James Coleman, Charon (MIT Project) (detail), 1989, projected images with synchronized audio narration.


James Coleman

Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)
Royal Hospital Military Road Kilmainham
March 7–April 26

Curated by Enrique Juncosa

Spread across three venues, this show bills itself as “the largest and most ambitious staging of James Coleman’s work in Ireland to date”—the crucial phrase being “in Ireland.” Underexhibited in his native land, Coleman, like his more famous compatriot, has been a trafficker in exile and cunning. Of the six works to be shown here, three—Seeing for Oneself, 1987–88, Charon (MIT Project), 1989, and Untitled, 1998–2002—will be appearing in that country for the first time. Philosophical, conceptual, and enigmatic, Coleman’s “slide/tape” projections quite properly have international currency, but they also often have a connection to Irish history and landscape, for those who can decode it. A Coleman show of this scope for a Dublin audience is long overdue.

This exhibition is simultaneously presented at the Project Arts Centre and the Royal Hibernian Academy.