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Al-Mutanabbi Street in New York

July 4, 2013

summer show-all venues invite front

I’ve just heard that my book for the project is to be on show at Poets House in New York from 11 July until 5 October. Alexander Campos, Executive Director and Curator of New York’s Centre for Book Arts writes:

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 organizing the multi-venue presentation in collaboration with Alwan for the Arts, Columbia University Libraries, International Print Center New York, and Poets House. This major traveling exhibition, which will feature approximately 250 artists’ books and 50 broadsides (prints) 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 Center 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.

Beau was interviewed on “The Arabic Hour” in connection with the recent book-arts exhibition at Cambridge Arts Council in Cambridge Massachusetts. A recording of the broadcast can be seen here. Six years into the project I still find it inspiring to hear this gentle and passionate man speaking.

Artist and pinhole-photographer Jesseca Ferguson was the driving force that made the exhibit at the Cambridge Arts Council Gallery so successful. An interview with her can be seen here. What a splendid woman! I’m impressed by the interviewer, too, Ghenwa Hakim: her questions are thoughtful and pertinent and she listens to her interviewees.

Iraqi photographer  Ghassan A. Malik’s eloquent photos of Al-Mutanabbi Street can be seen here.

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