parody of PSY's K-Pop hit "Gangnam Style" has been blocked from Chinese websites, and in response, London artist Anish Kapoor produced his own video, and has asked others to respond with a similar show of support.

Philadelphia Museum staff dances to support Ai Weiwei

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei's parody of PSY's K-Pop hit "Gangnam Style" has been blocked from Chinese websites, and in response, London artist Anish Kapoor produced his own video, and has asked others to respond with a similar show of support.

Here, about 40 members of the Philadelphia Museum of Art's staff weigh in with their own "Gangnam Style." The dance was led by Tracy Carter (blond in the front center) of the development department, with American art curator Kathleen A. Foster, members of human resources, marketing/communications, visitor services and education.

Elton John dedicated a recent Beijing concert to Ai.

See Ai Weiwei's video, and the original source of the parody, 강남스타일. It has become YouTube's most watched video of all time.

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

Reach Peter at pdobrin@phillynews.com.

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