Ai Weiwei’s “@Large” exhibition (on view through April 26, 2015) features seven new site-specific installations situated in four buildings on Alcatraz Island. A steep and rocky island at the mouth of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz measures only about 1,575 feet by 590 feet. During its long history, it has served as a military fort during the Civil War, as a maximum-security federal penitentiary from 1934 to 1963, and as a site of Native American protests and occupations from 1964 to 1971. In 1972, it was designated part of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, managed by the National Park Service (NPS). This first-ever art exhibition at Alcatraz works within the restrictions of a historic national park and a protected site for nesting seabirds…see the entire review in the print version of April’s Sculpture magazine.
Ai Weiwei, With Wind, 2014.