Catherine Marshall, senior curator and head of the collections at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, will moderate the panel discussion “Depicting the Great Hunger Through Art,” at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27 in the Grand Courtroom of the Quinnipiac University School of Law Center. This event is free and open to the public.
Marshall will moderate a conversation between renowned artists, including Robert Ballagh, John Behan, Brian Maguire and Geraldine O’Reilly.
The panel discussion is part of Quinnipiac’s celebration of the opening of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, Músaem an Ghorta Mhóir, home to the world’s largest collection of visual art, artifacts and printed materials relating to the starvation and forced emigration that occurred throughout Ireland from 1845-52. The museum, located at 3011 Whitney Avenue in Hamden, near Quinnipiac’s Mount Carmel and York Hill campuses, will open to the public Oct. 11.
Educated at University College Dublin and Trinity College, Dublin, Marshall is co-editor of the forthcoming “Vol. V, Irish Art and Architecture.” She is on secondment from the Irish Museum of Modern Art, where she was the first head of collections from 1995-2006. She has lectured on the History of Art at Trinity College, Dublin, University College Dublin and the National College of Art and Design, served as a member of the executive of the Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies at Trinity College Dublin and been external examiner in the History of Art in Institutes of Technology in Limerick, Sligo, Waterford, Galway and Dublin.
Ballagh, an Irish painter and designer, is a graduate of the architecture program at the Dublin Institute of Technology. He worked as an engineering draughtsman, a musician and a postman before taking up fine art painting full time at age 24. Pop art is a major influence on Ballagh’s style of painting, and his artworks can be humorous as well as didactic.
Behan is an established sculptor of international stature. A founding member of the New Artists’ group in 1962 and Dublin’s innovative Project Art Centre in Dublin in 1967, Behan has been awarded many honors and became a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1990.
A fiercely expressive painter, Maguire’s principal topics have always been sexual and political alienation. He has consistently brought his mordant wit and savage indignation to bear on the indignities inflicted on the oppressed individual.
O’Reilly, a visual artist and printmaker, has had 16 solo exhibitions and shown in many selected group exhibitions throughout Ireland as well as America, Australia, France, Belgium, Sweden and England. Her one-person exhibition for the Hamilton Gallery, Sligo opened in October 2011 and ran for three weeks. She has just completed two series of photo etchings based on work done on a residency at the Heinrich Boll House, Achill Island, Co Mayo and Inishmurray Island, Sligo Bay.
For more information, call 203-582-8652.