Opening Reception: Poetry Is Not a Luxury

MCBA Main Gallery
March 18, 2022

Join us for an opening reception celebrating Poetry Is Not a Luxury! Meet curator Maymanah Farhat and hear from local exhibiting artists, who will give brief remarks at 7pm.

This purposeful exhibition features 26 book artists and is titled after writer Audre Lorde’s 1977 essay on the intersections of creativity and activism that were not only essential to her own work, but also to a diverse group of feminist thinkers at the time.

The exhibition, which debuted at the Center for Book Arts in New York in 2019 before traveling to the San Francisco Center for the Book in 2020, was assembled with works that reflect a sense of commitment and purpose, a light that guides viewers through narratives that are otherwise buried or ignored. All of the artworks included in this exhibition were created from a place of subjectivity, from lived experiences that are filtered through the creative process then articulated in forms that invite the viewer to partake in what Lorde called “revolutionary awareness.”

Read more about the exhibition here.