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Selena Daly, Lecturer, Royal Holloway, University of London, discusses the shaping of Swanzy’s aesthetic and the influence of the Italian avant-garde on her work. Reflecting on Swanzy’s first-hand encounters with Futurism in Italy prior to the First World War, Daly traces Futurist connections in Swanzy’s work, and examines the movement’s reception in Ireland, at a time when Irish society was experiencing huge social and political upheaval.

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About the Speaker

Selena Daly is a Lecturer of Modern European History at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is a specialist of the Futurist movement and her book Italian Futurism and the First World War (University of Toronto Press, 2016) was one of five non-fiction titles nominated for The Bridge Book Prize in 2017. She has published widely on the art, literature, and history of the Italian avant-garde. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2014-15.

About the Artist

Mary Swanzy  1882–1978

Mary Swanzy (1882-1978) is a unique Irish artist. Her level of achievement, world travel and original thinking is unmatched in Irish art, yet this is the first retrospective of her work in 50 years. She witnessed the birth of Modern art in Paris before the First World War and her work rapidly evolved through the different styles of the day, each of them interpreted and transformed by her in a highly personal way. View Artist »

About the Exhibition 

This talk is programmed in the context of the exhibition Mary Swanzy, Voyages, 26 October 2018 – 17 February 2019. This IMMA initiated exhibition aims to reintroduce our audiences to this artist’s extraordinary achievements and reinstate her as a Modern Irish Master. A fully illustrated monograph accompanies the exhibition with text by Seán Kissane and a biography by Liz Cullinane. The exhibition is presented as part of the IMMA Modern Masters Series.