LCGA Events

In conversation event with Brian O'Doherty

Sunday 28 August 2011, 3pm
Ormston House, 9-10 Patrick Street, Limerick

For Heritage Week 2011, Limerick City Gallery of Art is pleased to announce that renowned Irish artist Brian O'Doherty, one of the exhibiting artists in the current exhibition Convergence: Literary Art Exhibitions, will take part in an 'in conversation' event with Curatorial Advisor, Marian Lovett at Ormston House next Sunday 28 August at 3pm. Early booking is advised as seating is limited: artgalleryeducation@limerickcity.ie

Described in the New Yorker as “one of New York’s most treasured artist/intellectuals”, Brian O’Doherty emerged as a highly influential figure of the 1960s art scene. In addition to his work as a visual artist, he is a renowned writer and critic and a significant cultural figure on both sides of the Atlantic. The author of a number of books, including Studio and Cube (2007) and American Masters: The Voice and the Myth (1974), O’Doherty’s seminal essay Inside the White Cube: The Ideology of the Gallery Space first appeared in 1976 in Artforum. His novel, The Strange Case of Mademoiselle P. (1992) received a prize from the British Society of Authors, while The Deposition of Father McGreevy (2000) was shortlisted for the 2000 Booker Prize.

O’Doherty has long explored the multiple nature of identity and, in the course of his work, has adopted various personae, the most notable being Patrick Ireland. He adopted this identity in a public performance at the Project Arts Centre in 1972 as a protest lodged at the events of Bloody Sunday in Derry. He exhibited under this name for thirty-six years in numerous exhibitions, including Documenta, the Venice Biennale, and ROSC. O’Doherty has had retrospectives at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Elvehjem Museum, and P.S.1. In 2006, the new wing of the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane was inaugurated with Beyond the White Cube: A Retrospective of Brian O’Doherty/Patrick Ireland (later to travel to New York University’s Grey Gallery). With the establishment of an all-party government in Northern Ireland, the identity of Patrick Ireland was waked and buried in coffined effigy at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in 2008.

Born in 1934 in Roscommon, O'Doherty now lives and works in the US. In early September for his presentation in Dublin Contemporary he will present a major new project in the National Gallery of Ireland. Limerick City Gallery of Art has recently acquired a piece of work, The Siege of Limerick (1970), by Brian O' Doherty for its Permanent Collection. The ’in conversation’ event will reflect on O'Doherty's achievements in the worlds of art and literature and reference his work in the Convergence exhibition.

Convergence: Literary Art Exhibitions will be open from 12 noon to 5pm on Sunday 28 August at Istabraq Hall, Merchant's Quay and Ormston House, Patrick Street, Limerick for the 'in conversation' event and to celebrate Heritage week.

Curated by Dr. Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes, Convergence features work by twenty artists and artists groups: Allotrope, antepress, Julie Bacon, Ecke Bonk, Pavel Büchler, Davide Cascio, Tacita Dean, Cerith Wyn Evans, Maria Fusco, Kenneth Goldsmith, Rodney Graham, Joanna Karolini, Sean Lynch, Simon Morris, Brian O'Doherty, Michalis Pichler, Tim Rollins, Andrea Theis, Nick Thurston and Eric Zboya. The exhibition is presented in partnership with the Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast.

The purpose of the exhibition is to investigate how art practice, literature and exhibition formats can relate to one another. Part of its premise is to demonstrate that writers continue to have something to say to artists today - and artists to writers - and how we read. Not every reference that artists make to the literary 'canon' is praise: writers can be an intense, productive annoyance to artists. The foundation for their respective creative practices (writing/making), however, is the same: the capacity to think for oneself.

Convergence: Literary Art Exhibitions continues until  29 September 2011.

Istabraq Hall, Limerick City Council, Merchants Quay, Limerick.
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Ormston House, 9-10 Patrick Street, Limerick.
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Weekly opening hours of both venues: Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm


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