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Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here

Gallery 31 Exhibition

July 7—31


Opening Reception

Thursday, July 7, from 6-8 p.m.

Poetry Reading 7 p.m.


On March 5, 2007, a car bomb exploded on al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad, the historic center of the Baghdad literary, cultural, and intellectual community. With the intention of showing the Iraqi Arts Community that our collective cultural voice cannot and will not be silenced, and representing the 30 people killed and 100 injured, 130 broadsides have been created. "This is our starting point: where language, thought, and reality reside: where memory, ideas, and even dreams wait patiently in their black ink." The broadsides are traveling the world to various venues highlighting the project and raising funds for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders.

The project is continuing to grow as artists respond to the call for 130 poets and artists to create 3 books to compliment the broadsides. For additional information about the project and to download the call from the website page please visit


Related Links

MA Art and the Book Degree Program

Continuing Education Printmaking Courses

Artists' Books in the Corcoran Library

Image Credit: 

Designed by Behold/Scourge of Heorot and printed by Hoof Press and Inkworks Press, edition 9 of 100, 18” x 12”.

Sholeh Wolpe & Jaime Maine, See Them Coming, Letterpress, Michigan.

Corcoran Gallery and College of Art + Design
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Gallery:  (202) 639-1700
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