Sandow Birk: "American Qur'an"

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 13:02 to Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 13:02
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 13:02

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.

Six drawings from American Qur'an, Michigan-born artist Sandow Birk's ongoing project to transcribe an English translation of the Holy book of Islam, are on view in Smith Gallery in the College's Joe Rosenfield '25 Center on 8th Avenue. The drawings are comprised of chapters 36 and 37, which address humankind's responsibilities to God and to each other. In the margins of the text, the artist includes images of American everyday life, including agrarian scenes familiar to Midwesterners.

The exhibition will be on view until September 19, open 11 am-6 pm everyday.

Click in the lower right of the image to see all six.

Introduction by Daniel Strong, Curator

Introduction by Caleb Elfenbein,
Assistant Professor of History and Religious Studies

Author Robert Wright on the Meaning of the Koran (The New York Times,
September 14, 2010)

Read an interview with Sandow Birk
in The Morning News