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Patrick Ireland / Brian O'Doherty

University Professor of Fine Arts and Media Southampton College of Long
Island University


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

Visual art. Brian O'Doherty exhibits his work under the name Patrick Ireland "until such time as the British military presence is removed from Northern Ireland." A pioneer in the Conceptual art movement, he has had over 40 one-person exhibitions in this country and Europe, at mainstream and avant-garde venues including the Fogg Art Museum in Cambridge, the Brooklyn Museum, The National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., Washington's Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY and New York City's The Clocktower. Over 100 galleries and museums have included his work in group exhibitions.

His work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York, and is owned by the Centre Pompidouin Paris, the Hugh Lane Gallery of Modern Art in Dublin and the Hirshhorn Museum. It has been included in such international exhibitions as the VeniceBiennale, Documenta and Rosc.

In 1993 a thirty years' retrospective of his work was held at the Elvehjem Museum of Art in Madison, Wisconsin, and the Institute of Contemporary Art P.S. 1 in New York.

Film and television. O'Doherty has had a distinguished career in film and television. He wrote and directed the documentary "Hopper's Silence," about the artist Edward Hopper, which premiered at the New York Film Festival and won the Grand Prix at the Montreal International festival of Films on Art. He was the NBC-TV "Today" program's on-air arts reporter for five years in the 1970s. He has written specials for CBS, WNBC and PBS, and wrote and hosted two series, "Invitation to Art," for WGBH-TV, Boston, and "Dialogue," for WNBC-TV in New York.

For 19 years until 1996, he was director of film, radio and television programs at the National Endowment for the Arts, where he demonstrated his commitment to developing independent artists and organizations in film and video by initiating regional fellowships for film and video artists and an educational program for graduate students in the arts, the Arts Corps. Over the same period he developed and/or supported PBS series like "American Masters,""P.O.V.," "The Metropolitan (Opera) Presents," "Great Performances" and "American Cinema." As director of Millennium Projects, 1995/96, he encouraged the development of the Millennium Photographic Survey of the United States. During his tenure, Endowment-supported films and videos won numerous Academy Awards and Emmys.

Writing and criticism. O'Doherty also is well-known as a writer and critic. He was an art critic with the New York Times in the 1960s and Editor-in-Chief of Art in America from 1971 to 1974. His commentaries have appeared in The Times (London), The New York Times Book Review, Newsweek, Life Magazine,the Yale Review, and Artforum.

Among his books are "American Masters: The Voice and the Myth"(Random House), "Inside the White Cube: The Ideology of the Gallery Space" (Lapis Press), and a novel, "The Strange Case of Mlle.P." (Pantheon), which has been translated into ten languages.

Since 1969 he has been an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Art History at Barnard College of Columbia University, teaching art writing and the art film. He is an extern examiner in sculpture at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.

He has lectured at the Whitney Museum, The Metropolitan Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum, and the Chicago Art Institute,and as befits a one-time medical doctor, the New York Academy of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. He gave the Lowell Lectures at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Franklin Murphy Lectures at the University of Kansas at Lawrence.

He has received the Mather Award for Art Criticism from the College Art Association, an award from the British Society of Authors (for "Mlle.P") and the Eire Society of Boston's Gold Medal for contributions to culture.

He is a member of the boards of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the American-Irish Historical Society in New York (founded 1897), and the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Biographical. O'Doherty was born in the Irish village of Ballaghaderrin, in County Roscommon. While a medical student at University College, Dublin, he exhibited paintings at the Irish Exhibition of Living Art and the Royal Hibernian Academy. He did post graduate work at Cambridge University, where he studied visual perception, and at the Harvard School of Public Health,where he earned a master's degree.

He is married to Barbara Novak, Altschul Professor of Art History at Barnard College and Columbia University, the author of "Nature and Culture"(Oxford University Press).

Posted 06/01/1997

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