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Come enjoy dessert and view the Museum's spring exhibition – the final exhibition scheduled for its Devlin Hall location. Opening remarks will be offered at 8:00 p.m. Sponsored by the McMullen Museum. Free and open to the public. At left: Harry Clarke, The Baptism of St. Patrick, 1912 (stained glass; National College of Art and Design, Dublin).
Lecture: An Introduction: The Arts and Crafts Movement: Making it Irish
Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 4:00 p.m.
Devlin Hall room 101, Boston College
Paul Larmour of Queen's University in Belfast and author of The Arts and Crafts Movement in Ireland will provide an overview of the themes treated in the McMullen Museum's spring exhibition. The lecture is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the McMullen Museum. Free and open to the public, but registration is required. At left: Cassandra Annie Walker (designer) and Della Robbia Pottery (maker), Albarello, 1904 (glazed red earthenware with sgrafitto decoration; h. 39 cm.; National Museum of Ireland, Dublin DC 1980:25).
Lecture: Making and Breaking: Art, Hospitality and Eucharist
Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Devlin Hall 101, Boston College
Bruce Herman pursues painting with a willingness to risk loss of the image as he strives for the most fitting visual expression of his idea. He welcomes the risk that results from inviting viewers of his work to be both judge and jury, as he feels that this vulnerability is at the heart of the artistic act. In his talk “Making and Breaking: Art, Hospitality and Eucharist,” the artist and educator from Gordon College will speak about the centrality of the sacrament of the Eucharist in his work, comparing Christ’s willingness to having his body broken to artists’ willingness to expose their innermost selves so completely to others’ scrutiny. Sponsored by the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life. Free and open to the public. At left: detail from Bruce Herman's QU4RTETS No. 1 (Spring), 2012‐13 (oil and gold/silver leaf on wood).
Lecture: Culture and Society in Ireland, 1916: Contexts for the Arts and Crafts Movement
Saturday, February 27, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
Devlin Hall room 101, Boston College
Fintan O'Toole, a columnist, literary editor and drama critic for The Irish Times, is one of Ireland's leading public intellectuals. He will speak about the societal context for the Irish Arts and Crafts Movement, and lead a gallery walk through the McMullen Museum's current exhibition, The Arts and Crafts Movement: Making it Irish. Sponsored by the McMullen Museum and the Irish Studies Program. Sponsored by the McMullen Museum and the Irish Studies Program. Free and open to the public, but registration is required. At left: Phoebe Anna Traquair, The Finished Task, War 1914, 1914-18 (painted enamel; National Museums Northern Ireland, Collection Ulster Museum, Belfast, BELUM T2133).
Panel discussion and tour: Irish Arts and Crafts Connections at Boston College
Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 3:00 p.m.
O'Brien Fine Print Room, Burns Library, Boston College
Boston College's Patricia DeLeeuw will chair a panel discussion about the stained glass windows of the Burns and Bapst Libraries. Panelists include Diana Larsen (Curator of the McMullen's spring exhibition), Virginia Raguin of Holy Cross (author of Transforming Light: The Stained-Glass Windows of Boston College), Maureen Meister (Tufts University) and Milda Richardson (Northeastern University). Following the discussion, Ms. DeLeeuw will lead a tour of the windows. Sponsored by the McMullen Museum and the Irish Studies Program. Free and open to the public, but registration is required. At left: stained glass windows in Gargan Hall, Bapst Library (photograph by Gary Wayne Gilbert, from Transforming Light: The Stained-Glass Windows of Boston College).
Lecture and gallery walk: The Illustration and Stained Glass of Harry Clarke
Tuesday, April 12, 2016; 3:00 p.m.
