The poet and playwright William Butler Yeats was born in County Dublin in 1865. He died in 1939, the year that Alen MacWeeney – originally from Dublin and now based in New York – was born.
To honor Yeats, MacWeeney returned to Ireland and under Yeats’ heady influence, photographed the kind of landscapes, animals, objects, places, and people that inhabit his poetry.Under the Influence is the result of this journey, and is on display in celebration of Yeats150 – the 150th anniversary of the birth of William Butler Yeats. Pure MacWeeney, resonantly Yeatsian, quintessentially Irish – the photographs speak of the feel for a place that was and is no longer, of the yearning of the émigré, of the hold of the master over the disciple, of the strange transmutation of word to image and image to symbol.
Tuesday, May 12 | 6:30 pm
Further Information from Irish Arts Centre New York