Phoenix Public Library
Detainees, military families, scholars, interrogators, and refugees offer perspectives of the controversial United States Naval Base at Guantánamo — also known as GTMO or Gitmo — through the final weekend of an exhibition at Burton Barr Central Library.
The 13-panel Guantánamo Public Memory Project exhibit, arranged on the library’s second floor, scratches the surface of a historical debate that continues to resonate with current issues of borders, indefinite and preventive detention, and foreign relations.
Established as a Caribbean base on indefinite lease in 1903 despite Cuban protests, and later made notorious as the purgatorial site of incarceration for thousands of Haitians and Cubans, GTMO is now infamous as an internment camp for war prisoners.
The exhibit explores Guantánamo’s history, the many roles of the base, and its potential closure through video testimonies, interactive discussions and activities, and complementary films at Phoenix Art Museum (Dirty Wars on Nov. 24 and Zero Dark Thirty on Dec. 8). Related topics include the progression of detention from the Japanese concentration camps in Arizona to refugees and enemy combatants at GTMO.
Initiated by Columbia University, the Guantánamo Public Memory Project continues to grow through collaboration and support from universities, organizations, and individuals, and solicits new narratives via its website and its traveling exhibit.
Although the second-floor exhibit runs through Sunday, November 24, the companion first-floor @Central Gallery photo exhibition Cuba: Through Each Others Eyes [sic] continues through December 1, displaying the work of five photographers from a 2002 Phoenix-Havana exchange.
- Guantánamo Public Memory Project at Phoenix Public Library’s Burton Barr Central Library
- Witness to Guantánamo website
- Recent news about the potential closure of GTMO
- The American Civil Liberties Union’s “Guantánamo by the Numbers” infographic
- A brief history of GTMO from Paul Kramer in The New Yorker
- Further reading recommended by Phoenix Public Library staff
Burton Barr Central Library is seeking submissions from artists for exhibition in 2013 in its @Central Gallery, located on the first floor at 1221 N. Central Ave. Proposals will be accepted from artists residing in Arizona, 18 years or older, and not currently represented by a gallery.
Artists may submit up to 10 images on CD following the prospectus instructions. Works previously exhibited in @Central Gallery and artists who have had a solo exhibition at the library in the past two years are not eligible for consideration.
The submission fee is $15. Submissions must be postmarked or hand-delivered by Wednesday, Oct. 10.
For a prospectus and submission form, visit phoenixpubliclibrary.org or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phoenix Public Library is a system of 16 branch libraries and the Burton Barr Central Library. For more information, call 602-262-4636 or visit phoenixpubliclibrary.org. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/phxlibrary.
Source: City of Phoenix
Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., will celebrate the summer solstice Sunday, June 21, the first day of summer and the longest day of the year.
The free celebration begins at 11:30 a.m. (the library will open early, at 11 a.m., for this special program). The event features Irish and Scottish music performed by Rich Bailey followed by a noon talk by architect Will Bruder, who designed the library. Bruder’s special guest will be visionary architect Paolo Soleri, who is celebrating his 90th birthday.
The event takes place in the Great Reading Room on the fifth floor, which was designed with the summer solstice in mind. As the solstice unfolds, light and shadows will move across the walls on the fifth floor and through the skylights, enabling sunlight to illuminate the room’s tapered columns.
The Summer Solstice celebration is sponsored by the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library.
Phoenix Public Library is a system of 14 branch libraries and the Burton Barr Central Library. For more information, call 602-262-4636 or visit www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org.