The exhibit, a first of its kind, featured over 300 examples of Irish furniture, paintings and decorative arts from the time period 1690-1840. The exhibit also featured other "firsts" at the Art Institute: the creation of an album of music specifically crafted to coordinate with the themes of an exhibit and the playing of this music as a background soundtrack within the galleries themselves.
The album features an even distribution of old and new music: melodies that were published in tune books during the time period of the exhibit --where we were led chiefly by Liz Knowles-- as well as newly composed music by Liz Carroll to correspond to the seven major themes of the exhibit . The exhibit was organized under the following thematic headings: Portraiture and Theater; Dublin and Bookbindings; Religion, Metalwork and Ceramics; Textiles, Glass, Musical Instruments and Fancy Work; Furniture; Landscapes and Tourism; The Irish Country House.
The enclosed booklet also features detailed liner notes with backgrounds on the melodies and where applicable, the composers or collectors. Selected images from the exhibit also accompany the notes so that, together with the music, you might be able to get a sense for the incredible artistry and craftsmanship that was presented there.
Liz Carroll, Liz Knowles, Kieran O'Hare, Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, Catriona McKay
Marty Fahey, Jackie Moran, Trevor Hutchinson, Emer Mayock, Mick O'Brien, Aoife Ní Bhriain
A heartfelt 'thank you' to the benefactors who supported this project, especially to John and Pat O'Brien and Bruce and Deborah Pfaff.
We are also grateful for the sponsorship of the following fine organizations:
The American Ireland Fund, O'Brien International, RJO'Brien and Assoc., Johnston Antiques and O'Sullivan Antiques