@LARGE: AI WEIWEI ON ALCATRAZ
Ai Weiwei Explores Human Rights and Freedom of Expression
in Series of New, Site-Specific Installations Inspired by Alcatraz Island
Exhibition on View September 27, 2014 Through April 26, 2015
Tickets for @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz are on sale now
Opening September 27, @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz will feature a series of seven site-specific installations by artist Ai Weiwei in four locations on Alcatraz Island, offering a new cultural lens through which to experience the notorious military and federal penitentiary turned national park. Presented by the FOR-SITE Foundation in partnership with the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the exhibition explores urgent questions about human rights and freedom of expression and responds to the potent and layered history of Alcatraz as a place of detainment and protest. The large-scale sculpture, sound, and mixed-media works will be installed in the two-story New Industries Building where “privileged” inmates were permitted to work; the main and psychiatric wards of the Hospital; the A Block cells, the only remaining section of the military prison that was constructed in the early 20th century; and the Dining Hall. With the exception of the Dining Hall, these spaces are usually off limits to visitors, but all will be open to the public throughout the run of the exhibition. On view through April 26, 2015, @Large will provoke visitors to consider the broader social implications of incarceration and the possibilities of art as an act of conscience. Tickets for the exhibition are on sale to the public now, and include access to the exhibition and the general Alcatraz audio tour. Tickets to Alcatraz sell out several weeks in advance.
@Large exhibits are open at no additional charge to both individual and group purchasers. Ticket prices include admission to all Ai Weiwei installations, as well as the award-winning Alcatraz audio tour. Exhibition organizers recommend allocating 3 ½-to-4 hours on the island to experience both the @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz exhibition (min. 90 minutes) and the Alcatraz cellhouse, including the 45-minute audio tour (approx. 2 hours).
Adults & Juniors (12–61) $30
Child (5–11) $18.25
Seniors (62+) $28.25
Family Pass (2 adults + 2 children) $90.25
Children ages 4 and under FREE
Groups of 15 persons or more may reserve Alcatraz tickets now for the duration of @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz. Group ticket purchases may be made by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 415-438-8361.
Special @Large Night Tours:
Guided @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz Night Tours will be offered Thursday–Monday evenings. Ferries for the Night Tours depart Pier 33 in the late afternoon. Night Tour ticket prices are $37 for adults (18–61), $36 for juniors (12–17), $21.75 for children (5–11), and $34.25 for seniors (62+). Tickets for @Large Night Tours are limited, and may be purchased up to three months in advance at www.alcatrazcruises.com.
Special @Large Early Bird Exhibition Tickets & Tours (Limited Availability)
In anticipation of high demand for @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz tickets, a limited number of seats on the Early Bird boat (departing Pier 33 at 8:45 a.m. seven days a week) will be set aside each day to accommodate exhibition visitors. These Early Bird tickets and tours may be reserved by contacting the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy at 415-561-3021 or email@example.com, or online using one of the buttons below. (NOTE: These reserved Early Bird tickets are not available through Alcatraz Cruises).
Did You Know?
The Pacific West Region of the National Park Service has a goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2016, the centennial of the Park Service.