Lewis Glucksman Gallery

© Lewis Glucksman Gallery
© Lewis Glucksman Gallery

The Gallery
The Lewis Glucksman Gallery is a cultural and educational institution that promotes the research, creation and exploration of the visual arts. Located at the main entrance to University College Cork on Western Road, the Glucksman is an award-winning building that includes display spaces, lecture facilities, a riverside restaurant and gallery shop (open Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., closed Saturday, Sunday, Monday).

Dr. Lewis Glucksman (1925 – 2006)
The Lewis Glucksman Gallery is named in honour of Dr Lewis Glucksman. Dr. Glucksman was a successful investment banker and renowned philanthropist who with his wife, Loretta Brennan Glucksman, generously supported cultural and educational projects in Ireland and the US.
Loretta Brennan Glucksman is currently the Honorary Patron of the gallery.

© Lewis Glucksman Gallery
© Lewis Glucksman Gallery

 

For the current exhibition(s), see below

 

CONTACT :
Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork, Ireland
at t. + 353 21 4901844 and info@glucksman.org

You can keep up to date with the gallery’s events and exhibitions by following the Glucksman’s Instagram account! instagram.com//glucksmangallery
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or by following them at twitter.com/glucksmangallery
or by just dropping in to say hello!

Here are some recent tasters:

To learn about new media art:
Art + Ideas: Dr. Sarah Cook  1 p.m., Wednesday, 11th February
glucksman.org/artandideas.html

To hear from artists and film-makers:
Perspectives: Artist Talk series
Alan Phelan, artist, 1 p.m., Thursday, 19th February
Gavin Murphy, artist, 1 p.m., Thursday, 26th February
Carmel Winters, film-maker, date tbc
glucksman.org/perspectives.html

For family audiences:
Family Sundays: making art together 3-4 p.m., Sundays from 11th January-15th March, 2015
glucksman.org/familysundays.html

We look forward to welcoming you.

The GLUCKSMAN team

                                                                                      

 

Lunchtime Talks 2017

Elke Arendt
Senior lecturer in the school of Food and Nutritional Sciences, UCC
Wednesday, 8th February, 1 p.m.

Chris Fite-Wassilak
Curator
Friday, 10th February, 1 p.m.

Abigail O’Brien
Artist
Thursday, 16th February, 1 p.m

For further information on any upcoming talks see glucksman.org
Free & All Welcome

 

                                                                                      

 

Current Exhibition(s)

 

Coming Friday, 4th August, 2017

Now Wakes the Sea
Contemporary art and the ocean

Features work by Tacita Dean, Marcel Dinahet, Sean Lynch, Maria McKinney, Conrad Shawcross, Lucy Skaer, Janaina Tschäpe, Andreas Kindler von Knobloch, and Anna Zacharoff.

The exhibition is curated by Chris Clarke and Kirstie North.

Deep Maps
West Cork Coastal Cultures

An Irish Research Council funded project led by Prof. Claire Connolly and Dr. Rob McAllen that investigates the biological, cultural and historical context of the south west coast of Ireland from 1700 to 1920.

The exhibition is curated by Dr. Michael Waldron.

 

Enter Stage Left
The craft of theatre in art

The theatre is traditionally seen as a space of storytelling and illusion, where the spectator surrenders to the narrative. In Enter Stage Left, various dramatic devices such as sets, props, lighting and script, are utilised by Irish and international contemporary artists to explore and disrupt the enchantment of thespian conventions. The exhibition is a peek behind the scenes, a revealing look at the craft of theatre and the ways in which artists have reimagined the stage through the prism of art.

Artists: Ella de Búrca, Lothar Götz, Aoibheann Greenan, Barbara Kasten, Gareth Kennedy, David Noonan, Alexandre Singh, and Althea Thauberger.

Join us for a panel discussion and preview of Enter Stage Left at 4 p.m. Friday, April 7, with the artists Aoibheann Greenan, Lothar Gotz and Professor Manfred Schewe (Drama and Theatre, UCC).

SET in TIME
Drawings from the Serge Lifar Collection

From 1909 to 1929, Sergei Diaghilev commissioned artists from the School of Paris such as Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Max Ernst and Henri Matisse, alongside prominent Russian painters to design sets and costumes for the Ballets Russes, one of great artistic movements of the early 20th century. Serge Lifar, principal dancer and eventual Director of the Ballets Russes, collected these works of art and the Serge Lifar Collection at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum in Hartford, Connecticut, is now recognised as invaluable evidence of the emergence of modernism in theatre and in Western art.

Through generous support from the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, the Glucksman is proud to present a curated selection of the Serge Lifar Collection in Ireland for the first time. The exhibition SET in TIME includes 33 works on paper with set and costume designs by some of the most renowned artists of the 20th century, revealing how their creative responses to stage and performance gave expression to the modern sensibility in art.

