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Penny Stamps Speaker Series Presents: Sandow Birk

Special Event
Monday, March 28, 2016
5:30-6:30 PM
Stern Auditorium Museum of Art Map
Frequently developed as expansive, multi-media projects, Los Angeles artist Sandow Birk's works deal with contemporary life. With an emphasis on social issues, his work often includes themes of inner city violence, graffiti, political issues, travel, war, and prisons, as well as surfing and skateboarding. He has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards including, an NEA International Travel Grant to Mexico City, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, a Getty Fellowship, and a City of Los Angeles (COLA) Fellowship. He has been an artist in residence at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, and at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.
Birk will discuss his latest epic project: the creation of a hand-transcribed and illuminated manuscript of the Holy Qur'an, in English. This nine-year project seeks to make the message of the Qur'an, unknown to most Americans, less exotic and ominous and more accessible by contrasting the text with scenes of every day life in contemporary United States.
Building: Museum of Art
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Art, Education, Lecture, UMMA
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Penny W Stamps School of Art & Design, International Institute, Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia, Global Islamic Studies Center

The Global Islamic Studies Center organizes a number of public events each year such as lectures, conferences, and films, many in collaboration with other U-M units. Please use our searchable events calendar for information about upcoming programs sponsored by GISC and the Interdisciplinary Islamic Studies Seminar (IISS).