A Modern Eye: Helen Hooker O’Malley’s Ireland – National Museum of Ireland, Museum of Country Life, Turlough Park, Mayo

  January 2020 –
April 2019

Carrowmore Races, Co. Mayo 1938

This exhibtion presents a selection of works from ‘A Modern Eye’ complementary exhibtions curated by Gallery of Photography Ireland together with the National Photography Archive / National Library of Ireland devoted to the work of American artist, Helen Hooker O’Malley (1905-1993).

Ireland was Helen’s most important source of inspiration for over half a century. Her decades-long love affair with the landscape, history and people of Ireland was ignited by her tumultuous relationship with revolutionary and author, Ernie O’Malley. Having met Ernie in the US in 1933, Helen braved family opposition to elope and marry him in London, 1935. The couple established homes in Dublin and Mayo and had three children together. Despite divorcing Ernie in 1952, Helen’s love of Ireland endured undiminished. Helen photographed her life in Ireland from 1935 onwards.The exhibition includes photographs taken during explorations made during expeditions with Ernie into the Irish landscape and observations of Irish rural life particularly in County Mayo, and her portraits of family and friends. 

‘A Modern Eye: Helen Hooker O’Malley’s Ireland’ book available here

 

The exhibition is accompanied by a book featuring over 120 photographs and texts by Cormac K.H. O’Malley and Luke Gibbons.

A Modern Eye continues until April 2020.

 

Click image to read The Irish Times review, 2nd July 2019