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Basil al-Karji (#8) by Marcos Goymil

Shadow and Light

On view from January 20 to April 14, 2023. The Shadow and Light project, compiled by poet and activist Beau Beausoleil, memorializes Iraqi academics assassinated between 2003-2012. For this exhibition, Middle East Studies librarian Heather Hughes and Associate Professor of Arabic Literature Huda Fakhreddine selected 20 pieces from the 60 individuals commemorated in the larger project.

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Detailed sketch of El-Dier, a major monument at Petra, Jordan

Antiquarianism at a Crossroad: David Roberts and the Levant

On view from December 5, 2022 to March 31, 2023. During his 1838-1839 travels through the Levant and Egypt, Roberts’ sketches captured layers of history and living cultures that inspired him. Looking beyond his artistic legacy, this exhibit explores his influence on archaeology in the region.

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Justice Now: 1960s Protest Drawings by Ashley Bryan

The author, artist, and humanitarian Ashley Bryan responded to Civil Rights protests about police bias and brutality in the 1960s with this series of drawings, made from his studio overlooking Tremont Avenue in the Bronx. The signs carried by these protesters speak to today’s issues as well: “Stop Police Brutality Now,” “End Police Bias Now,” “Jim Crow Must Go,” “Freedom Now,” “We Demand Decent Police Now,” and “Justice Now.”

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Remarkable Figures: Women in the Art of Ashley Bryan

Ashley Bryan—renowned artist, writer, storyteller, and humanitarian—created thousands of drawings, paintings, collages, and linoleum block prints over the course of his long and productive life. This exhibition highlights Bryan’s portrayals of strong and resourceful women in his art. Many of these works were made for books of poetry, including Freedom Over MeABC of African American Poetry, and Aneesa Lee and the Weaver’s Gift.

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Discovering Marian Anderson

This research portal provides online access to more than 2,500 items from the collection of Marian Anderson, one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. The body of primary sources in the collection — including letters, diaries, journals, interviews, recital programs, and private recordings — spans the Philadelphia-born musician’s six-decade career as an opera singer and advocate for social justice.