a video overview of Éire|Land (Real Media).
selected works from the exhibition.
From its earliest history, Ireland has been
contested land, claimed by waves of invaders, each attempting to
inscribe and possess the island territory. Cultural artifacts that
reveal this contested past are, therefore, central to any historical
exploration of Ireland. From February 2 to May 19, 2003, the McMullen
Museum at Boston College presents the first major art exhibition
to examine this theme over the past seven centuries.
Éire/Land is comprised of nearly 100
outstanding works of art from the medieval to the modern period,
including the finest works of their kind from Irish museums, the
British Library, and private collections. The works selected exemplify
the ways that the idea of land as an icon of the Irish nation has
pervaded Irish visual culture. Through this exhibition, the McMullen
Museum builds on its success as a leading proponent of Irish art,
which until recently was largely excluded from the canon of art
historical scholarship in North America. View
a list of contributors to Éire|Land.
This interdisciplinary project considers Irish
visual culture in its fullest cultural and political settings. Drawing
on original research by prominent international scholars and the
largest and most distinguished Irish Studies faculty in the country,
catalogue essays and developed wall texts relate objects to new
scholarship in a variety of disciplines. Thus, visitors respond
to visual representations of Ireland's land in a historically informed
In the footsteps of Giraldus Cambrensis