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The SIRIUS Summer School examines the relationship between art and politics. The 2023 edition explores the practice of the Irish artist Brian O’Doherty (1928–2022) and the location of SIRIUS.
Event details of Brian O'Doherty: Reading Time
Start date
6 June 2023
End date
10 June 2023
Prof. Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes

One, Here, Now is the title O’Doherty gave the mural he carried out at SIRIUS in 1996; Cobh, Ireland is from where he emigrated to the United States in 1957. All of this leads us to consider the art ecosystem’s various affordances and potentialities, and what a visionary, strategically thinking artist such as O’Doherty can offer toward our interventions (through art and/or research) in the world. O’Doherty’s warmth and generosity were significant ingredients in his work, feeding from his practice’s connectedness to his home country. Such features show close ties with the macrocosms we operate in today. How can we, with O’Doherty as our guide, tackle the inequalities and injustices around us?

The Summer School is organized by the SIRIUS Arts Centre in Cobh, Ireland, and led by Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes, Professor of  Modern and Contemporary Art History at the University of Amsterdam.

The Summer School is free, but registration via Eventbrite is essential. Attendance to all sessions is encouraged but not mandatory.