Facing Pages: The Art of The Great Book of Ireland
Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork 11 April – 13 July 2014
Eithne Jordan, Figure and Poppyfield, 1992, Oil on canvas, 51 x 51cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 1993, IMMA.437
Published in 1991 and acquired by University College Cork in 2013, The Great Book of Ireland captures a significant moment of Ireland’s cultural production. This exhibition explores the ideas that went into the creation of the manuscript, the ways in which collections offer insight into specific historical moments and the legacy of such anthologies.
Through significant works on loan from the IMMA Collection as well as UCC’s own art collection, Facing Pages provides an opportunity to encounter the art of many of the visual artists who contributed to The Great Book such as Robert Ballagh, Cecily Brennan, Barrie Cooke, Michael Farrell, Eithne Jordan, Louis le Brocquy, Tony O’Malley, and Kathy Prendergast.
A series of ‘listening stations’ placed throughout the exhibition enables visitors to consider the literary aspect of The Great Book which includes poetry by Ciaran Carson, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Theo Dorgan, Seamus Heaney, and Derek Mahon, as well as Samuel Beckett’s final poem. These sites also present a series of photographic images by Amelia Stein, documenting the inscription of their texts by John Montague and Seamus Heaney.
Facing Pages: The Art of The Great Book of Ireland includes an extensive programme of readings, lectures, workshops and musical performances, developed with colleagues from University College Cork’s Boole Library, School of English and School of Music and Theatre.
The exhibition is supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, University College Cork, the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s National Programme and private philanthropy through Cork University Foundation.
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