To accompany the approximately 85 pieces from the Becker Collection, the museum will also create a companion exhibition on the work of Irish American artist John Mulvany. Born in County Meath, Ireland, Mulvany came to New York in 1851 during the midst of Ireland’s Great Hunger. Mulvany worked as a sketch artist during the Civil War, and was praised for the realism in his pieces. He would go on to become a prolific artist of the American West, including his 1876 award-winning painting, “Preliminary Trial of a Horsethief,” which will be on exhibit at the museum.
The museum, located at 3011 Whitney Ave., is open Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays, and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays, 1-5 p.m. Museum admission is free.
Mahoney said “Making America: The Irish in the Civil War Era” will be on display until Oct. 28 and is sponsored by TD Bank. The new exhibitions will offer unique educational opportunities after Quinnipiac sent a portion of its acclaimed art collection from Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum to Ireland for a major traveling exhibition entitled, “Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger.”
“Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger” will be on display at Dublin Castle through June 30, continue to West Cork Arts Center in Skibbereen, Ireland from July 20 through October 13, and then culminate at An tSeanneaglais in Derry, Northern Ireland from January 18 through March 16, 2019.