Visual Arts Talks

Bernie Leahy: Why Are We

A mid-career solo exhibition of drawing and sculpture with stitch. Artist talk September 10


Free; reservations encouraged

Sep 10 – Dec 14


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Irish Arts Center
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New York, NY 10019


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Artist Talk & Reception
Monday, September 10 | 5:30pm
FREE | Reservations Encouraged

5:30—6pm Reception
6pm Talk
Post-talk Reception to Follow

Through her art practice, internationally celebrated Dublin artist Bernie Leahy picks apart visceral human connections, finding and laying bare the vulnerability in each chosen subject matter. In this exhibition, Leahy has created an evocative series of stitched drawings and small sculptures, embodied with a variety of media including gold leaf, uncut diamonds and acrylic on linen and canvas. Fragments of the human form—eyes, mouths, glances—capture Leahy’s personal moments and stories and imbues them with a sense of passion and energy.

“Her work plays many emotional chords, there is a common thread of kindness and humanity behind all the pieces.”Irish Arts Review Magazine

“Prolific and brave in her use of materials.”—Dr. Audrey Whitty, National Museum of Ireland

Why Are We
 is the first of three consecutive exhibitions at Irish Arts Center with a focus on textile art. Belfast-based Ursula Burke will join in winter 2019.

Supported by the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland 

Why Are We appears in New York Textile Month September 2018

Bernie Leahy is part of the Iconic Textiles Conference at Parson's College on September 14, 2018.




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Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by government partners including the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; The Ireland Funds, America; Howard Gilman Foundation; Tourism Ireland; Bloomberg Philanthropies; The Nancy Malone Living Trust; The Shubert Foundation; The Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in New York City; The Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in Westchester County; The Knights of St. Patrick; The Jerome L. Greene Foundation; Milwaukee Irish Fest Foundation; and thousands of generous donors like you.

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