WHAT IS_? is an information programme comprising talks, information booklets and web resources. The purpose of this programme is to introduce key concepts and themes in contemporary art to the general public. Series 1 comprises seven topics supported by a talk, booklet and resource material available to download
An additional series focusing on the ‘Materials & Methodologies’ of modern and contemporary art is being developed to complement Series 1 and to provide supplementary information to IMMA’s collections and exhibitions programmes. What is Photography? is the first in this series of ‘Materials and Methodologies’.
Please click on the link to download the booklet What is Drawing? (Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 pdf - 807KB)
Previous talks in the series and booklets to download
To download the booklets from the talks series please click on the following links:
What is Modern Art and What is Contemporary Art? November 2009 Francis Halsall and Declan Long, Department of Visual Culture, National College of Art and Design. What is Modern and Contemporary Art? (Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 pdf - 455KB) Please note new booklet will be available to download next week.
What is Conceptual Art? November 2009 Mick Wilson, Dean of the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM) What is Conceptual Art? (Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 pdf - 483KB)
What is New Media Art? January 2010 Maeve Connolly, Department of Film and Media, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. What is New Media Art? (Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 pdf - 440KB)
What is Installation Art? June 2010 Niamh Ann Kelly, lecturer, Dublin Institute of Technology. What is Installation Art? (Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 pdf - 401KB)
What is Public Art? December 2010 Clíodhna Shaffrey, curator and writer. What is Public Art? (Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 pdf - 584KB)
What is Performance Art? Saturday 1 October 2011 Amanda Coogan, artist and PhD Student, University of Ulster and GradCAM. What is Performance Art? (Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 pdf - 614KB) What is Modern and Contemporary Art? at the Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda In association with the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Highlanes Gallery hosted a talk by Francis Halsall and Declan Long on modern and contemporary art on Saturday 29 January 2011 at 12:00noon.
Materials and Methodologies
What is Photography? Saturday 23 July 2011 Fiona Loughnane, art historian and lecturer What is Photography? (Adobe Acrobat Reader 9.3pdf - 677KB)
Glossary of Art Terms The following are a select number of terms relating to the subjects of Modern and Contemporary Art. This glossary is not comprehensive or exhaustive and is intended to be informative rather than definitive. Glossary (Word doc 2003 - 90.5KB)
For further information, please contact Lisa Moran, Curator: Education and Community Programmes, Tel: 01-612 9912, Email firstname.lastname@example.org or Sophie Byrne, Assistant Curator: Talks and Lectures Programme, Tel: 01-6129914, Email: email@example.com