Free Public Lecture
in association with Nano Nagle Place, at Nano Nagle Place, at noon
Saturday, 19th October 2019 Dr Róisín Kennedy *
“Harry Clarke’s Geneva Window. Censorship and Art in Ireland”
The lecture looks at the history of one of Clarke’s last and most celebrated works which was made for the International Labour Organisation in Geneva in 1929. When it was shown to members of the Irish government, they considered it to be highly unsuitable. Its representations of the female nude along with other details were regarded as inappropriate in a work intended to represent the Irish state. The Window remained in Dublin for the next fifty years and is now in a museum in Miami. The lecture examines the commissioning and production of the work and sets it within the wider contexts of the new state and the other international artworks commissioned for the International Labour Organisation. Completed in the same year as the Censorship of Publications Act, the lecture considers how visual art can be as profoundly affected by censorship as books.
The work was completed in the same year as the Censorship of Publications Act, and the lecture considers how visual art can be as profoundly affected by censorship as books.
with generous assistance from Morgan O’Driscoll Fine Art Auctioneer