O any old words to a tune: the Yeatses & the Broadsides
Adrian Paterson, NUI Galway
6pm Thursday 7 April
The Model Theatre, Sligo
The Cuala Press Broadsides are defining events in Irish culture. They also became defining events in the lives and careers of both Jack B. Yeats and W. B. Yeats. Their bold colours and forceful discharge are striking even today. This talk weighs their force and illuminates the family connections and artistic collisions that gave rise to these still provoking printing events.
Between June 1908 and May 1915 each month was greeted with a Cuala Press Broadside, with Jack B. Yeats the ringmaster, contributing hundreds of hand-coloured illustrations and even some verses. Their energy and price made them, as T.J. Whitaker noted ‘among the greater bargains to be had in the history of twentieth century graphic art’. This was a family affair as Elizabeth Corbett Yeats and her assistants took charge of the printing. The Model, Sligo, has recently acquired a complete collection, and Thursday’s talk describes their wider impact on Jack B. Yeats’s art and the culture of the period. For two further series in 1935 and 1937 W. B. Yeats was literary editor, making this by far the most sustained and interesting collaboration between the two brothers. Other artists like Maurice McGonigal, Victor Brown, Harry Kernoff, and writers like F.R.Higgins and Dorothy Wellesley were involved too, but W.B.Yeats’s verses and his brother’s illustrations generate a kind of creative energy rarely seen in comparable combinations of words, art, and music.
Curator of the exhibition Yeats & the West, Dr Adrian Paterson is a Lecturer in English at NUI Galway. He appears in conversation with Director of the Model, Emer McGarry.
(Due to unforeseen circumstances this talk replaces the advertised talk by Dr Hilary Pyle on the broadsides).
Yeats & the West Exhibition Tours & Talks
Curators Tours 1pm. Public Talks 6pm.
Tours Thursday at 1pm
Tours of the exhibition from the curators take place every Thursday at 1pm. Find out what makes art and poetry so close, and observe the connection of books, and music, drama, and discover never before seen rare books and fine art from the collections of NUI Galway and The Model. Come and get an inside view of the crafts and cultures that made a western revolution.
Talks Thursdays at 6pm
This series of talks on Yeats’s connection to the west and beyond takes us inside the makings of a western cultural revolution. Talks from experts in the field range from exploring the pioneering art and craftwork of the Yeats family to W.B.Yeats’s own life and loves, considering his some of his most controversial and sexy poems; they reveal the extraordinary plays of his brother, the artist Jack B. Yeats, and alongside the Model Gallery’s newly unveiled Broadside collection, showcase his design and print work; and they weigh the wider forces that turned a cultural revolution into a real one.
Speakers include the curators of the exhibition Dr Adrian Paterson and Barry Houlihan (NUI Galway), Professor Adrian Frazier (NUI Galway), Professor Margaret Mills Harper (University of Limerick and outgoing Director of the Yeats International Summer School), Dr Hilary Pyle (former Yeats Curator at National Gallery of Ireland), Dr Ian Walsh (NUI Galway), Dr Mary Harris (NUI Galway).
All talks take place every Thursday at 6pm in the Model Theatre.
7 April – ‘Lake Isles, River Eyots: making Innisfree with the Yeats family’
Adrian Paterson, English, NUI Galway
14 April – ‘A Disturbing Influence: Maud Gonne in the life of W.B. Yeats’
Adrian Frazier, English, NUI Galway
21 April – ‘O any old words to a tune: the Yeatses and the Broadsides’
(replacing Hilary Pyle) Adrian Paterson, English, NUI Galway, Curator of Yeats & the West
28 April – ‘W.B. Yeats and the Problem of Crazy Jane’
Margaret Mills Harper, University of Limerick, & outgoing Director of the Yeats International Summer School
5 May – ‘A Vaudeville of Frustration: The Theatre of Jack B. Yeats’.
Ian Walsh, Centre for Drama Theatre and Performance, NUI Galway
12 May – ‘Romanticism and Realism: Pearse, MacNeill, the Revival and the Rising’
Mary Harris, History, NUI Galway
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