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Symposium: Ireland—Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690–1840

March 21, 2015
Fullerton Hall
Free with museum admission

In conjunction with Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690–1840, international scholars explore the rich cultural heritage of Ireland with author Stella Tillyard delivering the keynote address on March 20.


Douglas Druick, President and Eloise W. Martin Director, The Art Institute of Chicago


Introduction by the co-organizers of the exhibition
Christopher Monkhouse, Eloise W. Martin Chair and Curator of European Decorative Arts, and William Laffan, independent scholar


Painting and Touring the Irish Landscape
Finola O’Kane, School of Architecture, Landscape, and Civil Engineering, University College, Dublin


Irish Art at the National Gallery
Brendan Rooney, curator of Irish Art at the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin


Buying and Selling: The Transfer of Art in and out of Ireland
Robert O’Byrne, independent scholar, author of Romantic Irish Homes (2009) and The Last Knight, A Tribute to Desmond Fitzgerald, 29th Knight of Glin (2013)


Lunch Break


Irish Furniture
James Peill, co-author (with the Knight of Glin) of Irish Furniture (2007), and curator of the Goodwood Estate


Patina, Pomp, and Prestige: Silver in Ireland, 1690–1840
Alison FitzGerald, lecturer, National University of Ireland, Maynooth


Burned with Turf: The Unique Charm of Irish Ceramics and the Myths of Irish Glass
Peter Francis, independent scholar and author of Irish Delftware (2000)


Closing Remarks
Julian Sands, actor and Irish silver collector

The symposium is sponsored by the Irish Georgian Society, along with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the Philip and Betsey C. Caldwell Foundation, and Christie's.