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Ai Weiwei takes over Alcatraz

Housed in a looming federal penitentiary off the coast of San Francisco, “@Large: Ai Weiwei” explores the notion of imprisonment and encourages viewers to reflect on their right to free speech and expression. Ai Weiwei is a Chinese contemporary artist known not only for his large-scale installations, but also for his scathing criticisms of his nation’s government.…

Remote Nomad: Alcatraz can’t escape from procedural tropes

It feels a little unfair to review a J.J. Abrams show as early as I am doing with “Alcatraz.” Not to name names, but the shows he produces have a tendency to either take a while to warm up or slowly peter out–or both. But “Alcatraz” doesn’t seem like it’s going to be bucking any trends; so far it seems like it will fit pretty smoothly into the former category.