Press Coverage

Read our archive of selected press coverage about the Parks Conservancy.

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Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz, Trace exhibit
Yahoo News. Singapore

An installation featuring seven new sculpture, sound, and mixed-media works by Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has opened on the historic prison island of Alcatraz.

SF Weekly

The words of dissidents, political prisoners, and free speech advocates are everywhere in "@Large," a multi-work exhibition by renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei now open on Alcatraz Island — embossed on kites, represented in LEGO portraits, and echoing from speakers hidden behind jail cell vents.

The Daily Beast

The confined Chinese dissident’s new exhibition raises important questions about human rights at a site that’s home to America’s own notorious past.

NBC Bay Area

Ai Weiwei's exhibit on this former federal penitentiary raises questions about freedom of expression and human rights.

Time

The Chinese artist's seven installations on America's most notorious island champion human rights and recall America's dark past

FOX News

A highly anticipated exhibition at America’s most famous prison by one of China’s most prolific contemporary artists will open to the public Saturday, September 27.

SFist

Chinese dissident artist and architect Ai Weiwei's major installation @Large opens this weekend inside the former prison building of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay.

The Guardian (UK)

The big man of Beijing's new show fills the former prison with a giant rainbow dragon and Lego models of 175 prisoners of conscience, from Nelson Mandela to Edward Snowden. The artist's bravery and commitment are extraordinary

ABC 7 News

Alcatraz is undergoing a big change. The former prison which was home to Machine Gun Kelly and Al Capone is now hosting what many say is the most anticipated contemporary art show of the year.

New York Daily News

The exhibit is called ‘(at) large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz’ and opens Saturday at the former maximum-security prison. Admittance is free. The artist directed the installation of the exhibit while under house arrest in China for what supporters say are trumped-up tax charges.

Reuters

Starting Sept. 27, the former island penitentiary turned U.S. national park in San Francisco Bay will offer visitors the opportunity to view seven installations custom-designed by the artist and activist Ai Weiwei.

San Jose Mercury News

There's nothing subtle about the work of Ai Weiwei, the internationally known Chinese political dissident and artist who designed the striking exhibition titled "@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz," opening Saturday and running through April 26. His comment on freedom of expression and human rights -- through images of political prisoners captured here in one of the world's most infamous lockups -- echo loudly, like the clank of cellblock doors.