March 6-July 12, 2015
In the Lower Level Gallery
Free with Museum admission
Al Mutanabbi Street, March 5, 2007
by Art Hazelwood, USA, 2011
Baghdad’s Al-Mutanabbi Street is the historic center of the city’s intellectual and literary community, where books have been sold for centuries. When a car bomb exploded there in 2007, printers and artists around the world responded. For hundreds of years, letterpress printers have created broadsides to share the events of our time. Put up in public places, their messages provide a starting place for our collective grief and aspirations for a more just society. This exhibition showcases a selection of broadsides and artist-made books that make up the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here collection, founded by San Francisco poet and bookseller Beau Beausoleil.
6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 9, 2015
City of Words @ 23rd Concert of Colors FREE
Detroit poet Alise Alousi curated this compelling lineup of poets and prose writers for a multicultural, multi-generational reading to help kick off the 2015 Concert of Colors diversity-themed festival in Midtown Detroit.
Hosted by Whitney Syphax Walker, this reading features Saladin Ahmed, Diane DeCillis, Sahar Mustafah, Khafre Sims Bey aka YaKuZa moon and Mahogany Jones.
In the Multi-Media Room
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit
7 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015
A compelling, engaging multimedia evening! Program includes several short films produced during poetry translation workshops in Iraq by the U.K. arts oganization Highlight Arts.
Leading Iraqi poets in the films include Zaher Mousa, Gharreb Iskander, Sabreen Akhadim and Ahmad Abdul Hussein, among others. The evening also features performances and a panel presentation by Detroit-area poets Kevin Rashid, Fadel Jabr, Maia Asshaq (right) and Dunya Mikhail and visual artist Wafer Shayota. It concludes with a musical presentation by Laith Al-Attar (left).
FREE admission; RSVP required HERE.
Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 2015
Press & Release: A writing/making workshop for high school students
This workshop led by professional writers and artists explores the way our words and ideas find their way into public spaces. The broadsides, prints and books of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here exhibition serve as an example of how an event can serve as a catalyst for a larger response by a community. What are the events that press us to respond? How do we choose the right form and forum for sharing our words and ideas? Students will participate in sessions that explore elements of written and spoken-word poetry and the art and craft of artist books, 'zines and posters. Session concludes with an open-mic performance.
Workshop led by writers Kevin Rashid and Mahogany Jones (above) and book/'zine artists Toby Millman and Leander Johnson.
Ideal for teens in grades 9-12; limited to 25 students
Advance registration required HERE; $5 fee payable at the door includes lunch
This exhibition made possible in part by