"Weapon" by Yin Xiuzhen is featured in the Home Land Security exhibit in San Francisco's Presidio.

The imposing bunkers and military structures of San Francisco’s Presidio once held munitions, but for the next few months they will hold art. The exhibit, titled “Homeland Security” is organized by the same non-profit that brought Ai Weiwei’s work to Alcatraz in 2014. This project brings together the works of 18 artists from 12 countries to consider the human costs of war, borders and security. Forum talks with the exhibit’s curator, some of the artists featured and a national parks official about the unique collaboration.

More Information on the Exhibit:

Presidio Hosts Artwork Examining Human Cost of National Security 13 September,2016Michael Krasny

Aaron Roth, acting general superintendent, Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Cheryl Haines, executive director, FOR-SITE Foundation; curator, "Home Land Security" exhibit,
Al Farrow, participating artist, Home Land Security exhibit
Shiva Ahmadi, participating artist, Home Land Security exhibit; assistant professor, UC Davis

  • Terry

    Sounds like an interesting exhibit.
    From the photo it appears the bunker walls were not covered to provide a more museum like environment. Are there any health risks in the bunkers from materials previously stored in them?


Michael Krasny

Michael Krasny, PhD, has been in broadcast journalism since 1983. He was with ABC in both radio and television and migrated to public broadcasting in 1993. He has been Professor of English at San Francisco State University and also taught at Stanford, the University of San Francisco and the University of California, as well as in the Fulbright International Institutes. A veteran interviewer for the nationally broadcast City Arts and Lectures, he is the author of a number of books, including “Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life” (Stanford University Press) “Spiritual Envy” (New World); “Sound Ideas” (with M.E. Sokolik/ McGraw-Hill); “Let There Be Laughter” (Harper-Collins) as well as the twenty-four lecture series in DVD, audio and book, “Short Story Masterpieces” (The Teaching Company). He has interviewed many of the world’s leading political, cultural, literary, science and technology figures, as well as major figures from the world of entertainment. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including the S.Y. Agnon Medal for Intellectual Achievement; The Eugene Block Award for Human Rights Journalism; the James Madison Freedom of Information Award; the Excellence in Journalism Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association; Career Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and an award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association. He holds a B.A. (cum laude) and M.A. from Ohio University and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin.

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