Al-Mutanabbi Street : A Commemoration of Book Arts
Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 11:00am-1:30pm
Fine Arts Gallery Annex, Santa Fe University of Art and Design
The event is FREE and OPEN to the public
Framed around the sixth anniversary of the al-Mutanabbi Street car bombing in Baghdad, Iraq, “Al-Mutanabbi Starts Here” is a traveling exhibition presenting handmade books and broadsides that speak to the theme of intellectual freedom and the resilient human spirit. Al-Mutanabbi Street—located in the historic center of Baghdad and known as the heart of the city’s literary and intellectual community—was the site of a car bomb explosion in 2007 that killed more than 30 people, wounded over 100, and destroyed countless priceless books.
The exhibition, which launched in 2012 and has already traveled to London, Los Angeles and Detroit, involves three book artists from Santa Fe—Lauren Camp, Suzanne Vilmain and SFUAD Art Department contributing faculty member Donna Ruff. The Santa Fe exhibition will be the only stop in New Mexico. The final viewing of the exhibit will be on March 23.