Out and About: April/May 2013

Here’s a look at some of the current and upcoming temporary exhibitions taking place around Ireland for the next two months.

National Museum, Country Life: http://www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx

The Irish Headhunter – Searching for the Irish Race!April 2-May 31

“An exhibition of 63 photographs taken in the 1890s as Dr. Charles R. Browne undertook, for Trinity College Dublin, physical surveys of west of Ireland people using sliding rules, steel tapes and ‘craniometers‘. A number of these surveys were carried out in County Mayo. The photographs are full of human interest and tell us so much about people‘s customs, clothes, housing and modes of transport during this time.”

A History of Ireland in 100 ObjectsApril 2-June 3

“The Irish Times series ‘A History of Ireland in 100 Objects’ highlights the richness of Irish history and culture. This treasure trove of objects features a 19th century cooking pot, an emigrant’s teapot, an emigrant‘s suitcase and the Boyne Coracle, and are on display at the Museum of Country Life.”

Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA): http://www.imma.ie/en/page_212726.htm

Analysing Cubism: Mainie Jellett, Evie Hone, Mary Swanzy and masters of European ModernismFebruary 20-May 19

“Analysing Cubism explores the early decades of Cubism and features the work of such celebrated Cubist artists as Albert Gleizes, Evie Hone and Mainie Jellett. The exhibition focuses especially on the Continental milieu in which Hone, Jellett and other Irish artists worked in the 1920s and ‘30s, learning from and contributing to the development of European Modernism.”

IMMA @ National Concert Hallhttp://www.imma.ie/en/page_236700.htm

This Situation – Tino SehgalApril 12-May 19

“This Situation offers Irish gallery-goers the first opportunity to experience British-German artist Tino Sehgal’s innovative approach to art, in which he responds to and engages with gallery visitors through the use of conversation, sound and movement.”

National Gallery: http://www.nationalgallery.ie/Exhibitions/The_Sketchbooks_of_Jack_B_Yeats.aspx

The Sketchbooks of Jack B. YeatsFebruary 2-May 5

“This exhibition brings together, for the first time, a significant selection of Jack B. Yeats’s personal sketchbooks, which form part of the Anne Yeats Gift (1996). By the end of his life, Yeats had assembled a collection of over 200 individual sketchbooks, 204 of which are held by the Gallery. By the late 1890s, these sketchbooks had become an integral part of his artistic practice and he drew regularly upon them for inspiration for both the subject matter and composition of his more formal oil paintings. The exhibition will be complemented by a digital presentation with Samsung Galaxy Tablets which will allow visitors to browse through 4 complete sketchbooks in addition to letters and photographs selected from the Yeats Archive.”

The Hugh Lane Gallery: http://www.hughlane.ie/current

Doric by Sean Scully – March 28-June 9

“This exhibition presents Sean Scully’s Doric paintings, a series of works he has produced since 2008. The title references one of the three orders of ancient Greek architecture, the least ornate Doric order, and the paintings were conceived as a celebration of the contribution of classic Greek culture to humanity. The Doric order impressed Sean Scully for its simplicity and force, “the spaces between the columns are space for thought, for light, for questioning and growth.””

When I Leave These Landings by Jonathan Cummins – April 18-June 2

“Rooted in a simple act of sustained conversation, these inter-connecting works address the impact of extreme ideological conviction on self, family and society. Evolving from an art project in prison, the work engages with four anti-agreement political prisoners during their time in prison and for a period of time after their release and when they go home. The conversation eventually extends to the families of the men. Produced over several years, these intimate artworks trace lives lived and in so doing reflect on difficult subject matter.”

Crawford Gallery: http://www.crawfordartgallery.ie/False_Optimism.html

False OptimismApril 12-June 1

“False Optimism, an exhibition of contemporary art from Berlin.  Not based on any single theme, it is a group exhibition that includes a diversity of styles and media, as represented in the work of fifteen artists.”

The Model: http://themodel.ie/exhibitions/norah-mcguinness-illustrations-to-the-stories-of-red-hanrahan

Norah McGuiness: Illustrations to the Stories of Red HanrahanMarch 28-May 19

“This small exhibition of McGuinness’ illustrations to William Butler Yeats’ The Stories of Red Hanrahan and the Secret Rose (1905) will mark the first time that these works have been exhibited publicly in many years. The suite of drawings has recently undergone some moderate conservation work, a project which was made possible under the Heritage Council Grants Programme.”

Irish Women Artists of the Twentieth Century: The Niland Collection – April 2-May 19

“The Niland Collection holds a considerable amount of work by key Irish women artists and when looked at together, these works provide a comprehensive survey of the changing themes and practices of Irish female artists throughout the twentieth century.”

Douglas Hyde Gallery: http://www.douglashydegallery.com/home.php

Ah, Liberty!  by Ben Rivers  – April 12-May 22

“Ah, Liberty!, a 20 minute black and white film made in 2008, shows aspects of the lives of the children of a family leading an unconventional existence in the Scottish highlands. It will be screened in a hut that has been specially created for this exhibition.”

Darkened Days by Simone Kappeler – April 12-May 22

“Simone Kappeler’s photographs reflect the atmosphere and moods of the people and landscapes she encounters at home in Switzerland and abroad on her travels. Typically her images have a dreamlike quality and an intense or melancholy tone; they are often meditations on loss and the passing of time.”

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios: http://www.templebargallery.com/gallery/exhibition/10th-president

10th President by Seamus Nolan – April 12-June 8

“As a way of honouring the survivors of institutional abuse in Ireland and of recognising those who died in institutional and state care, Seamus Nolan has invited President Michael D Higgins to hand over, for the period of one day, the Presidency of Ireland posthumously to Willie Delaney, a child who died whilst under the care of the state.  The exhibition at Temple Bar Gallery and Studio will include, alongside documentation and artefacts from the process and development of the project, a film work by Seamus Nolan which touches on the story of Willie Delaney’s short life and death.”

NCAD Gallery: http://www.ncad.ie/gallery-event/view/when-i-leave-these-landings

When I Leave These Landings by Jonathan Cummins – April 18-May 31

“Rooted in a simple act of sustained conversation, these inter-connecting works address the impact of extreme ideological conviction on self, family and society.”

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