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Patrick Ireland / Brian O'Doherty to join Long Island University arts and media faculty

To be catalyst for nationally-ranked arts program at Southampton College


Paola Curcio-Kleinman,Associate Vice President for Marketing and Public Relations
University Center,
Long Island University

The internationally-respected artist, writer, and media arts professional Brian O'Doherty, who creates his art under the name of Patrick Ireland, will join the arts and media faculty of Long Island University this fall as University Professor of Fine Arts and Media, based at Southampton College. Ireland / O'Doherty becomes the second University Professor at the college, joining the essayist and public television commentator Roger Rosenblatt.

"Patrick Ireland / Brian O'Doherty's appointment will be the catalyst that creates a nationally-recognized center for students interested in the fine arts and media, bringing together the artists now on our faculty with other notable artists in this region," said University President David J. Steinberg, who made the announcement.

"I'm excited about the students, the staff and the opportunities at Southampton College," said O'Doherty. "Among those opportunities is the wonderful task of bringing the students into contact with the many distinguished artists and film makers in the community, which is unparalleled in this country for its concentration of talents. I cannot wait to join my colleagues in developing the students' potentials in the visual arts and film/video, the areas closest to my heart."

Ireland / O'Doherty will begin teaching this fall. As in the writing program where Rosenblatt teaches, he is expected to help the college involve several of the East End's noted arts and film/video professionals both in teaching full courses and in conducting workshops and guest lectures.

Exhibits, books, films. Holding degrees from University College,Dublin and Harvard, Ireland / O'Doherty is a protean figure in several contemporary cultural worlds.

A participant in the development of the Conceptual art movement, his art is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York, the National Museum of American Art in Washington,and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. It has been shown at the Venice Biennale and at the quadrennial international exhibitions Documenta, in Kassel, Germany,and Rosc, in Dublin. He has had over 40 one-person exhibitions in this country and Europe.

Comprising installations, painting and sculpture, Ireland's work often involves elements of language, and uses colors which one critic has described as "vibrant, luminescent." He has been a friend of some of the most important artists of the 20th century, including Edward Hopper, Mark Rothko and Marcel Duchamp. Since 1972 he has exhibited his work under the name Patrick Ireland "until such time as the British military presence is removed from Northern Ireland."

The author of three books on art and one novel, O'Doherty is a former art critic for The New York Times and former editor-in-chief of the magazine Art in America. His essays published as "Inside the White Cube" have made the phrase "white cube" part of the every day international discourse on museums and galleries.

His credits include a documentary on Edward Hopper, "Hopper's Silence,"the winner of several awards. In addition to his other activities, two years ago he finished 19 years as director of film, radio and television programs at the National Endowment for the Arts, where he encouraged independent film and video artists and developed and/or supported PBS series like "American Masters," "The Metropolitan (Opera) Presents," "Great Performances," "P.O.V." and "American Cinema." Since 1969 he has taught art writing and the art film at Barnard College,Columbia University as an adjunct professor.

Emerging graduate programs. Ireland / O'Doherty will build on a program in the arts that goes back to the University's founding of Southampton College in 1963 with professors like the artists Fairfield Porter and Ilya Bolotowsky. Willem de Kooning was an adjunct professor, painting tutor and lecturer during the 1965-66 academic year. The Fine Arts and Avram Family Galleries present regular exhibitions and educational programs. This summer the college's annual Master Workshop in Art will feature visiting artists Larry Rivers,Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Dash; April Gornick, Eric Fischl and Audrey Flack have taught in past summers.

"We are developing nationally-significant Masters'-level programs that draw on the cultural areas where this region has such deep reservoirs of talent," said Wayne Miller, Southampton College's dean for academic affairs "We expect to announce a Master of Fine Arts in Writing this summer, and to offer an MFA in fine arts and media sometime soon, after we have Brian's input."

As a University Professor, Ireland / O'Doherty also will participate in the arts programs at the University's two other residential campuses, downtown Brooklyn and C.W. Post, in Brookville. Post, which offers the MFA in studio art, is home to the Hillwood Art Museum; Brooklyn has four on-campus galleries,and its courtyards annually are a site of the Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition curated by The Sculpture Center.

Marine and environmental sciences programs at Southampton College have produced 26 Fulbright Scholars in the last 22 years, and this year the college produced its 27th Fulbright, in English. A residential college of liberal arts and sciences, the Campus is part of Long Island University, the eighth largest private university in the country. The College is the location of WPBX-FM88.3, keystone of the Long Island Public Radio Network, and is home to the Friends World Program of global education for social change and the National Center for Women and Retirement Research.

Posted 06/01/1997

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