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Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here! International Exhibit, Portland, Oregon

In response to the car bombing of Baghdad’s ancient booksellers’ street on March 5, 2007, an international exhibition is coming to Portland this winter and spring. It features over 220 artistic artifacts in four locations.

The primary exhibit is in The Collins Gallery in the Mulnomah Central Library, with auxiliary exhibits in the Museum of Contemporary Craft, the AB Gallery in the lobby of the Art + Design building on the Portland State University and in the library of the Portland Community College Sylvania Campus. 

In the past nine years, nearly 650 individuals have responded creatively to this iconic attack on life and on freedom of expression. Through their creations, the artists, poets, writers and printmakers express solidarity with their Iraqi brothers and sisters and affirm the dominance of hope and light over darkness.

In addition, we have planned five events to accompany the exhibits.

See below for dates and locations.


This exhibition is partially funded by a grant from the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition and the Oregon Cultural Trust in partnership with Multnomah County Library, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, Littman and White Galleries of Portland State University (PSU), Middle East Studies Center of PSU, Iraqi Student Club of PSU, Iraqi Society of Oregon, Portland City Council Office of Neighborhood Involvement, World Affairs Council of Oregon, Milwaukie Poetry Series, Ledding Library, and the the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here! Coalition.