San Francisco's Newest Art Gallery: Ai Weiwei is Coming to Alcatraz
By: Dan Rosenbaum
You are looking at San Francisco's newest gallery. That's right, it's Alcatraz Island. From September 27 to April 2015, celebrated Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei's high-anticipated exhibition "@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz" will call the island home.
The exhibit will feature seven installations specifically made for the space in four different spaces (three not opened to visitors until now). The works are meant to explore questions of human rights and freedom of expression in the context of incarceration, detainment and protest. Ai Weiwei's Chinese passport is currently revoked, so don't expect him to make an appearance. However, all works were developed in Ai's Beijing studio.
From Ai Weiwei himself:
Ai’s sculpture, sound, and mixed-media works will occupy four locations in the former prison: the New Industries Building, A Block, the Hospital, and the Dining Hall. With the exception of the Dining Hall, these spaces are usually off limits to the public, but all will be open throughout the run of this unprecedented exhibition. Revealing unexpected perspectives on Alcatraz and its layered legacy, @Large prompts visitors to consider the implications of incarceration and the possibilities of art as an act of conscience.
Tickets for @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz are on sale now at Alcatraz Cruises. Individuals may purchase tickets up to three months in advance of their visit. Given its popularity, it is suggested you purchase tickets several weeks in advance. This exhibition is included at no additional cost as part of the Alcatraz Island tour ticket price.
Photo by Kartik Ramanathan.
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