Sandow Birk's American Qur'an

Friday, January 27, 2012 - 12:35 to Monday, June 18, 2012 - 12:35
Friday, January 27, 2012 - 12:35
Sandow Birk, American Qur'an, Sura 36a, 2009. Ink, acrylic, and gouache on paper
 
2009 Sandow Birk. Purchased, the Marie-Louise and Samuel R. Rosenthal Fund
Exhibition Date: 

 27 Jan 2012 -18 Mar 2012

School Year: 

 2011 - 2012

Location: 

 Faulconer Gallery

Opening: 

 January 27, 2012 - 4:15pm

For nearly six years, Los Angeles-based artist Sandow Birk has been engaged in a project to transcribe and illustrate an English translation of the Qur’an, the Holy Book of Islam. Based on traditional models of manuscript illumination, Birk’s American Qur’an combines the handwritten text with images drawn from contemporary American life. This exhibition contains 86 works from the series, including a suite of six that the Faulconer Gallery acquired in 2010. The artist expects to complete the project in 2014.

This exhibition has been organized by The Andy Warhol Museum, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.

 

Click here for an introduction by
Caleb Elfenbein, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and History