Visual Arts Talks

Reclaiming a Space Symposium

Diana Copperwhite, Erin Lawlor, Helen O'Leary, and Dannielle Tegeder, moderated by Dr. Angela Griffith



Sat, Mar 9, 2024



Irish Arts Center 
726 11th Avenue 
Hell's Kitchen, NYC


Reservations for the 2:30pm and 4pm talks have sold out, but some tickets may be available at the door.

This symposium is being held in conjunction with Reclaiming a Space, by Diana Copperwhite, Erin Lawlor, Helen O'Leary, and Dannielle Tegeder. Meet the artists behind our building-wide exhibition and special guests art historian Dr. Angela Griffith and artist, writer, educator, and critic Jason Stopa.

1:00pm // Informal meet and greet
The Devlin Café at Irish Arts Center will be open. Come early, mingle with other symposium attendees, and see the work.

1:30pm // "Painting as Environment” with Jason Stopa   
This talk looks closely at the overlooked modernities in the visual arts landscapes of Brazil, Japan, France, and America, and further reflects on expanded painting practices taking place today. 

2:30pm // “In the Abstract: Ireland, Arts, Modernism, and Identities" with Dr. Angela Griffith
This lecture looks at how artists in Ireland responded to developments in modern and abstract painting over the last 100 years. It will examine its reception, and will consider how meaning and identity was, and is, expressed in painting. This lecture is programmed as a companion to the exhibition Reclaiming a Space, curated by Diana Copperwhite, which centers Irish visual artist work in abstract painting in conversation with the diaspora.

3:30pm // Coffee break
A short break between conversations, during which guests can enjoy coffee, tea, and small bites in the Library.

4:00pm // Artist talk
Diana Copperwhite, Erin Lawlor, Helen O’Leary, and Dannielle Tegeder, moderated by Dr. Angela Griffith and Jason Stopa.

5:30pm // Reception
Join us for a reception in the café to celebrate the exhibition, with delicious food and drink from the Devlin Cafe, operated by Ardesia Wine Bar.


Tickets may be purchased as a package for all of the day's events or for each individual event.

"Painting as Environment” with Jason Stopa ($10) // TICKETS

“In the Abstract: Ireland, Arts, Modernism, and Identities" with Dr. Angela Griffith ($10) // TICKETS

Artist Talk ($10) // TICKETS

Reception (free) // RESERVE

Package - all three (talks) // TICKETS

Presented with generous support from Culture Ireland.


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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; Howard Gilman Foundation; Tourism Ireland; the Jerome L. Greene Foundation; the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation; the Charina Endowment Fund; the Ireland Funds; the Shubert Foundation, Inc.; the Arnhold Foundation; the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation; the Irish Institute of New York; the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, New York; Northern Ireland Bureau; Invest NI; CIE Tours International; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; and thousands of generous donors like you.


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