FACING PAGES: The Art of The Great Book of Ireland
11 April - 13 July 2014
Published in 1991 and acquired by University College Cork in 2013, The Great Book of Ireland captures a significant moment of Ireland’s cultural production. This exhibition explores the ideas that went into the creation of the manuscript, the ways in which collections offer insight into specific historical moments and the legacy of such anthologies.
Through significant works on loan from the Irish Museum of Modern Art as well as UCC’s own art collection, FACING PAGES provides an opportunity to encounter the art of many of the visual artists who contributed to The Great Book such as Robert Ballagh, Cecily Brennan, Barrie Cooke, Michael Farrell, Eithne Jordan, Louis le Brocquy, Tony O’Malley, and Kathy Prendergast.
A series of ‘reading stations’ placed throughout the exhibition enables visitors to consider the literary aspect of The Great Book which includes poetry by Ciarán Carson, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Theo Dorgan, Seamus Heaney, and Derek Mahon, as well as Samuel Beckett’s final poem.
In partnership with the UCC Library, UCC School of English and the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
The exhibition has been supported by The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, The Arts Council of Ireland and private philanthropy through the Cork University Foundation.
Download the Facing Pages press release here.
FACING PAGES EVENTS
Please see detailed information on poetry readings associated with the exhibition here.
Please see detailed information on masterclasses associated with the exhibition here.
Tony Cains, Bookbinder, will give a free talk on Binding The Great Book of Ireland at 1pm on Thursday 15 May 2014.
Chris Clarke, Senior Curator at the Glucksman, will lead a free curatorial tour of the exhibition at 1pm on Friday 16 May 2014.
John Minihane, Photograper, will give a free talk Photographing Samuel Beckett at 1pm on Thursday 12 June 2014.
The image above is from The Great Book of Ireland and features the manuscript page illustrated by Rita Duffy with a poem by Ciaran Carson.