Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here

An Exhibition - Butler Library July 16 - September 21st, 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.

Columbia University is collaborating with The Center for Book Arts, Alwan for the Arts, International Print Center New York, and Poets House in this multivenue presentation. This major traveling exhibition, which features 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 Center for Fine Print Research, at the University of West England, Bristol, UK.

Columbia University Libraries
Butler Library, 535 West 114th St.
July 16-September 21, 2013 (NOW EXTENDED to Oct. 4th) - 3rd Floor display cases
Opening reception July 16, 6-8 pm

Public Program: Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here - conversation with the artists.
Opening remarks by Muhsin al-Musawi, Professor of Arabic Literature, Columbia University
Sept. 17, 2013, 6-8 pm, Butler Library.

The event will begin with a viewing of the exhibit on the third floor of Butler at 6:00pm and the talk will be held in Butler 523 at 6:30pm, featuring remarks by Professor Muhsin al-Musawi, Professor of Arabic Literature, and the artists, Holly Anderson, Oded Halahmy, and Ellen Wallenstein.  A reception will follow the talk.


Center for Books Arts 28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor
July 10-September 21, 2013 •
Opening Reception: Wednesday, July 10, 7-9pm
Public Programs: 7/24, 8/7 & 21, 9/18 & 21

Alwan for the Arts 16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor
July 17-September 21, 2013 •
Opening Reception: Wednesday, July 17, 6-8pm

International Print Center New York 508 West 26th Street, 5th Floor
June 13-August 9 & September 5-21, 2013 •
Reception and Talk: Thursday, July 18, 6pm

Poets House 10 River Terrace
July 11-October 5, 2013 •
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 11, 6-8pm