168:01 - A Li­brary Ris­ing From the Ashes, Wafaa Bi­lal

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Jul 14-Aug 19 Artist Wafaa Bi­lal’s li­brary of empty white books is a word­less me­mo­rial to two lost lit­er­ary col­lec­tions, and a call-to-ac­tion. In 2003, the Uni­ver­sity of Baghdad’s Col­lege of Fine Arts col­lec­tion was de­stroyed in a fire set by loot­ers dur­ing the in­va­sion of Iraq; in 1258, sol­diers dumped books from Baghdad’s House of Wis­dom into the Ti­gris River. But all is not lost: the books will be shipped back to Baghdad to re­plen­ish the li­brary. Do­nate a vol­ume to the ex­hi­bi­tion from a list com­piled by the uni­ver­sity, and take home a blank book, wait­ing to be writ­ten. $20, AGA KHAN MU­SEUM, 77 WYN­FORD DR AGAKHANMUSEUM.ORG

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