September 9, 2016 – January 14, 2017
This thematic installation of Ireland’s work draws inspiration from the artist’s interest in the tension between a physical place and the translation of that site through memory. The exhibition also debuts an important new gift of artwork to the house, Delection (1981), given to the foundation by Bay Area-based collectors Randi and Bob Fisher.
Co-organized by the foundation’s curator and head of programs Diego Villalobos and curator Bob Linder, the exhibition takes its title from a notion of Ireland’s interest in history and memory, and the slippage—or the echo—that occurs when a concrete place or moment is imagined and materialized as an object in his art process. It also highlights how Ireland’s experiences as a world traveler influenced his relationship to place.
The Echo features new sculptures, photographs, and works on paper on view alongside the home’s most iconic permanent pieces and architectural features. A number of Ireland’s “Skellig Series” Painted Photographs from 1994 form the centerpiece of presentation, and will be showcased in the home’s Accordion Shop space. This group of altered photographs, first exhibited at the Ansel Adams Center for Photography in San Francisco, resulted from the artist’s travels in Skellig Michael, a remote island off the southwest coast of Ireland.