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HA4007 Irish Modern and Contemporary Art

Module Organiser: Dr Yvonne Scott
Duration of the Module: Michaelmas and Hilary term
Contact Hours: 1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
Weighting: 20 ECTS
Assessment: Continuous assessment (30%) and two Summer examinations (70%)

Students will explore the nature and development of Irish imagery from the turn of the century when Hugh Lane called for a recognisably national art, to the multicultural post-colonial context of contemporary Irish art. The module will focus on a range of significant artists and movements, considering them in the context of relevant art historical issues and events both native and international. In addition to the College's own art collection, use will be made of the substantial visual resources in the vicinity.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • identify the work of a range of significant Irish artists during the period 1880-2010
  • critically analyze the thematic content and methods of representation of art over the period
  • describe the range of materials used to make art over the period, and an appraise both the functional and the symbolic / semiotic application of materials
  • outline the wider national and international context and its relevance for the production of art in the period
  • engage critically with a range of selected texts on the art history, visual culture, and critical theory relevant to Irish art addressed by the module
  • explain the stylistic, philosophical, and / or theoretical bases of various art movements
  • assess the importance of the infrastructure for the exhibition of art

Last updated 4 September 2014