"Finding the Irish: The Challenges of Displaying a National Collection," Lecture by Dr. Brendan Rooney, National Gallery of Ireland

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 5:30PM - 6:30PM

Annenberg Auditorium

Roderic O'Conor (Irish, 1860–1940), Marine, ca. 1880, oil on canvas, 13 x 16 inches. Gift of Donald and Marilyn Keough Foundation, 2019.001.001Roderic O'Conor (Irish, 1860–1940), Marine, ca. 1880, oil on canvas, 13 x 16 inches. Gift of Donald and Marilyn Keough Foundation, 2019.001.001

In celebration of the exhibition "Looking at the Stars": Irish Art at the University of Notre Dame, join Dr. Brendan Rooney for an exploration of the challenges of developing a national narrative through art. 

Rooney is Head Curator and curator of Irish art at the National Gallery of Ireland. The Gallery's Irish paintings, sculptures and stained glass comprise almost half of the Gallery’s collection (excluding works on paper), and date from the mid-seventeenth century to the present day. He is also responsible for the National Portrait Collection, which has existed as a subsection of the national collection since the late nineteenth century, and, through commissions and acquisitions, has expanded significantly in recent years. He has organized a range of exhibitions, including Roderic O'Conor and the Moderns: Between Paris and Pont-Aven (2018), Creating History: Stories of Ireland in Art (2016), Uniform (in collaboration with Jackie Nickerson, 2016), Thomas Roberts 1748-1777 (2009), and A Time and Place: Two Centuries of Irish Social Life (2006).

Highlights of Rooney's publications include Irish Fine Art in the Early Modern Period: New Perspectives on Artistic Practice, 1620-1820 (edited with Jane Fenlon, Ruth Kenny, and Caroline Pegum, 2016), Thomas Roberts: Landscape and Patronage in Eighteenth-Century Ireland (with William Laffan, 2009), Irish Paintings in the National Gallery of Ireland Volume I (with Nicola Figgis, 2006), and The Life and Work of Harry Jones Thaddeus, 1859-1929 (2003).

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