McMullen Museum of Art Boston College



GONE: Site-specific Works by Dorothy Cross: April 14 – July 12, 2005
Artist will Lecture at Public Opening Event: Thursday, April 14

CHESTNUT HILL, MA (4-05) — This spring, the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College will host GONE: Site-specific Works by Dorothy Cross, which brings attention to the internationally renowned artist’s work in this genre. Cross will attend and speak at the April 14 opening reception (see below); the exhibition will be on display through July 12, 2005.

The exhibition—the first to make the publicly acclaimed site-specific work by one of Ireland’s most outstanding contemporary artists available to an expanded audience and to permanently document Cross’s work in a catalogue—will be on display April 14-July 12, 2005. [Note: Also on display during that period: TREE: A New Vision of the American Forest; Photographs by James Balog. The artist will be at BC for a public opening reception and lecture on April 29. Call (617) 552-8100 or see for more information on the exhibition.]

“This exhibition is the brainchild of [Boston College English Department] Professor Robin Lydenberg, a renowned literary critic and cultural theorist, who has been studying the site-specific art of Dorothy Cross, one of Ireland’s most celebrated contemporary artists, for several years,” said McMullen Museum Director and Professor of Art History Nancy Netzer. “In the accompanying catalogue, she has written an inspired scholarly analysis of this ephemeral work; through her writings and the skill of Stephen Vedder [of BC’s Media Technology Services], who produced photographs of Cross’s installations for this exhibition, the McMullen audience will have the unique opportunity to examine the entire scope of Cross’s site-specific art at a single location.”

In June 2005, the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin will mount a major retrospective of Dorothy Cross’s work that will coincide with the McMullen Museum exhibit.

Public Opening Event: Thursday, April 14

A public event to celebrate the opening of the exhibition will be held at the McMullen Museum on Thursday, April 14, 2005 from 7-9:30 p.m. The event will be co-hosted by the Consul General of Ireland in Boston, with the Honorable Isolde Moylan attending. Dorothy Cross will attend, and at 8 p.m. will discuss her art as part of the University’s Lowell Humanities Lecture Series. [NOTE: To arrange attendance, call 617-552-8587 or email]

GONE: Site-specific Works by Dorothy Cross

Using a variety of media, Cross engages the particularities of a given time and place, while simultaneously capturing the psychic commonality of anxiety and desire. Her work is highly conceptual and theoretical, but retains the actuality of place and the materiality of the object. Temporary site-specific works are generally seen by relatively few spectators and leave no concrete, lasting form; they are preserved through documentation in photographs, videos or written accounts.

The exhibition comprises 68 color and black-and-white photographs documenting Cross's installations, and two slide projections of images that evoke the presence of the original works. In addition, four videos and sculptural objects will be installed in the museum galleries to approximate the original viewing space; there also will be a monumental outdoor video projection.

“The multi-media projects assembled here were executed over the past decade in such varied locations as a Byzantine church in Istanbul and an abandoned handball court in Galway,” said exhibition curator and Boston College English Department Professor Robin Lydenberg. “Because these pieces were often created in remote places and for very short periods of time, they were seen by relatively small audiences.

“The McMullen Museum exhibition documents these ‘GONE’ works in photographs, videos and sculptures from the original installations. The stunningly illustrated catalogue includes Cross’s account of the conceptual and technical evolution of several of the works,” added Lydenberg, whose commentary provides the first in-depth analysis of these projects. The exhibition will be organized into three thematic sections: “The Return of the Repressed,” “The Impossibility of Desire” and “The Inevitability of Loss."

[MEDIA NOTE: Exhibition images available upon request from the McMullen Museum: call Naomi Blumberg at (617) 552-4676.]

On Friday, April 29 from 7:30-10:30 p.m., the McMullen Museum of Art—in conjunction with the Boston College Arts Festival (more on page 3)—will present a monumental outdoor continuous video projection on the O’Neill Library (viewable from the front of the Museum) of Eyemaker, a video by Dorothy Cross (22 minutes); as well as projections from James Balog’s McMullen Museum exhibition TREE: A New Vision of the American Forest.

Dorothy Cross

Cross represented Ireland in the 1993 Venice Biennial and has participated in both the Istanbul and Liverpool Biennials. In recent years, she has had a number of solo exhibitions including Dorothy Cross; Ebb, at The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (1988);Parthenon at Camden Arts Centre, London (1992), and at the Arnolfini, Bristol (1996). She also has been part of a number of important group exhibitions. In 1999, Cross was awarded the Nissan Public Art Prize, resulting in her production of Ghost Ship—a luminescent ship temporarily moored in Dublin’s Dun Laoghaire Harbor. Cross’s work is represented in the permanent collections of the Tate Modern in London, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Hugh Lane Municipal Art Gallery Dublin, the Arnolfini Trust, ArtPace Foundation, the Norton Collection, Arts Council of Ireland, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and many corporate and private collections in the U.S. and Europe. The artist lives and works in County Galway.

McMullen Museum of Art

The McMullen Museum is renowned for organizing interdisciplinary exhibitions that ask new questions and break new ground in the display and scholarship of the works on view. It serves as a dynamic educational resource for all of New England as well as the national and the international community. The Museum displays its notable permanent collection and mounts exhibitions of international scholarly importance from all periods and cultures of the history of art.

The Charles S. and Isabella V. McMullen Museum of Art was named in 1996 in honor of the late parents of Boston College benefactor, trustee and art collector John J. McMullen. In keeping with the University’s central teaching mission, the Museum’s exhibitions are accompanied by scholarly catalogues and related public programs. The 10th anniversary of the formal reopening of the Museum was marked in 2003-04.

McMullen Museum Hours and Tours Admission to the McMullen Museum is free; it is handicapped accessible and open to the public. The Museum is located in Devlin Hall on the Chestnut Hill campus of Boston College, at 140 Commonwealth Avenue.

Through May, the McMullen Museum hours are as follows: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The Museum will be closed on April 18 and May 30.

Group tours may be arranged upon request, by calling (617) 552-8587. For directions, parking and program information, visit the web site at or call (617) 552-8100.

Exhibition Organizer

Accommodations of Desire: Surrealist Works on Paper Collected by Julien Levy is organized and circulated by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, and is curated by Ingrid Schaffner and Colin Westerbeck. Drawings and prints, unless otherwise noted, have been lent by the Jean Farley Levy Estate. Photographs have been lent by David Raymond, New York. The accompanying color catalogue includes essays by the curators. The exhibition has been underwritten by Boston College with major support from the Patrons of the McMullen Museum of Art.

Boston College Arts Festival: April 28-30, 2005

Open to the public—with most events free—the seventh annual festival is expected to draw some 12,000 attendees. It showcases over 800 BC students' artistic achievements in the performing, visual and literary arts. Events take place from noon until 10:00 p.m. on O'Neill Plaza under heated tents and in surrounding campus buildings. Many faculty and alumni will also participate.

Photographer and author James Balog, a 1974 alumnus of the university, will attend the Arts Festival to receive the 3rd Annual Arts Council Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement. For more information about his BC visit—which includes his exclusive public appearances in Boston—visit or call the BC Arts Festival Hotline at (617) 552-ARTS (2787). An RSVP is required for the April 29 reception (7-9:30 p.m.) at the McMullen Museum, where he will speak about his work from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in Devlin Hall room 008 (RSVP: or call 617-552-4935).