Ai Weiwei Brought a Refugee Camp to Soho

Ai Wewei’s “Laundromat.” Photo: Bobby Doherty/New York Magazine

On November 5, Ai Weiwei’s “Laundromat” opens at Jeffrey Deitch’s Wooster Street space — an installation of 2,046 items the artist (and outspoken Chinese dissident) collected on a visit to an abandoned refugee camp on the Greek-Macedonian border. When the migrants left the camp in a rush, boots and pants and sneakers and sweaters were left behind. Ai gathered them together, washed them, ironed and folded and organized them, then had them shipped to New York, where they make up just one of four shows he’s opening simultaneously less than a week before election day.

*A version of this article appears in the November 14, 2016, issue of New York Magazine.