Christopher Cahill, Executive Director, Pace American Irish Institute
212-346-1574, cell 917-952-0141, email@example.com
Christopher T. Cory, Pace Public Information, 212-346-1117, cell 917-608-8164
PACE SYMPOSIUM TO PROBE PATRICK IRELAND/BRIAN O’DOHERTY,
PROTEAN POLYMATH OF THE ARTS
International symposium May 3 to explore links between
work of acclaimed artist and writer and that of artists as diverse as
Marcel Duchamp, James Joyce, and Borromini
New York, NY, April 30, 2007 — “Patrick Ireland/Brian O’Doherty remains under-recognized, though he is a significant contemporary artist and author with more than 40 one-person shows in the US and abroad and had a much-praised career retrospective exhibition in 2006 in Ireland,” says Christopher Cahill, director of the Pace University Institute for American Irish Studies. “This symposium should illuminate his multifarious, interrelated gifts — and even his puckish humor.”
So, who is Patrick Ireland/Brian O’Doherty and why the two names?
• As a painter, he sometimes runs strings through art galleries to create abstract shapes that recombine as a viewer walks around them.
• He helped develop the avant-garde Conceptual art movement.
• His works are owned by museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA and the Centre Pompidou.
• He’s the former art critic of The New York Times and the “Today” show.
• He’s a novelist whose “The Deposition of Father McGreevie” was short-listed for the UK’s famed Booker Prize in 2000.
• He created major public television series like American Masters and Great Performances as a senior official of the National Endowment for the Arts.
• The dual names arise because he is an Irish patriot whose real name is Brian O’Doherty but who has vowed to exhibit his art under the name “Patrick Ireland” until “until such time as the British military presence is removed from Northern Ireland.”
He will soon be accorded an all-day symposium on his work in the Multipurpose Room of Pace University’s downtown New York City campus, 1 Pace Plaza near City Hall (enter on Spruce St.), from 10 am to 5 pm on Thursday, May 3. Presented by the Pace University Institute for American Irish Studies, US and international critics and scholars will explore links between Ireland/O’Doherty’s art and writing and the works of other cultural pioneers.
The program is free and open to the public. The full schedule can be found at page.cfm?doc_id=16017. Lunch will be available in the University cafeteria. Reservations are suggested at 212-346-1593 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The symposium is supported by grants from the Luce Foundation and Ethelyn A. Chase, Chair Emerita of the American Academy of Poets.
The symposium will be introduced by Lynn Gumpert, Director of the Grey Art Gallery at NYU and moderated by Christopher Cahill, Executive Director of the Institute for American Irish Studies at Pace University. Speakers will include, among others, Martin Filler, independent critic, on Ireland’s Rope Drawings; Liam Kelly, Professor of Visual Culture, University of Ulster, Belfast, on Ireland’s performative Vowel Grid; Christina Kennedy, Senior Curator: Head of Collection, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, on Ireland and Borromini; James McManus, Professor of Art History, California State University at Chico, on Ireland and Duchamp; Brenda Moore-McCann, independent scholar and critic, on aesthetics and conceptual art; Whitney Rugg, Ph.D. candidate, University of Chicago, on O’Doherty and the National Endowment for the Arts; and Gemma Tipton, independent critic, on Ireland’s Casa dipinta in Todi, Italy. Program notes are being written by Patricia Hamill, a professor in the Pace University English department.
Twelve-week mini festival. The Pace symposium, evocatively titled “One Here Now: The Art and Writing of Patrick Ireland/ Brian O’Doherty,” is the largest event in a 12-week US retrospective on the artist that began April 17 with an exhibition at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery (through July 14) accompanied by gallery talks, lectures, and performances by the author of his “Vowel Poems” and a “Structural Play.” Information on NYU events at www.nyu.edu/greyart.
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