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This new series of online Curator’s Talks provides an in depth introduction to each chapter of the museum-wide exhibition, The Narrow Gate of the Here-and-Now and explores the themes that frame a selection of IMMA Collection artworks from the last three decades. This exhibition considers the effects of globalisation today, drawing on Irish contexts of the last 30-year period. From 19 November 2021 all four exhibition chapters are available for viewing across the museum’s galleries, and this Curator’s Talks series gives an essential insight into the themes, artists and curatorship of this significant exhibition that marks the museum’s 30th Birthday.

Each online talk takes the form of an illustrated presentation that includes;

Queer Embodiment presented by Seán Kissane on 24 November 2021

The Anthropocene presented by Claire Walsh on 08 December 2021

Social Fabric presented by Georgie Thompson on 26 January 2022

Protest and Conflict presented by Johanne Mullen on 02 March 2022

All talks are scheduled on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm – 7:15pm.

Online Details: All Curator’s Talks in this series take place online via zoom, see programme details and registration link per talk below.


Programme Details

Below is an outline of The Narrow Gate of the Here-and-Now Curator’s Talk Series that runs on 24 Nov / 08 December / 26 January/ 02 March. All talks are scheduled on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm – 7:15pm (GMT – Dublin).

Queer Embodiment
Wed 24 Nov, 6.30pm

Registration: To attend using zoom platform, register here

Join Seán Kissane Curator, Exhibitions, who introduces the exhibition The Narrow Gate of the Here-and-Now, and theme of focus, Queer Embodiment. This first chapter draws on the Museum’s Collection and Archive that reflect a strong history of feminist practice, relaying the defiance of women in Ireland against church and state oppression, as well as queer histories that capture moments of resistance and joy. Through a selection works, Kissane’s talk looks at the legislative changes that occurred in Irish society such as the decriminalisation of homosexuality (1993), provision of divorce (1996), marriage equality (2015) and the repeal of the Eighth Amendment (2018). The exhibition positions IMMA’s inception in 1991 as part of a crucial moment in the history of globalisation, within wider European contexts.

This talk explores a selection of artworks by the artists featured in the exhibition that includes; Bassam Al Sabah; Asylum Archive / Vukašin Nedeljkovic; Cecily Brennan; Amanda Coogan; Vivienne Dick; Lucian Freud; Kevin Gaffney; Gilbert & George; Anita Groener; Patrick Hall; Patrick Hennessy; Rebecca Horn; Shirazeh Houshiary; Patricia Hurl; Jaki Irvine; Graciela Iturbide; Derek Jarman; Sandra Johnston; Eithne Jordan; Klein and Kühne; Breda Lynch; Alice Maher; Maser; William McKeown; Zanele Muholi; Doireann O’Malley; Alan Phelan; Names Project, AIDS Memorial Quilt; Billy Quinn; Rochelle Rubinstein; Rajinder Singh; Kiki Smith; Wolfgang Tillmans; Andrew Vickery; Amna Walayat; Eimear Walshe; Apichatpong Weerasethakul and others. See more details here


The Anthropocene
Wed 08 Dec, 6.30pm

Registration: To attend using zoom platform, register here

Join Claire Walsh, Assistant Curator, Collections, who introduces the second chapter of The Narrow Gate of the Here-and-Now, The Anthropocene. Presented in the Garden Galleries, this exhibition considers the present geological era in which human activity has become visible as a dominant and destructive influence on the Earth’s systems. The exhibition looks at the colonial origins of the Museum and how its legacies continue to shape understandings of the world around us – from the classification of mineral, plant and animal life, while immersive installations draw attention to the rapid acceleration of our lives in the last three decades. This timely chapter explores deep histories and speculative futures at a moment of reckoning with climate change.

This talk explores a selection of artworks by the artists featured in the exhibition that includes; Thomas Bewick, Karl Blossfeldt, Christo, Jack Coughlin, Dorothy Cross, Oein DeBhairduin, Giorgio de Chirico, John Doherty, Michelle Doyle, Albrecht Dürer, Jimmie Durham, Harold Edgerton, Hamish Fulton, Edy Fung, David Godbold, Colin Harrison, Camille Henrot, Damien Hirst, William Hogarth, Nevill Johnson, Mark Joyce, Karrabing Collective, John Kindness, Brian King, Stefan Kürten, Nevan Lahart, Les Levine, Breda Lynch, Alice Maher, Tim Mara, Leanne McDonagh, Dennis McNulty, Gary Merrin, Rivane Neuenschwander, Cóilín O’Connell, Anthony O’Connor, Aoife O’Toole, The Otolith Group, Katie Paterson, Collette Portal, Paulus Potter, Elizabeth Povinelli, Adrian Pujol, Pablo Runyan, Noel Sheridan, Frank Sweeney, United Press International, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Elinor Wiltshire.See more details here


Social Fabric
Wed 26 Jan, 6.30pm

Registration: To attend using zoom platform, register here

Join Georgie Thompson, Assistant Curator, Exhibitions who introduces the third chapter of the exhibition The Narrow Gate of the Here-and-Now, Social Fabric. Presented in the East Ground Galleries, this exhibition shows how artists have used textiles, as a space of resistance and activism. Included are works which address how textile materiality has been used as a vehicle for interactivity, a collective voice, peripheral communities and agency. More details to follow shortly.


Protest and Conflict
Wed 02 March, 6.30pm

Registration: To attend using zoom platform, register here

Join Johanne Mullan, Curator, Collection who introduces The final chapter, Chapter Four: Protest and Conflict. This chapter looks at the ways artists have utilised protest as a dynamic act of resistance and assertion; subverting power while surrounded by turmoil and conflict; documenting shifting narratives linked to the creation of the world wide web and the digital dissemination of information and disinformation. More details to follow shortly.


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