Ai Wei Wei Exhibit at Alcatraz

A graffiti on Florida Street back in 2011, at Division. A bunch of Xeroxes with the words Afraid Wei Wei. Photo by Heather Smith.

The Beijing artist and activist will be exhibiting at Alcatraz starting September and his work will be on display until 2015 on the island that is known to once be a federal penitentiary, a site of Native American heritage and protest, the site of the first lighthouse on the West Coast, a military fortress during the Civil War era and now a national park and tourist attraction gone art hostess.

Ai’s mixed media work, sound and sculpture installation will occupy three sites that are usually off limits to the public: the hospital, a block and the new industries building.

After the artist was secretly detained for tax evasion in 2011, he is still not allowed to leave China which means he has been working on the exhibit from his home with the help of the FOR-SITE Foundation. More here.

The exhibit will be free but tickets to enter Alcatraz run for $30, and the place is notorious for selling out weeks in advance. So, plan accordingly.

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