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Irish Artists Come To Hyde Park Art Center To Mark Irish Insurrection

By Sam Cholke | October 24, 2016 5:54am
The "(Re)Public" exhibit is bringing seven Irish artists to Chicago to mark the 100th anniversary of Ireland's insurrection in 1916.
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HYDE PARK — Seven Irish artists will have week-long residencies at the Hyde Park Art Center as part of a new exhibit.

“(Re)Public” opened at the art center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., on Sunday as a collaboration between the art center and arts institutions in Ireland marking the 100th anniversary of Irish insurrection of 1916.

Seven artists are displaying art in the show and each will spend a week in Chicago working on new pieces.

The exhibit celebrates Ireland’s self-determination and agency, and the themes the artists have chosen to tackle are both heavy and compelling. Seamus Nolan will grapple with the hidden histories of state institutional abuse, Mari Barrett will explore community identity in post conflict rural border regions, among others.

Other participating artists include Philippa Donnellan of CoisCéim Dance Theatre, Megs Morley, Dylan Tighe and the Softday collaboration between Sean Taylor and Mikael Fernström.

The partnership with CREATE in Ireland grew out of Ailbhe Murphy and Ciaran Smyth’s 2015 residency at the art center.

The exhibit is free and open to the public and runs through Jan. 15. 

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