Dublin Contemporary @ Trinity
During the month of October, the main façade at Trinity College Dublin will, for the first time in its 420-year history, form a unique backdrop to an artwork created specifically for the university as part of Dublin Contemporary 2011. Ireland is currently staging the first international contemporary art exhibition to permeate and pulsate through the capital and beyond, featuring over 114 Irish and international artists. At the heart of the city stands Trinity College, familiar to all who pass through and by it, and for a period of one month the principal College Green face of the university will display the latest work by Paris based, Yugoslavian born artist Braco Dimitrijević entitled ‘Casual Passer-by I met at 3.46 PM, Dublin 2011’(Download artist's biography, pdf 392kb).
In addition to this artwork and in association with Dublin Contemporary 2011, the campus will play host to a captivating programme of talks, tours, discussions, and performances organised by the College Art Collections and the Department of the History of Art and Architecture, aided by the Student Visual Arts Society and supported by the Trinity Creative Arts Technologies and Culture initiative www.tcd.ie/catc Shows and events are also underway at The Douglas Hyde Gallery and The Science Gallery.
Highlights include an opportunity to join the Curator’s tour of Trinity College’s art collections on Thursday 6th October at 6pm; a panel discussion led by the Dublin Contemporary Irish and international curatorial team on Wednesday 12th October at 7pm; a one-off performance piece related to 'Hello Sam' by Brian O'Doherty, Joe Stanley and Christina Kennedy, through the campus to the National Gallery on the 13th October as a prelude to a unique chance to meet the artist, critic and Booker prize nominated novelist Brian O’Doherty / Patrick Ireland on Friday 14th October where he will perform one of his ‘Vowel Poems’; an invitation to celebrate the launch of The Science Gallery’s new exhibition ‘Surface Tension: The Future of Water’ on Thursday 20th October from 6pm; and on Wednesday 2nd November, a fascinating talk by Jeremy Lewison, curator of The Douglas Hyde Gallery exhibition, ‘Alice Neel: Family’.
Braco Dimitrijevic, CASUAL PASSER-BY I MET AT 3.59 PM, Paris, 1988
Dublin Contemporary’s very international platform also affords Trinity the wonderful opportunity to announce a future addition to the College collections by commissioning a new artwork for the campus to celebrate the life and research achievements of Ernest T.S. Walton, professor of Physics at Trinity College from 1947-74, and the 60th anniversary of his receiving the Nobel Prize. The artwork will be unveiled in 2012 to mark Dublin’s year as the European City of Science.
Trinity’s involvement with Dublin Contemporary 2011 follows on last year’s highly successful anniversary exhibitions and events celebrating 50 years of collecting, displaying and promoting modern and contemporary Irish and international visual arts practice at College. The collaboration is also the first major event in the new academic calendar of the Provost’s Creative Arts Technologies and Culture initiative www.tcd.ie/catc . Trinity’s contributions to the visual arts include the establishment of the first ever university art gallery in Ireland, the temporary ‘Exhibition Hall’ at the Berkeley Library (1967-77), which found its permanent form in The Douglas Hyde Gallery from 1978 onwards, as a collaboration with the Arts Council of Ireland. Since 1959, Trinity’s students and staff on campus have enjoyed a picture hire scheme drawn from the College’s collection of modern and contemporary art. The campus itself is the context for the display of the College art collection, interacting in the daily lives of the students, staff and the visiting public within a special environment enhanced by campus sculpture, portraiture and contemporary artworks distributed throughout the institution. In recent times, The Douglas Hyde Gallery has employed the campus as a context to inspire and display temporary exhibitions, and, in this vein, the College is proud to welcome Dublin Contemporary 2011 and Braco Dimitrijević to avail of art as an ideal medium to inspire new ideas, connections and experiences between the College, the city and the visual arts community. We look forward to many more creative collaborations.
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