Yeats & the West extended opening

Yeats & the West

an exhibition of western worlds

featuring crafts, collaborations, rare books, music, drama, video, and exclusive artwork

Hardiman Research Building, NUI Galway

now with extended opening

until Friday February 19th

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W.B. Yeats always looked west. Yeats & the West discovers what it meant to him, and what this means for us.

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Through crafts, collaborations, and landscapes Yeats & the West tells the story of going west to find out who we really are.

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This special exhibition for his 150th birthday now has extended opening until Friday 19th February 2016.

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Take in the crafts and symbols that started the Irish Revival.

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Learn more about the figures whose art and ideas shaped modern Ireland.

J.M.Synge at The Playboy of the Western World dress rehearsal, by John Butler Yeats

J.M.Synge at The Playboy of the Western World dress rehearsal, by John Butler Yeats

Through drama, film, rare books, manuscripts, artwork, crafts, and music, feel what it must have been like to a be a part of this cultural revolution.

1978 10th anniversary

Remembering this revolutionary year come and discover the collaborations that led to a real revolution.

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Come and see how far west this revolution spread – even as far as Hollywood!

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At the Hardiman Reseach Building, NUI Galway, until Friday February 19th 2016.

Last weeks at Yeats & the West

Thank you for your support so far – these are the last couple of weeks at Yeats & the West!

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Come along and see the exhibition, and discover its rare books, crafts, drama, videos, artwork, and unique narrative about what the west meant to Yeats and what it means to us. Open every day until 20 January – the full exhibition with special collections and our newly installed portrait of Lady Gregory open Monday – Friday 9-5pm.

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Talk at Yeats & the West: ‘W.B. Yeats and the act of dying’

 

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presents

Prof. Kevin Barry (NUI Galway)

‘The throats of birds: W.B. Yeats and the act of dying’

Room G011, Hardiman Research Building, NUI Galway

5pm Tuesday 15 December

W.B. Yeats was determined to die with style, as if his reputation depended on it. From the many available genres, he chose one of the most difficult to sustain: death in infamy. This talk analyzes Yeats’s deliberate curation of his own death in infamy, and the public’s triumph over this recalcitrance.

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Philosopher c’est apprendre a mourir, said Michel de Montaigne. To philosophize is to learn how to die. Come and learn an art of dying with W.B. Yeats.

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Western Worlds: a day at Yeats & the West

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WESTERN WORLDS

a Yeats & the West day

Friday 27th November 2015

Hardiman Research Building, NUI Galway

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William Butler Yeats, poet, playwright, politician, and Nobel prize-winner for literature, always looked west. The Yeats & the West exhibition at NUI Galway, with rare books, art, music, drama, and film, discovers what the west meant to him, and what this means for us. As part of the Yeats & the West programme, the day-long symposium Western Worlds tells the story of the western cultural revolution that shaped modern Ireland. Featuring talks on W.B.Yeats’s poems, plays, artistic collaborations and love affairs, and featuring his co-conspirators Jack B. Yeats, J.M. Synge, Padraic Pearse and Eva Gore Booth, it includes poetry readings and an exclusive interview with the artist John Behan about current exhibitions of Yeatsian-themed sculptures and drawings. Western Worlds tells a story of going west to find those places, real and imaginative, that change our sense of where and who we are.

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Western Worlds: A Day at Yeats & the West

Bridge Seminar Room, Hardiman Research Building, NUI Galway

Friday 27th November 2015

10.45am Welcome & Kisses

Adrian Frazier  Yeats & Maud Gonne: The Meaning of Their Kisses

12pm   Poems

Brian Arkins    W.B.Yeats & G.M. Hopkins

Deirdre Ní Chonghaile  ‘Listening to this rude and beautiful poetry’: J.M. Synge as song collector in the Aran Islands