McMullen Museum of Art, Devlin Hall, Boston College
Professor Kelly Sullivan (B.C. Ph.D. '14) of NYU's Center for Irish and Irish-American Studies will speak about the work of Harry Clarke, a leading figure in the Irish Arts and Crafts Movement, and guide attendees on a gallery walk of the McMullen Museum's exhibition The Arts and Crafts Movement: Making It Irish. Sponsored by the McMullen Museum and the Irish Studies Program. Free and open to the public, but registration is required. At left: Harry Clarke, detail of a window in St. Michael's Church in Ballinasloe, County Galway, Ireland depicting St. Patrick preaching (1925). Photo by Andreas F. Borchert. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 de via Wikimedia Commons.
On the hundredth anniversary of the Easter Rising, this first comprehensive examination of the Irish Art and Crafts movement promises to demonstrate how the visual arts of early 20th-century Ireland, like the concurrent literary revival, shaped how the Irish perceived their transformation from colony to independent nation. The exhibition will feature metalwork and textiles from University College Cork's Honan Chapel, widely considered the masterpiece of the Irish Art and Crafts movement. Objects throughout the exhibition will demonstrate how their makers evoked the rich cultural heritage of Ireland while looking ahead toward its future. Diana Larsen (Assistant Director, Exhibition Design, Collection Management and Curatori at the McMullen Museum) and Professor Vera Kreilkamp (Irish Studies), curated the exhibition in collaboration with Virginia Teehan of University College, Cork. Above: Jack Yeats (designer), Dun Emer Guild (maker), Sodality banner depicting Naomh Iarfhlaith (Saint Jarlath), 1904 (linen, silk and wool; ca. 85 x 55 cm.; St. Brendan's Cathedral/Clonfert Diocesan Museum, Loughrea).
Recreating Identity: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Ireland
Burns Library, Boston College; Library hours
February 1 – June 12, 2016
Complementing the McMullen Museum's The Arts and Crafts Movement: Making it Irish, the Burns Library's exhibit will focus on the craft and industrial societies established to promote handpress printing and bookbinding. Sponsored by the Boston College University Libraries.
Following 9/11, as the slow march to the start of the war in Iraq began, the inevitable and ubiquitous news reports ramped up as well. In response, Professor Mary Armstrong created this series of paintings as meditations on war. In them, she conveys the vulnerability of victims, the exasperating and destructive machismo of the principal actors, and even the “unfathomable connection between humor, Eros, and violence” connected with war. Sponsored by the Fine Arts Department and Boston College Libraries. Above: Mary Armstrong, Launch, 2006 (oil on panel).
Gender Identities: Expressions in the Black Community
Level One Gallery, O'Neill Library
Boston College; Library Hours
Mexican‐American artist Frank Garcia‐Ornelas (GSSW '16) created these works to "spark conversations around the topics of gender identities and expressions in the Black community," and to provoke viewers to examine their own ideologies surrounding gender identities such as hyper‐sexuality, patriarchy, hyper masculinity and homophobia. Sponsored by the Thea Bowman Intercultural Center, the Vice President for Student Affairs, and the Boston College Libraries in conjunction with Black History Month. There will be a reception for the exhibition on February 10 from
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. At left: Frank Garcia‐Ornelas '16, Beautiful Black Woman, 2016 (graphic art).
Black Artists in the Boston Area: Cultural Enrichment in the 20th and 21st Centuries
O'Neill Library Reading Room (back wall)
Boston College; Library Hours
In honor of Black History Month, Black History & African Diaspora Librarian Lawrence Busenbark has curated this exhibit of reproductions of work by some of the black artists who have lived, studied, taught and created in the greater Boston area. The area's highly regarded educational institutions, museums and galleries have drawn a talented population of black artists to the region, and the wide variety of their artistic output attests to the diversity within this community. At left: Meta Warrick Fuller, Emancipation (bronze cast in Boston's Harriet Tubman Square of the artist's 1913 plaster original).
The theme of this semester's rotating exhibit of student photography is "Boston and the Greater Boston area." At left: a photograph by Lauren Nilles '17.
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