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2011.09.26 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

UNO Art Gallery Welcomes Baghdad Art Exhibit

Omaha - The UNO Art Gallery is opening two concurrent exhibitions in conjunction with the UNO European and Global Studies Conferences that will bring viewers closer to two distant places – a famous street in Baghdad and a university art department in Cracow.

The exhibitions open with a reception for gallery and conference guests on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The exhibition, Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, features letterpress broadsides, artists’ books and a documentary film made to honor the book center of Baghdad, which was destroyed by a car bomb in 2007. Lives were lost and many were injured by the attack that targeted a thriving center of intellectual exchange.

Since 2007, Beau Beausoleil, a poet and bookseller from San Francisco, has organized and inspired artists and writers from around the world to create works in response to the attack. Over eighty of the works produced by the al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition will be on exhibit.

In addition, a documentary by Iraqi filmmaker Emad Ali will repeat during the exhibition. This 24-minute film pays homage to the iconic Shabandar Café, destroyed in the same attack, where scholars, poets, readers, writers, and artists had gathered since 1917. The film has been shown at many festivals in the Middle East and won first prize this year at the Imperial War Museum Documentary Film Festival in London, UK.

Concurrently, Selected Works on Paper and Video: Pedagogical University of Cracow showcases work by faculty and students from the Fine Arts Department. Curator Rafal Solewski, chair of art theory and art education for the department, selected works to highlight the school’s range. Educating art teachers since 1978, thirty-four art faculty at the Pedagogical University Fine Arts Department serve five-hundred students. At the same time, the faculty show work regionally and internationally.

Beau Beausoleil will visit with guests at the reception in the gallery and present the keynote address for the conferences following the reception in the Milo Bail Student Center.

The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building on the UNO campus, 6001 Dodge St. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, but is closed for fall break Oct. 17-18. Appointments are encouraged for those not able to visit during our regular hours. (Please call ahead.)

All events are free and open to the public, and the Gallery is accessible to people with disabilities.

Call (402) 554-2796 to arrange an appointment or for more information.

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