By Elizabeth Vranka, Executive Director of OSilas Gallery at Concordia College
Sep. 23, 2020: OSilas Gallery at Concordia College is pleased to announce the reopening of the Gallery on September 17.
The Gallery is thrilled to welcome visitors again since closing its doors in March due to the pandemic. The opening show is A Photo Album of Ireland, which will be on view through November 7, 2020.
The health and safety of our community is our priority, and visitors will note new health and safety protocols in place on campus and in the Gallery. The Gallery's new health and safety protocols can be found by clicking here.
A Photo Album of Ireland is a touring exhibition. It emerges from an ongoing democratic archive that is a celebration of ordinary and extraordinary histories, viewed from the perspective of private individuals and families. From the earliest photographs taken in the 1850s to photo-booth images from the 1980s, these images reveal details about how people lived, worked, and gathered that official historical records may have overlooked.
Taken as a whole, this collection of more than 90 photographs creates a rich tapestry of images that tells of the triumphs and times of turmoil in the life of a nation. From quotidian scenes of pastoral picnics, holiday celebrations, and parlor portraits to snapshots documenting the impact of The Troubles in the North; from joyful wedding parties to solemn funerary processions; from the documentation of Irish historical sites by the world-renowned Shackleton family to the unheralded efforts of an anonymous family photographer; A Photo Album of Ireland presents the people's account of history that is at once personal and powerful.
The exhibition will present an extensive range of digitized images from early Ambrotype portraits and informal Box Brownie images to 35mm documentary photographs and Polaroid images. The overall exhibition design concept will emulate a family photo album, with images of various sizes installed salon style.
This exhibition was organized with support from Culture Ireland's International Culture Programme to celebrate Ireland 2016. It was curated by the Gallery of Photography, Dublin, and organized by ExhibitsUSA in partnership with Culture Ireland.
A Photo Album of Ireland will be on view in OSilas Gallery through November 7, 2020. Gallery hours for the general public are Thursdays 12 pm – 5 pm and Saturdays 2 pm – 5 pm. Special Gallery hours for Gallery Members only are Tuesdays 12 pm -5 pm. Visitors are encouraged to make an appointment to view the show outside of regular Gallery hours by contacting Executive Director Elizabeth Vranka at
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OSilas Gallery is located on the campus of Concordia College, 171 White Plains Road, Bronxville, in the Donald A. Krenz Academic Center on the second level of Scheele Memorial Library. Free parking is available on campus and accessible via Concordia Place off of White Plains Road. For more information on exhibitions and a full listing of gallery events, please see osilasgallery.org. All visitors to the Gallery must comply with the Gallery's safety protocols, which can be found by clicking here.
Photo courtesy OSilas Gallery
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