Artists: Georges Braque, Giorgio de Chirico, Jean Cocteau, André Derain, Max Ernst, Naum Gabo, Nathalie Gontcharova, Juan Gris, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Georges Rouault, and Pavel Tchelitchew.

Enter Stage Left and SET in TIME will open with a special launch by Nicholas Fox Weber, Executive Director at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 13 April. All Welcome.

 

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Gut Instinct

Art, Food and Feeling

25th November 2016 – 19th March 2017

Gutted, gutsy, gut feelings, gut wrenching, butterflies in your tummy, go with your gut – are all expressions used in everyday language, art and literature to portray a raft of human emotions. How we feel is driven by both emotional and visceral signals and while neuroscientists by training are conditioned to think of what is happening above the neck in terms of the regulation of our emotions, research at the APC Microbiome Institute is literally turning this concept upside down as scientists begin to realise the importance of gut function and the food we eat as critical to our mental well-being.

Food has long been the subject of works of art. In recent times, artists have also examined eating behaviours and the mechanisms of consumption as a way to comment on contemporary society.

From artworks that explore the materiality of foodstuffs to creative provocations that test the boundaries of good taste and revulsion, Gut Instinct: Art, food and feeling draws on cutting edge research by John Cryan, Professor and Chair, Anatomy and Neuroscience, UCC, and his colleagues at the APC Microbiome Institute, to explore how digestion relates to our mental and emotional states.

Artists: Marina Abramovic, Sonja Alhäuser, Domestic Godless, Elif Erkan, Fiona Hallinan, Siobhan McGibbon, Abigail O’Brien, Thomas Rentmeister, and Neil Shawcross

Curated by Chris Clarke, John Cryan and Fiona Kearney

in association with the APC Microbiome Institute

 

I Went to the Woods, The artist as wanderer

Exhibition opening on Friday, 22nd July 2016
I Went to the Woods looks at how artists have experienced and portrayed their surroundings in the course of walks, journeys and aimless wanderings. Featuring works by Irish and international artists, the exhibition explores the artist as a drifter, nomad, and traveller, who captures the external environment through the careful observation of their surroundings and the collection of materials, objects and images.

In this way, the artists in I Went to the Woods epitomise a sense of rugged individualism and romantic idealism, a worldview expressed in Henry David Thoreau’s statement that gives its title to the exhibition: “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

The exhibition has been supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, Danish Arts Foundation, Embassy of Denmark, Ireland, the Flemish Agency for Art and Heritage and private philanthropy through Cork University Foundation.

Free Admission. Suggested donation €5

Recent Exhibitions

 

2116: Forecast of the next century

Artists: Amanda Coogan, Maud Cotter, Gary Coyle, Eleanor Duffin, Damien Flood, Siobhán Hapaska, Ramon Kassam, Sam Keogh, Ruth Lyons, Eoin McHugh, Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, Mairead O’hEocha, Niamh O’Malley, Darn Thorn, Lee Welch, and the Centre for Genomic Gastronomy.

2116 has been organised in collaboration with the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, MI, USA.
2116 is a forecast of the next century. It explores our predictions and projections of an increasingly globalised and technology-driven world, and asks how Ireland will look from both within the country and from outside. From our contemporary vantage point, halfway between the origins of Irish independence in 1916 and an unknown, imagined future, how do visual artists see the next 100 years?
The exhibition 2116: Forecast of the next century features 16 Irish artists whose works present a vision of our changing society, the technological advances, progress and decline that will shape the coming century. Taking place one hundred years after the Easter Rising, 2116 is a platform for what is rising now and a way for Ireland in all its definitions to begin to imagine what lies ahead.

Siobhán Hapaska a great miracle needs to happen there, 2011
Siobhán Hapaska
a great miracle needs to happen there, 2011

The sixteen artists for the 2116 exhibition were selected by Chris Clarke, Senior Curator at the Glucksman; Caitlín Doherty, Curator and Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs at Broad Art Museum; and Emma-Lucy O’Brien, Curator at VISUAL, Carlow through invitation and an open submission process.
An extensive programme of curated events, performances, lectures, and educational activities takes place at the Glucksman during the exhibition run.
2116 is a collaboration between two partner organisations which are both world-class architectural art spaces in regional settings: O’Donnell + Tuomey’s Lewis Glucksman Gallery at University College Cork, Ireland (2004) and Zaha Hadid’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, USA (2012). The partners share a commitment to international exhibition practice developed in tandem with public programmes that involve young people and communities.
2116 will take place at the Glucksman, Cork, Ireland from March to July 2016 where it is curated by Fiona Kearney, Director, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, and Chris Clarke, Senior Curator, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, and at the Broad Art Museum, Michigan, USA from November 2016 to May 2017 where it is curated by Caitlín Doherty, Curator and Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs, Broad Art Museum.

