Detroit to Baghdad: Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here

March 6 – July 12, 2015
Lower Level Gallery


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.


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  • March 6, 2015 - July 12, 2015