Alcatraz Cruises has just installed a commemorative exhibit, “Alcatraz: The Last Day,” at Hyatt Regency Santa Clara. This photo exhibition is a collection of images that immortalize the closure of Alcatraz Prison on March 21, 1963, which was documented by photographer Leigh Wiener.
The highly lauded photo exhibition is complemented by the 3,000 square foot “Alcatraz: Life on the Rock” exhibit that showcases Alcatraz’s compelling history.
Free and open to the public (24 hours/day, seven days/week), these comprehensive exhibits are an ideal way for families, students and visitors alike to get a real feel for the history of and the fascination with Alcatraz.
“Alcatraz: The Last Day”
Upon the announcement of the Alcatraz Penitentiary closure in 1963, news agencies around the world assigned photographers to cover the historic event. Life Magazine called upon California-based photographer Leigh Wiener, a seasoned professional who fulfilled over a hundred assignments for the magazine. While Wiener had a large lay-out in the 1963 issue of Life Magazine, many of Wiener’s 300+ photographs that were captured on that last day on Alcatraz remained unpublished, filed away in his archive, until they were revealed 45 years later. In 2008, while inventorying his late father's photographic legacy of nearly 1/2 a million proof sheets and negatives, Devik Wiener would discover this treasure trove of images taken on the closing day of Alcatraz. In 2012, "Alcatraz: The Last Day," a book of Leigh Wiener's never-before seen photographs, was published by The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Twenty-five of these images are now on display at Hyatt Regency Santa Clara. For more information about Leigh Wiener, visit https://www.leighwiener.com
“Alcatraz: Life on the Rock”
“Alcatraz: Life on the Rock” is an exhibit that showcases Alcatraz Island’s fascinating history and infamous inmates. Specific installations include “How Do You Know Alcatraz?” which offers a compelling introduction, complete with a model of the island and a look at The Rock’s place in history and in movies. Additionally, there are four quadrants that feature the following: a “Military History”; an authentic replica of a prison cell that is the centerpiece of the “Life on the Inside”; “Strength: The Native American Indian Occupation”; and “Preserving the Rock.”
The “Alcatraz: Life on the Rock” and “Alcatraz: The Last Day” exhibits are free and open to the public at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, 5101 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, California. For more information, call (408) 200-1234 or visit https://www.santaclara.hyatt.com
Visit http://www.alcatrazcruises.com/exhibit/index.html for information about “Alcatraz: Life on the Rock” and “Alcatraz: The Last Day”