 

Boolean Expressions: Contemporary art and mathematical data

25 July – 8 November 2015

 

This is an internationally significant exhibition of contemporary art.

Lord David Puttnam launching Boolean Expressions courtesy Marian McCarthy
Lord David Puttnam launching Boolean Expressions courtesy Marian McCarthy
Fiona Kearney at launch of Boolean Expressions courtesy Marian McCarthy
Fiona Kearney at launch of Boolean Expressions courtesy Marian McCarthy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The exhibition will examine themes relevant to the legacy of George Boole and explore the ways in which artists use mathematical ideas and systems in their work.  Boolean Expressions will invite audiences to explore mathematical concepts, the impact of big data on contemporary life, the ways in which systems and codes support creative production, and how artists have used logic and technology for their own artistic purposes.

The exhibition features the work of Irish artists John Gerrard and Aisling O’Beirn,

JE Gerrard's three-screen simulation work 'Exercise (Dunhuang)' courtesy Glucksman Gallery
JE Gerrard’s three-screen simulation work ‘Exercise (Dunhuang)’ courtesy Glucksman Gallery
Aisling O'Beirne's "Entrophy" courtesy Michael Waldron
Aisling O’Beirne’s “Entrophy” courtesy Michael Waldron

alongside alongside international artists Darren Almond, Aram Bartholl, Mel Bochner, Hanne Darboven, Sol LeWitt, Tatsuo Miyajima, Matthew Ritchie and Lynne Woods Turner.  This is designed to ensure a thrilling spectrum of engagement for audiences of all abilities.

Detail from John Gerrard's 'Exercise (Dunhuang)' courtesy Glucksman Gallery
Detail from John Gerrard’s ‘Exercise (Dunhuang)’ courtesy Glucksman Gallery

The exhibition is curated by the Lewis Glucksman Gallery in association with colleagues from the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science, UCC. An extensive programme of curated events, talks, art courses and workshops takes place during the exhibition run.

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Previous Exhibitions

 

Stitch in Time: The Fabric of Contemporary Life

detail from Anni Albers’s Wall Hanging, 1984, courtesy of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation
detail from Anni Albers’s Wall Hanging, 1984, courtesy of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation

Artists: Anni Albers, Sarah Browne, Jeremy Deller, Sissi Farassat, Angela Fulcher, Grayson Perry, and Slavs and Tatars.

curated by: Chris Clarke and Fiona Kearney

part of the official programme of ID2015: A Year of Irish Design

3rd April- 5th July 2015:  Sisk Gallery and Gallery 2

From protest banners to embroidered passports, abstract fabric designs to narrative tapestries, Stitch in Time demonstrates how artists employ textiles and its associations of a popular, vernacular culture to shape and comment on contemporary life.

Beginning with the groundbreaking work of Bauhaus artist, Anni Albers, the exhibition includes sensitive depictions of social and political issues as well as considered explorations of how fabrics can be deployed in new and imaginative ways.

UCC academic Dr. Laurence Davis gives a free public talk as part of the In Detail series on 13 May 2015.

Download a press release for the exhibition here.

The exhibition has been supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, ID 2015 and the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation.

Chris Clarke is Senior Curator of the Lewis Glucksman Gallery. In this role, he has curated Modern Families: Relatives and Relationships in Art, Passports: Globalisation in Contemporary European Video, Mixtapes: Popular Music in Contemporary Art and the Irish touring exhibition Game On: Re-Newing Media Art.

Fiona Kearney is the founding Director of the Lewis Glucksman Gallery. In this role, she has curated Folly: Art after Architecture, The Artist’s Eye: Photographic Portraits of Artists, Living/Loss: The Experience of Illness in Art, Modern American Painting from the NYU Art Collection, The Year of the Golden Pig: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection and Through the Looking Glass: Childhood in Contemporary Photography.

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The above image is a detail from Anni Albers’s Wall Hanging, 1984, courtesy of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation.

 

The Knitting Map: Art, community and controversy 2005 – 2015

courtesy Lewis Glucksman Gallery
courtesy Lewis Glucksman Gallery

Jools Gilson and Richard Povall
In association with the School of English, University College Cork.
2nd April – 5th July 2015:  Gallery 1

The Knitting Map was one of the flagship projects of Cork’s year as European Capital of Culture in 2005, and became the subject of local and national controversy in that year, as well as during the intervening decade.  The Knitting Map was a durational, textile installation, which combined hand-knitting with motion-sensing technologies, and involved more than two thousand people, many of whom were working class women from Cork.  The Glucksman will present both the original work of art that emerged from this ambitious collaboration, as well as photography, documents and media reports that contextualise the project and enable audiences to revisit and explore this key moment in Cork’s cultural history.

