Alumnus Sandow Birk’s ('88) American Qur’an is opening at the Orange County Museum of Art this weekend. The exhibition brings together his entire American Qur’an series, which he has been working on for the past nine years. Starting with the assertion that the Qur'an is a universal message to humankind, Birk set out to discover the holy text anew.
Birk has transcribed and illustrated each verse of the Qur’an, using traditional inks and formatting while incorporating scenes of everyday American life and Los Angeles graffiti. The New York Times featured the exhibition, saying that “it does something that interesting art does: It rewrites the past on the page of the present so we can see it fresh.”
On December 3rd, Birk will be in conversation with noted author and scholar of religions, Reza Aslan, as part of the Hammer Conversations series.
Exhibition information: http://www.ocma.net/exhibition/sandow-birk-american-quran