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States of Modernity: Forging Ireland in Paris 1922 | 2022

1922 was a seminal year for Ireland and Irish identity: the modern Irish state was founded; James Joyce's Ulysses was published in Paris; and the Irish Race Congress, a prestigious conference and accompanying art exhibition that was a reckoning of Irish identity politics, was held in the French capital.

As part of the decade of centenaries commemorations an ambitious series of interlinked events and exhibitions will take place in the Midwest US, Ireland, and European capitals in 2022 to reflect on the events of 100 years ago, to examine the journey Ireland and Irish identity have travelled over the past century of statehood, and to look ahead to Ireland’s next century.

Partners in this exploration of the forging of modern Ireland and Irish identity include: Trinity College Dublin, the O’Brien Collection - Chicago, Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs, South Bend, Indiana, the Centre Culturel Irlandais - Paris, and the University of Paris-Sorbonne.

Paul Henry painting from Paris 1922 exhibition

Trinity College Dublin will recreate the 1922 Exposition d'Art Irlandaise online and will host a conference entitled Irish Artifice: Art, Culture and Power in Paris, 1922.

Centre Culturel Irlandais

The Centre Culturel Irlandais' Centenaries Season explores all three anniversaries over the first half of 2022 with an ambitious programme of exhibitions and projects that looks at the legacies of Ulysses and the Irish Free State from a contemporary perspective.

Poster for Global Ulysses project with image of James Joyce

With their Global Ulysses project, the Keough-Naughton Institute will explore the impact of Ulysses and the how the themes of Joyce's seminal work find expression today; symposia, lectures, and celebratory events will take place in Paris, Rome, Dublin, and on the Notre Dame campus.

Hibernia by Lily Williams

The Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame, working with the O'Brien Collection, will present an exhibition Who Do We Say We Are? Irish Art 1922 | 2022.


Date Name of Event Host Organisation
 Jan 28  Launch of 'Seeing Ireland'
 Trinity College Dublin
 Feb 2  Global Ulysses USA  Keough Naughton Institute
 Feb 2  Launch of Season of Centenaries Paris  Centre Culturel Irlandais
 Feb 5  Snite Exhibition Opening Reception
 Snite Museum of Art
 Feb 5-May 15  Who Do We Say We Are? Art Exhibition
 Snite Museum of Art
 Feb 10  Virtual Slow Look Martin Gale's Women's Work
 Snite Museum of Art
 Feb 24  'Framing Modern Ireland' Lecture by Dr Roisin Kennedy   Snite Museum of Art
 Feb 25  Poetry Reading by Julie Morrissy  Snite Museum of Art
 Mar 10-11  Global Ulysses Rome  Notre Dame Global Gateway
 Apr 12  Vitual Slow Look Diana Copperwhite’s Inner Garden State  Snite Museum of Art
 Apr 22  Who Do We Say We Are? A Musical Interlude  Snite Museum of Art
 Jun TBC  Global Ulysses Paris  Centre Culturel Irlandais
 Jun 9-10  Online Exposition & Conference  Trinity College Dublin
 Jun 16  Global Ulysses Dublin O'Connell House, Dublin

Support is being provided by the Irish Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Decade of Centenaries programme.

Logo images for the seven sponsors of the States of Modernity project