Claire Puzarne, interim director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University will lead a tour of the world’s largest collection of paintings, sculptures, and other visual media related to the Famine that took place in Ireland from 1845 to 1852. The museum is the only one of its kind in the world. Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum investigates the Famine and its impact through art.
The museum interprets the Famine visually, allowing artists – both those contemporaneous with the Great Hunger and those working today – to explore the impact of the loss of life, the leeching of the land, and the erosions of language and culture. Ms. Puzarne will lead a tour of the galleries, highlighting pieces from the collection, and contextualizing each work in relation to the historical sociopolitical climate.