Public Art, Identity, and Space: Celebrating the CCDL's Murals of Northern Ireland Collection

Save the Dates 3-6 October

The Murals of Northern Ireland collection at the Claremont Colleges Digital Library (CCDL) forms an archive of images of murals in Northern Ireland painted from 1979 continuing through the present day. The images record the representation of history, the expression of political standpoints, the articulation of community concerns, the formations of memory, and modes of ideological address. The murals range from overtly political declarations, to graphic depictions of conflict, to comments on the peace process, to humor and irony. The Murals collection and project began as a collaboration with Dr. Tony Crowley, Professor of English Language at the University of Leeds, during his time at Scripps College. Dr. Crowley worked as a journalist in Northern Ireland earlier in his career and has written widely on both the murals and the politics of language in Ireland. Dr. Crowley will visit Claremont for a week of events examining the Murals and the topic of public art, co-sponsored by Pitzer College.

Please join us for the events of the week:

Monday, 3 October: Panel, "Public Art, Identity, and Space" with Tony Crowley, Jessica McCoy (Pitzer College), Frances Pohl (Pomona College), and documentarian Tadashi Nakamura. 11-12:15 in the CCL Founders Room. Co-sponsored by Pitzer College Art Galleries.

Wednesday, 5 October: Tony Crowley Lecture, "Understanding The Contemporary Murals of Northern Ireland." 12:15-1:15 in the Pitzer College Founders Room.

Thursday, 6 October: Interactive workshop led by CCL librarians and special guests, 2-4pm in the CCL's new Collaborative Commons. Participants will have the opportunity to work directly with images from the collection and capture images from the Colleges using equipment from the Digital Tool Shed. More details and RSVP link to follow soon.

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