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Opening Reception: Poetry Is Not a Luxury

March 18, 2022 @ 6:00 pm 9:00 pm

Join us for an opening reception celebrating Poetry Is Not a Luxury! Meet curator Maymanah Farhat and hear from local exhibiting artists, who will give brief remarks at 7pm.

This purposeful exhibition features 26 book artists and is titled after writer Audre Lorde’s 1977 essay on the intersections of creativity and activism that were not only essential to her own work, but also to a diverse group of feminist thinkers at the time.

The exhibition, which debuted at the Center for Book Arts in New York in 2019 before traveling to the San Francisco Center for the Book in 2020, guides viewers through narratives that are otherwise buried or ignored. All of the artworks included in this exhibition were created from a place of subjectivity, from lived experiences that are filtered through the creative process then articulated in forms that invite the viewer to partake in what Lorde called “revolutionary awareness.” Three new artworks by local artists accompany the works originally curated for Center for Book Arts.

In addition to the opening reception, the Main Gallery is currently open to the public on Saturdays from 10am–5pm through March 31. Starting April 1, the Main Gallery will be open Tuesday–Saturday, 10am–5pm (and Thursdays 10am–7pm). Masks are required.

Read more about the exhibition here: https://www.mnbookarts.org/poetry-is-not-a-luxury/


March 18
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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