Aileen Bassis

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“Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here,” a really wonderful project created by poet
Beau Beausoleil, is an exhibition of 261 artist books made by 260 international
artists/artist teams from 24 countries. These books were made to reflect upon
the March 5, 2007 car-bomb attack that took place in Al-Mutanabbi Street, the
ancient street of booksellers, poets and writers, located at the literary and
cultural heart of Baghdad, Iraq. The collection of artists’ books reflects both the
targeted attack on this street of the booksellers as well as the ultimate futility of
those who try to erase thought. This project is both a lament and a
commemoration of the singular power of words.  
More info about this project is posted here
A photograph from my series, "Stories End," is included in the online exhibition
"My Sense of Place"
that accompanied an exhibit by Kiki and Seton Smith at
Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
The "Openings" Artist Collective included four of my pieces at
Church of St. Paul The Apostle, 405 West 59th St., New York, NY 10023
in the exhibition:
"Respect"
September 8 - October 25, 2017
Walk-through the exhibition with artists: Thursday, October 12, 7 - 9 pm
I showed work inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement,
work that is part of a group of lithographs with pencil.
My book "Our Being Slaves" was in the exhibition
"Protest ≠ Profest: Global Burdens"
at The Center for Book Arts  28 West 27th St, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10001
July 12 - September 23, 2017
On Wednesday September 13, curators Alexander Campos and Richard
O'Russa, along with artists Eileen Boxer, Anna Mavromatis, Maria Veronica San
Martin, and Sally Tosti, discussed the show and the artists' works.
"Our Being Slaves"
four- page unique
double-sided accordion,
each page 15 x 11"
Three of my artists' books are in the exhibition
"On a Different Page"
Curated by Eileen Ferara, the show presents artists' personal relationships
to the book as art form at New Jersey City University's
Visual Arts Gallery  
Visual Arts Building basement, 100 Culver Ave., Jersey City, NJ 07305
November 9 – December 14, 2017
Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 11 am – 5 pm
"Is this my
America"
I had work in the Bronx for the exhibition
"STATE PROPERTY"
at The Andrew Freedman Home, 1125 Grand Concourse:
September 20 - November 20, 2017
Opening receptions via video at the New York Times
"STATE PROPERTY" is a multi-disciplinary examination of American  
consumerism of prison labor, and of our daily choices to purchase, condone or
reject goods created in penitentiaries. The exhibition asks guests to consider  
more carefully what “Made in the U.S.A” currently means in relation to the
incarceration system, corporate outsourcing, and public consumerism. Currency
and choice (or lack thereof) are the springboards towards a much deeper
dialogue that recognizes these present injustices.
"Adrift" from my
series "Homilies
for the 99%"
I'll be reading some of my poems at Thompkins Square Library,
331 East 10th Street, Second Floor
Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 6 - 6:45 pm
as part of an all-day East Village Arts Festival.
Minetta Review, NYU’s oldest
literary and arts publication, will celebrate the completion of their Fall 2017 issue --
which includes one of my poems -- with readings from students and local writers.