"Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here" Exhibition Opening

Fri Feb 1, 2013
SF Center for the Book
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Art Opening, Arts


An exhibition of fifty artist's books, created in response to the March 5, 2007 bombing of Baghdad's "Street of Booksellers"

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here
A project of Beau Beausoleil and Sarah Bodman
Exhibition coordinated by Sas Colby

Exhibition Dates
February 1 May 11, 2013

Exhibition Opening Reception
Friday, February 1, 2013
6:00 - 8:00
at the new SF Center for the Book location at 375 Rhode Island Street

Al-Mutanabbi Street is the centuries-old center of bookselling in Baghdad, a winding street filled with bookstores and outdoor book stalls. Named after the famed 10th Century classical Arab poet, Al- Mutanabbi, this street has been, since time immemorial, the historic heart and soul of the Baghdad literary and intellectual community.

On March 5, 2007, a car bomb was detonated on Al-Mutanabbi Street. At least thirty people were killed and one hundred wounded.

Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition was formed soon afterwards to commemorate not just the tragic loss of life, but also the idea of a targeted attack on a street where ideas have always been exchanged.

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  1. SF Center for the Book
    375 Rhode Island Street, San Francisco, CA