This is the first comprehensive collection of essays on Irish design and visual culture which draws from interdisciplinary fields to address design history as an emergent field in Irish Studies. This volume explores the contribution of the visual and cultural analyses to an understanding of Irish historiography and adds to the broader contextualisation of Irish modernity within an international context.
Ireland, Design and Visual Culture is an edited collection of interdisciplinary essays on the subject of design and visual culture in Ireland from 1922 to the early 1990s. The essays, written from different disciplinary and academic perspectives, explore the tensions inherent in the visualisation of the newly emergent State from the 1920s. The book explores the shaping of Irish modernity within such visual discourses as architecture, advertising, currency, illustration, industrial design, print ephemera, public spectacle and theatre design, within an international context and suggests that Irish society was more open to European and American visual and cultural influence than has previously been considered.
Preface: Luke Gibbons; Introduction: Materiality, Modernity and the Shaping of Identity-Linda King and Elaine Sisson; Experimentalism and the Irish Stage: Theatre and German Expressionism in the 1920s- Elaine Sisson; Technology and modernity: the Shannon Scheme and visions of national progress- Sorcha O'Brien; Nationality and Representation: the Coinage Design Committee (1926-8) and the formation of a design identity in the Irish Free State - Paul Caffrey; An Gúm, The Free State and the Politics of the Irish Language- Brian Ó Conchubhair; Republic of Virtue: the campaign against evil literature and the assertion of Catholic moral authority in Free State Ireland - Michael Flanagan; Vanishing Borders: the representation of political partition in the Free State 1922-1949- Ciaran Swan; 'Funereal black trucks advertising Guinness' The St Patrick's Day Industrial Pageant- Mike Cronin; (De)constructing the Tourist Gaze: Dutch Influences and Aer Lingus Tourism Posters, 1951-1961- Linda King; Tradition in the Service of Modernity: Kilkenny Design Workshops and selling 'good' design at American department store promotions, 1967-76- Anna Moran; From Dublin To Chicago and back again: An exploration of the influence of Americanised Modernism on the culture of Dublin's architecture 1945 – 1975 - Ellen Rowley; The Ephemera of Eternity: the Irish Catholic memorial card as material culture- Mary Ann Bolger; Celtic Revivals: Jim Fitzpatrick and the Celtic Imaginary in Irish and International Popular Culture - Maeve Connolly.
Linda King is a lecturer in Design History and Theory, and Visual Communication Design at The Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire (IADT). Elaine Sisson is a Senior Lecturer at The Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire (IADT) and is the author of Pearse's Patriots: St Enda's and the Cult of Boyhood (Cork University Press, 2004).