Patrick Ireland / BrianO'Doherty
University Professor of Fine Artsand Media
Southampton College of Long Island University
Visual art. Brian O'Doherty exhibits his work under the name PatrickIreland "until such time as the British military presence is removedfrom Northern Ireland." A pioneer in the Conceptual art movement, hehas had over 40 one-person exhibitions in this country and Europe, at mainstreamand avant-garde venues including the Fogg Art Museum in Cambridge, the BrooklynMuseum, The National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., Washington'sCorcoran Gallery of Art, the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY and NewYork City's The Clocktower. Over 100 galleries and museums have includedhis work in group exhibitions.
His work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and theMuseum 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 HirshhornMuseum. 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 ElvehjemMuseum of Art in Madison, Wisconsin, and the Institute of Contemporary ArtP.S. 1 in New York.
Film and television. O'Doherty has had a distinguished career infilm and television. He wrote and directed the documentary "Hopper'sSilence," about the artist Edward Hopper, which premiered at the NewYork Film Festival and won the Grand Prix at the Montreal Internationalfestival of Films on Art. He was the NBC-TV "Today" program'son-air arts reporter for five years in the 1970s. He has written specialsfor CBS, WNBC and PBS, and wrote and hosted two series, "Invitationto Art," for WGBH-TV, Boston, and "Dialogue," for WNBC-TVin New York.
For 19 years until 1996, he was director of film, radio and television programsat the National Endowment for the Arts, where he demonstrated his commitmentto developing independent artists and organizations in film and video byinitiating regional fellowships for film and video artists and an educationalprogram for graduate students in the arts, the Arts Corps. Over the sameperiod he developed and/or supported PBS series like "American Masters,""P.O.V.," "The Metropolitan (Opera) Presents," "GreatPerformances" and "American Cinema." As director of MillenniumProjects, 1995/96, he encouraged the development of the Millennium PhotographicSurvey of the United States. During his tenure, Endowment-supported filmsand videos won numerous Academy Awards and Emmys.
Writing and criticism. O'Doherty also is well-known as a writer andcritic. 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 appearedin 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 GallerySpace" (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 Historyat Barnard College of Columbia University, teaching art writing and theart film. He is an extern examiner in sculpture at the National Collegeof Art and Design, Dublin.
He has lectured at the Whitney Museum, The Metropolitan Museum, the SanFrancisco Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum, and the Chicago Art Institute,and as befits a one-time medical doctor, the New York Academy of Medicineand the National Institutes of Health. He gave the Lowell Lectures at theBoston Museum of Fine Arts and the Franklin Murphy Lectures at the Universityof Kansas at Lawrence.
He has received the Mather Award for Art Criticism from the College ArtAssociation, an award from the British Society of Authors (for "Mlle.P") and the Eire Society of Boston's Gold Medal for contributions toculture.
He is a member of the boards of the Whitney Museum of American Art, theAmerican-Irish Historical Society in New York (founded 1897), and the IrishMuseum 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 RoyalHibernian Academy. He did postgraduate work at Cambridge University, wherehe 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 BarnardCollege and Columbia University, the author of "Nature and Culture"(Oxford University Press).
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