Boston Globe lauds Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac

Famine Ship Behan 2010 scan 2The Boston Globe showcased Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University on April 7, saying the world’s largest collection of paintings, sculptures and visual arts related to the Famine will help amplify the role that art has played in giving a voice to the victims and healing the still-raw wounds of the Great Hunger.

“The hollow figures, with eyes as vacant as their stomachs, in the latter-day artwork on exhibit continue to evoke the dark side of Ireland’s terrible beauty,” the newspaper reports. “Clothes drip off the barefoot and wasted subjects in John Behan’s bronze sculpture ‘Famine Mother and Children,’ and the slender, life-size figures that Kieran Tuohy carved from primordial Irish bog oak drown in grief. The grotesque subjects that Lilian Davidson has painted in her blue-tinged ‘Burying the Dead’ resemble zombies with their gaunt countenances and sunken eyes.”

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