Spring 2016 Lunchtime lecture Series
Lectures will be held in the gallery lecture theatre
From 1.00 to 2.00 pm
Admission is €5 and all are welcome
In the commemoration year of the Irish Rebellion three of our spring lectures focus on Irish art and social and political history at the beginning of the twentieth century with lectures from James G.R. Cronin, Dr Roisin Kennedy and Dr Eimear O’Connor.
To coincide with the gallery’s exhibition, Adam Buck (1759 -1833) A Regency Artist from Cork, we look at the life and work of Regency artist, Adam Buck, with Dr Alicia St Leger.
Peter Murray, Director of the Crawford, looks at the influence on modern Irish art of the American artist, Morris Graves, who lived in Ireland during the fifties and early sixties.
We are delighted to welcome Dr Dora Thornton, curator at the British Museum, who will explore the Waddesdon Bequest and the setting up of a new gallery space for this magnificent collection at the British Museum.
Friday 12 February 1–2pm
James G.R. Cronin, University College Cork
William Orpen’s Irishness: Fluidity of national identity during a revolutionary decade 1912-22
In this lecture James Cronin responds to the paintings of Dublin artist William Orpen, portrait painter, art educator and war artist, as a series of meditations on the theme of the fluidity of national identity produced during Ireland’s revolutionary decade (1912-22). How did Orpen define "Irishness" during this turbulent period? What lessons can we learn from Orpen's ideas of Irishness as we approach the pivotal event in the decade of commemorations?
Friday 19 February 1–2pm
Dr Alicia St Leger, Historian
Adam Buck - A Regency Artist From Cork
To coincide with the gallery’s exhibition Adam Buck (1759 -1833) A Regency Artist from Cork, Dr Alicia St Leger will talk about the Cork artist whose portraits depicted the literary, theatrical, social and political figures of the Regency period. Alive to the political issues of his day his early sitters were members of the United Irishmen, including John Sheares.
Friday 26 February 1–2pm
Peter Murray, Director Crawford Art Gallery
Morris Graves Contrarian, Recluse or Genius?
Graves in Ireland 1954 -1964
A highly respected and reclusive American artist, Morris Graves, came to Baltimore in West Cork in 1954 and thereafter, for the next ten years, lived in various locations around Ireland. Peter Murray analyses his contribution to modern Irish art during this period
Friday 4 March 1–2pm
Dr Róisín Kennedy, School of Art History and Cultural Policy UCD
Art and Rebellion in Ireland
Artists played an important role in the 1916 Rising and its aftermath both as participants and more significantly as observers and as interpreters. Dr Roisin Kennedy looks at the ways in which art contributed to revolutionary ideas on Irish identity and how it responded to the reality of violent insurrection and its subsequent impact on Irish life. The lecture will include the work of Beatrice Elvery, Lady Glenavy, William Orpen, Estella Solomons, Jack B. Yeats, Sean Keating and John Lavery amongst others.
Thursday 10 March 1–2pm
Dr Éimear O’Connor HRHA
Conflicting Visions in a Turbulent Age 1900–1916
Dr Eimear O’Connor is the curator of the gallery’s forthcoming exhibition, Conflicting Visions in a Turbulent Age 1900 – 1916. This exhibition will focus on themes, both social and political, that affected Ireland between 1900 and 1916. It also looks at artistic responses to the Rising at the time and again in 1966 and 2016. The exhibition will include paintings sculpture, posters photographs and film footage. Dr O’Connor explores these themes in her lecture.
Friday 11 March 1–2pm
Dr Dora Thornton, Curator British Museum
The Waddesdon Bequest at the British Museum
The Waddesdon Bequest named, after the home of its collector Ferdinand Rothschild, contains some of the most impressive works in the British Museum’s European treasures. It consists of about 300 medieval and Renaissance objects. The Holy Thorn Reliquary, from the Collection, was described by Neil MacGregor as “a single-object museum” in the BBC series - A History of the World in 100 Objects. Dr Dora Thornton, the curator of the Bequest and Renaissance Europe at the museum, will talk about the collection and the design of the new gallery that
allows, for the first time, a close up viewing of the collection with additional screens that give a 3D screening of the
objects in fine detail.