Jools Gilson is an Interdisciplinary Artist Scholar.  Her performance and visual art work has been produced, performed and exhibited internationally, supported by multiple awards from the Arts Council of Ireland/England and others.  She is also an award-winning radio broadcaster and has made successful documentaries for RTÉ Radio One & BBC Radio 4.  She publishes in the fields of Performance Studies, Creative Writing and Visual Culture.  She directed The Knitting Map with Richard Povall from 2003-2005, and has written and presented on aspects of the work internationally – scholarship recognised by the Textile Society of America (Founding Presidents’ Award, 2011).

Knitting Map symposium
Thursday, 14 May 2014.
River Room, Lewis Glucksman Gallery

This symposium brings together art critics and other commentators to discuss a decade of The Knitting Map; its making, reception and future. This includes a keynote address by the design historian and author of “The Culture of Knitting“, Joanne Turney, and presentations by the art historian, Deborah Barkun, and artist, Jools Gilson.

 

 

 

Detail from Lucy McKenzie's Quodlibet XXIV, oil on canvas, 2012. Image courtesy the artist and Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Brussels
Detail from Lucy McKenzie’s Quodlibet XXIV, oil on canvas, 2012. Image courtesy the artist and Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Brussels

 

Selective Memory: Artists in the archive
Artists: Zbyněk Baladrán, Paulien Barbas, David Raymond Conroy, Dani Gal, Ruth Maclennan, Mike Mandel and Larry Sultan, Lucy McKenzie, Marge Monko, Gavin Murphy, Alan Phelan, Anne Ramsden, Jasper Rigole, Valerie Snobeck, Sean Snyder, and Miek Zwamborn.
Curated by Chris Clarke and Orla Murphy
in association with Digital Arts and Humanities, UCC
All Galleries, 21 November 2014 – 15 March 2015

The archive preserves the past, its remnants and records, within a repository of human knowledge. However, it also offers a space for critical engagement and creative invention, for challenging the archive’s supposed objectivity with alternative histories, subversive interpretations and speculative imaginings. Selective Memory: Artists in the archive explores the ways in which Irish and international artists continually return to the archive, in order to imbue it with a new sense of subjectivity and individuality.
Chris Clarke and Orla Murphy will lead a free curatorial tour of the exhibition at 1 p.m. on Friday, 6th February.

Download a press release for the exhibition at www.glucksman.org/PDFs/SelectiveMemory_PR.pdf

The exhibition has been supported by The Arts Council of Ireland and private philanthropy through Cork University Foundation.

Chris Clarke (second left) and Orla Murphy (second right) © Glucksman Gallery
Chris Clarke (second left) and Orla Murphy (second right)
© Glucksman Gallery

 

Chris Clarke is Senior Curator of the Lewis Glucksman Gallery.  In this role, he has curated Modern Families: Relatives and Relationships in Art, Passports: Globalisation in Contemporary European Video, Mixtapes: Popular Music in Contemporary Art and the Irish touring exhibition Game On: Re-Newing Media Art.
Orla Murphy is a lecturer in the School of English at University College Cork, in the national, inter-institutional Digital Arts and Humanities PhD program.  She is co-coordinator of the MA in Digital Arts and Humanities at UCC, and the new online MA in Digital Cultures at UCC. Her research is focused on intermediality, on how the text is, was, and will be transmitted; how we read, represent, and share knowledge in new networked and virtual environments.  She is a reviewer and editor for a number of journals and bulletins.

                                                                                      

Fieldworks: Animal Habitats in Contemporary Art

The Learning Zoo: Artefacts from UCC’s Zoology Museum
1 August – 2 November 2014

This season, we are taking a closer look at animal habitats and the ways in which these environments affect our understanding of different species. Developed with colleagues from UCC’s School of BEES (Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences), the exhibition Fieldworks explores animal life in natural, urban and scientific settings, while the displays in The Learning Zoo present artefacts from UCC’s Zoology Museum. Our public programme of artist talks, lectures and workshops invites you to discover more about the artworks on display and the research ongoing in the School of BEES.

We also have lots of special events happening this season including our annual Craft Fair and free activities for Heritage Week, Culture Night and our own 10th anniversary celebrations. Whether you are a first-time gallery goer, a frequent visitor or a returning graduate, we hope there is something for you in this brochure. We offer a range of activities for all ages and abilities including curatorial discussions, art clubs, and workshops for schools and community groups.

You can learn more about these and other activities by downloading our current seasonal brochure, connecting with us on facebook.com/glucksmangallery, by following us at twitter.com/glucksmangallery, or by just dropping in to say hello!

We look forward to welcoming you.

The GLUCKSMAN team