"Fragments" (2005), by Ai Weiwei, assembled from fragments of dismantled Qing Dynasty temples, is on display at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Photo: Hutomo Wicaksono (Hutomo Wicaksono)

I also perused two installations by the Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, whose artistic output has been so overshadowed by his detention by the Chinese government of late that he is at risk of becoming a political figure first and an artist second in the minds of many Westerners. One hopes that taking a long hard look at the objects will help correct this course.