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Ai Weiwei in Alcatraz
@Large: Ai WeiWei on Alcatraz in San Francisco
Four of the spaces at the Alcatraz island penitentiary that are usually off limits to visitors will be open to the public through April 26, 2015 for @Large: Ai WeiWei on Alcatraz. The exhibit features a series of large-scale sculpture, sound and mixed-media works that explore human rights and freedom of expression. The pieces have been installed in the New Industries Building where privileged inmates were allowed to work; the main and psychiatric wards of the hospital; the A-block cells, the only remaining section of the early 20th-century prison that was never remodelled; and the dining hall. The penitentiary, just offshore from San Francisco, has never hosted anything of the sort and because Weiwei isn’t allowed to leave Beijing, the contemporary artist and activist had to entrust the exhibit’s installation to collaborators. Tickets include access to the exhibit and the general Alcatraz audio tour (four hours total). Ages 12 and up US$30; kids 5 to 11 US$18.25. Tickets to Alcatraz usually sell out weeks in advance; early-bird packages are available at extra cost. nps.gov/goga/planyourvisit/aiweiwei.htm.
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