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A Photo Album of Ireland: An OSilas Gallery Exhibition

September 17 - November 7

12:00 pm

Multi-Day Event

OSilas Gallery

A Photo Album of Ireland is a touring exhibition and emerges from an ongoing democratic archive that is a celebration of ordinary and extraordinary histories, viewed from the perspective of private individuals and families. From the earliest photographs taken in the 1850s to the advent of the digital era in the early 1990s, these images reveal details about how people lived, worked, and gathered that official historical records may have overlooked.

Taken as a whole, this collection of more than 120 photographs creates a rich tapestry of images that tells of the triumphs and turmoils in the life of a nation. From quotidian scenes of pastoral picnics, holiday celebrations, and parlor portraits to snapshots documenting the impact of The Troubles in the North; from joyful wedding parties to solemn funerary processions; from the documentation of Irish historical sites by the world-renowned Shackleton family to the unheralded efforts of an anonymous family photographer; A Photo Album of Ireland presents the people’s account of history that is at once personal and powerful.

The exhibition will present an extensive range of digitized images from early Ambrotype portraits and informal Box Brownie images through to 35mm documentary photographs and Polaroid images. The overall exhibition design concept will emulate that of a family photo album, with images of various sizes installed salon style.

This exhibition was organized with support from Culture Ireland’s International Culture Programme to celebrate Ireland 2016. It was curated by the Gallery of Photography, Dublin, and organized by ExhibitsUSA in partnership with Culture Ireland. 

A Photo Album of Ireland will be on view in OSilas Gallery through November 7, 2020. Gallery hours for the general public are Thursdays 12 pm – 5 pm and Saturdays 2 pm – 5 pm.  Special Gallery hours for Members only are Tuesdays 12 pm -5 pm.  Visitors may also make an appointment to view the show outside of regular Gallery hours by contacting Executive Director Elizabeth Vranka at Elizabeth.vranka@concordia-ny.edu. To join the membership of OSilas Gallery and have access to the Gallery during special hours, please visit https://osilasgallery.org/membership/.

Rev. Dr. Eric Scott, Outing with friends, County Donegal, 1926; 2 13/16 x 3 13/16 inches, ink jet print; © Scott Family Collection.

OSilas Gallery is located on the campus of Concordia College, 171 White Plains Road, Bronxville, in the Donald A. Krenz Academic Center on the second level of Scheele Memorial Library.  Free parking is available on campus and is accessible via entry on Concordia Place off of White Plains Road. For more information on exhibitions and a full listing of gallery events, please see osilasgallery.org.  All visitors to the Gallery must comply with the Gallery’s safety protocols, which can be found here:  https://osilasgallery.org/2012/07/06/visit-osilas-gallery/.

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