Visual Arts

John Minihan: Beckett and His World

A photographic exhibition featuring John Minihan’s iconic portraits of Samuel Beckett and the artists he inspired



Mar 1, 2018 – Mar 30, 2018


Box Office

10am-6pm, Monday-Friday

Irish Arts Center
553 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019


The artist talk for this exhibition took place in October, but the exhibition is still open for viewing. Please see gallery hours below to schedule your visit.

Gallery hours by appointment:

Monday – Friday | 10am – 6pm 
Please call 212-757-3318

Walter Asmus directed Waiting for Godot and worked with Samuel Beckett in Berlin in the 1970s, author Edna O’Brien and  publisher John Calder made up his circle in London, and actor Lisa Dwan gave life to Not I as never before. These are some of the luminaries who made up a world of Beckett, both during his life, and after his passing. John Minihan captures their essence in black and white portraiture, including his iconic images of Beckett himself.

In his artist talk "Beckett and the Wake," John remembers spending time with a playwright who was often a reluctant subject and rarely posed.

John Minihan photographed volumes I and II of IAC’s cultural exhibition To Love Two Countries, a celebration of the men and women who immigrated to the United States in the early half of the twentieth century.

“Minihan’s gift is to be at once penetrating and discreet, probing and respectful, close-up and impersonal.”
—author John Banville

Culture Night 
Friday, September 22 | 2pm 

Culture Night is an annual public event in Ireland that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts. On Culture Night, arts and cultural organizations and venues of all shapes and sizes extend their opening hours to allow for increased access to the public.

This year we join by opening our gallery doors for a daytime opportunity to view Beckett and His World.

Continuing the Experience:

Visit our "Related" section below to view all this season’s Beckett-inspired programming and classes.

Irish Arts Center programming is supported by Culture Ireland – Promoting Irish Arts Worldwide.



Our Supporters

Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by government, foundation, and corporate partners including Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the New York City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; the National Endowment for the Arts; Howard Gilman Foundation; Jerome L. Greene Foundation; the Charina Endowment Fund; the Shubert Foundation, Inc.; M&T Bank; the Ireland Funds; Northern Ireland Bureau; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; Tourism Ireland; CIE Tours; Delta; and thousands of generous donors like you.

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