1pm       Lunch

2pm       Plays                                                                      

Barry Houlihan ‘Suffering Spirits and Remorseful Dead’: Remembrance and Re-enactments in the plays of W.B. Yeats

Ian Walsh The Painted Play: Jack B. Yeats and the Postdramatic Theatre

3pm   Revivals

Mary Harris   Realism, Idealism and the Gaelic Revival

Maureen O’Connor   Some Vague Utopia: Eva Gore-Booth’s The Death of Fionavar (1916)

4pm   Coffee

4.30  Arts

Adrian Paterson with Barry Houlihan  (curators of Yeats & the West) Yeats among the Arts: exhibition highlights tour

from 5pm in Special Collections

5.30pm   Poems

David Clare & Deirdre Clare   dramatic readings

6.30pm  Reception

7pm   Bulls

John Behan  The Bull of Sheriff Street in conversation

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Western Worlds: a Yeats & the West symposium

WESTERN WORLDS

a Yeats & the West symposium

Friday 27th November 2015

Hardiman Research Building, NUI Galway

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William Butler Yeats, poet, playwright, politician, and Nobel prize-winner for literature, always looked west. The Yeats & the West exhibition at NUI Galway, with rare books, art, music, drama, and film, considers what the west meant to him, and what this means for us. As part of the Yeats & the West programme, the day-long symposium Western Worlds tells the story of the western cultural revolution that shaped modern Ireland. Featuring talks on W.B.Yeats’s poems, plays, artistic collaborations and love affairs, and featuring his co-conspirators Jack B. Yeats, J.M. Synge, Padraic Pearse and Eva Gore Booth, it includes poetry readings and an exclusive interview with the artist John Behan about current exhibitions of Yeatsian-themed sculptures and drawings. Western Worlds tells a story of going west to find those places, real and imaginative, that change our sense of where and who we are.

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Culture Night at Yeats & the West

Culture Night at Yeats & the West

Culture Night

Friday 18th September 5-9pm

Tours, talks, & more!

Free admission

Yeats & the West tells the story of the places and the people that made a western cultural revolution. Discover what the west meant to Yeats, and what this means to us.

Culture Night at Yeats & the West features extended opening hours until 9pm, free admission, and exclusive tours every hour on the hour at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm, by exhibition curators Adrian Paterson and Barry Houlihan.

It also features a new arrangement and rotation of items on display, and unique and personal access to material in special collections. Among many new selections specially on view for this week are:

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A new selection of first editions: Yeats’s first book, The Wanderings of Oisin and Other Poems (1889), so admired by William Morris, and his book of symbolist stories set in Irish landscapes The Secret Rose (1897), illustrated by a spectacular Rosicrucian tree design in gilt and leather binding by Althea Gyles.

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An entirely new display of Cuala Press books, all first editions, from W.B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, and Frank O’Connor, with illustrations by Elizabeth Rivers.

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Poems about the Easter Rising by Dermot O’Byrne – actually the pseudonym of English composer Arnold Bax, whose tone poems based on Yeats’s poetry can be heard in the audio-visual part of the exhibition.

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Collected Works of J.M. Synge edited by W.B. Yeats, and a deluxe edition of The Playboy of the Western World with colour illustrations by Sean Keating.

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A new selection of exquisitely handcoloured Broadsides by Jack B. Yeats, Seamus O’Sullivan, and others, and a early book of Jack B. Yeats containing his early children’s theatre designs and even a pirate treasure map!

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Also featuring as ever original artwork by Jack B. Yeats, Gerard Dillon, Fergus Bourke and Nicholas Feve. Manuscripts, rare books, music, video, and exclusive archival material from Belfast’s Lyric Theatre, the Abbey Theatre, and even the American west.

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In this decade of commemorations come and find out more about the man who shaped and commented on the whole revolutionary decade. Discover the collaborations and collisions that formed modern Ireland, and deepened our culture.

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All this at Yeats & the West. The exhibition runs until December.

 

 

 

 

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