I was at the at the Library to check out the Dada exhibits, and it turned out there was also a display of prints in response to the 2007 bombing of Al-Mutanabbi Street, the book sellers district in Baghdad. There were works from over 50 artists in a variety of printmaking techniques. The artists hail from around the world, with many from the Bay Area. The project stipulated the maximum size of the print, otherwise it seemed to be anything goes – there was a wide range from figurative and literal to abstract, some with words, others not, some black and white, others quite colorful. The full gamut of emotion from such an event was also represented – anger, confusion, disbelief, sadness, hope for the future – the exhibit is a powerful memorial to the community and a reminder to both carry on and not forget.
Through Sunday, 1/01/17. A sister exhibition Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here – Transcendent Hope, is at the City College of San Francisco Library through April 16, 2017.
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