Book Arts

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts

Center for Book Arts New York, USA
10/07/2013 – 21/09/2013

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here assembles artists’ responses to the tragic 2007 bombing that resulted in the destruction of Al-Mutanabbi Street, a cultural and intellectual hub in Baghdad. This important and timely exhibition will be held in five New York City cultural venues from mid-June to late September 2013.

The Center for Book Arts is organising the multi-venue presentation in collaboration with Alwan for the Arts, Columbia University Libraries, International Print Center New York, and Poets House. This major travelling exhibition, which will feature approximately 250 artists’ books and 50 broadsides by artists from around the world, was co-produced by Beau Beausoleil, Founder of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition, and Sarah Bodman, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Fine Print Research in Bristol, UK.

Each artist was asked to submit three copies of his or her work, to allow for simultaneous tours in Europe and the US. The third set will be donated to the Iraq National Library. Exhibition Dates: July through late September 2013; with the exception of IPCNY opening in mid June and Poets House closing in early October.

Please check the website links below for dates and programmes of events at individual venues.

View an online gallery of the books

Al-Mutanabbi Street Here. Center for Book Arts New York, USA. 0/07/2013 - 21/09/2013 Iraqi Peace Song - Laurie Alpert March 5th, 2007 Al-Mutanabbi Street Alex Appella Different Shades In The Sand - Frans Baake Pile of Bricks - Catherine Cartwright Beloved Bashir - Noëlle Griffiths 3 books of blue - Tim Mosely

Monday 2012 - Kathleen O'Connell Seven Voyages - hand drawn illustrations in ink by Michael Pisano, designed and bound by Maria G. Pisano Al-Mutanabbi Before and After (page detail) - Sabina-Mariana Stan The Iraqi Bookseller - Laurie Szujewska Redemption - Lizanne van Essen Al Mutanabbi Street - Mary McCarthy and Shirley Veenema Art Library - Friederun Friederichs

The Center for Books Arts
28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10001
Telephone: (212) 481-0295
July 10-September 21, 2013
International Print Center New

508 West 26th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Telephone: (212) 989-5090
June 13-August 9 & September 5-21, 2013
Alwan for the Arts
16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Telephone: (646) 732-3261
July 17-September 21, 2013
Poets House
10 River Terrace
New York, NY 10282
Telephone: (212) 431-7920
July 11-October 5, 2013
Columbia University Libraries
Butler Library
535 West 114th St.
New York, NY 10027
Telephone: (212) 854-7309
July 16-September 21, 2013