Date/Time: 12/05/2003 12:00 am
An evening of mourning and protest
May 12th, 2003
72 Spring St., 2nd fl.
An evening of mourning and protest in response to the ransacking of the cultural centers of Baghdad on April 12, 2003, jointly sponsored by the PEN American Translation Committee and Poets House. Featuring discussion of the looting, by Professor Marc Van De Mieroop of Columbia University,
as well as readings of translations of contemporary Iraqi poetry by Badr Shakir As-Sayyab,
Abdul Wahab Al-Bayati, Nazik Al-Malaika, Buland Al-Haidari, Saadi Youssef, LamiaAbbas Amara, Sargon Boulus, Fadil Al-Azzawi, Sadiq Al-Sayigh, Yusef Al-Sayigh, Hisham Shafiq, Sinan Antoon, and Mahmoud Darwish, introduced by novelist Elias Khoury.
The evening will also include a performance by Cecilia Vicuna based on the Draw In event at the Metropolitan Museum on March 5th, when New York artists drew ancient Mesopotamian art as a protest against the war.
Charles Bernstein reading from The Tablets by Armand Schwerner, the 1999 masterpiece containing translations and commentary on the ancient Sumerian tablets.
And Bernard Suleyman Radfar who will read from his work in English and Aramaic and play the Oud, a Middle Eastern lute.
This event is organized in response to a call by a group of artists and writers from Buenos Aires,
who have organized an art exhibition against the war, and a series of rallies to protest the destruction of cultural heritage in Iraq, to take place between May 12th and 16th.
for information on this exhibition and events in Buenos Aires please contact:
for other relevant websites, please see:
Artists Against The War/NION
For reports and photos of the Drawn Ins at the Met and six other cities in
the United States and Europe, go to:
View images of looted art from the National Museum in Baghdad
More on the looting