'Irish Modernisms' seminars
Join artists, architects, curators and researchers for a series of conversation-based sessions exploring Modernism in NI and across global contexts.
About this event
CCA Derry~Londonderry invites you to join us for an online seminar series accompanying the launch of the exhibition Irish Modernisms. The exhibition and seminar series have been co-curated by Catherine Hemelryk (CCA Derry~Londonderry) and Matthew Retallick (Manchester School of Art). To coincide with the new exhibition Irish Modernisms: legacies of modernism in the North, the CCA Derry-Londonderry invites you to a series of mid-week talks and discussions which examine the legacy of Modernism. Starting with the island of Ireland, the geographical reach will expand over the weeks to explore global contexts. This series will culminate in a publication, which will be available through the CCA Shop.
This seminar series has been made possible through a bursary award from the British Art Network.
• Wednesday 23 June 2021, 1pm–2:30pm, Session 1: Anna Liesching (curator of art at the Ulster Museum, National Museums Northern Ireland) will discuss Irish painter Mainie Jellett (1897–1944) and Fionna Barber (Reader in Art History at the Manchester School of Art and Research Degrees Co-ordinator for Art/Visual Culture) will share research on NI sculptor Deborah Brown to look at their legacies within Irish Modernism.
• Wednesday 14 July 2021, 1pm–2:30pm, Session 2: A discussion with the exhibiting artists (James Ashe, Rachel Campbell-Palmer, Phillip McCrilly, Grace McMurray, and Ben Weir) of the CCA Derry-Londonderry show Irish Modernisms.
• Wednesday 4 August, 1pm–2:30pm, Session 3: Latin American Modernisms -Join Dr Harper Montgomery and Jorge González for the latest in our series of lunchtime talks. The speakers will explore Latin American Modernisms, with a focus on craft, colonialism, and how legacies of modernism inform contemporary artistic practice. Harper Montgomery is Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art at Hunter College, City University of New York, and Jorge González is an artist based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The talks will be followed by a facilitated Q&A and audience discussion.
• Wednesday 18 August, 1pm–2:30pm, Session 4: Post Soviet Baltic Modernisms. The next in the Global Contexts series of seminars explores modernism in the Soviet context and also the local national Estonian context with speakers Andres Kurg and Mari Laanemets, Senior Researchers at the Institute of Art History, Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn. Andres Kurg's research exploring the architecture and design of the Soviet Union in the late 1960s and 1970s. Andres will talk about the Pärnu KEK collective farm housing and office complex built in the 1970s. Mari Kaanemets will be talking about the artist and designer Sirje Runge who worked in the 1970s and 1980s in Estonia.
• Wednesday 1 September, 1pm–2:30pm, Session 5: East African Modernisms - Join Prof. Edward Denison and Dawit L. Petros for the last in our series of lunchtime talks. The speakers will explore the distinct and often radical modernisms of Eritrea, examining the relationship between African histories and European modernism. Edward Denison is Professor of Architecture and the Other at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Dawit L. Petros is a visual artist born in Eritrea and based in Chicago and Montreal.
You can book for one or more sessions in the series. Most sessions involve a presentation and/or in-conversation, followed by a separate lunch-time discussion for audience members. The lunch-time discussions will be smaller-group sessions. If the session you wish to attend is fully booked, please email [email protected] to be added to a waiting list. Registration closes 24 hours before each session. All events will take place via Zoom Pro. The seminars will be live captioned automatically. We are recording the presentations as audio by agreement with our speakers, but not the discussions.
Image: Grace McMurray, Nest (2018) headboard, satin ribbon weave, polycotton. Courtesy the artist.