Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum of Fairfield and Quinnipiac University will present the exhibition, An Gorta Mór: Selections from the Collection of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, from September 17-October 16 at the Fairfield Museum and History Center. The exhibition features pieces from Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, which has the world’s largest collection of art related to the Irish Famine. The famine took place from 1845-52 and was the greatest social tragedy, in terms of morality and suffering, that Ireland has ever experienced.
Among the nearly 30 pieces from the collection that will be on display include: Gorta by Lilian Lucy Davidson; Famine Ship by John Behan; The Leave Taking by Margaret Lyster Chamberlain; The Victim by Rowan Gillespie; The World is Full of Murder by Brian Maguire; Finishing Touch by James Brenan; and Irish Peasant Children by Daniel Macdonald. The selections on exhibit range from ones created at the time of the Great Hunger in the mid-19th century to contemporary reflections of this period in Irish history.