March 11, 2011  |  Five for Friday
Five for Friday: Éire go Brách

Five for Friday, written by a variety of MoMA staff members, is our attempt to spotlight some of the compelling, charming, and downright curious works in the Museum’s rich collection.

As any member of my (typically large) Irish American family would be more than happy to tell you (at length), the Irish are great storytellers. Luckily for you, a picture is worth 1,000 words, so I’ll spare you a long-winded introduction and simply say…

Happy (early) Saint Patrick’s Day!


Josef Koudelka. Ireland. 1972
Koudelka captured the craggy coast—and craggy faces—of the old country…


Harry Callahan. Ireland. 1977
…and Callahan captured its quiet village streets.


Louise Bourgeois. Shamrock, state III. 2002
There’s nothing luckier than a four-leaf clover, whether it’s printed in reds and pinks…


Cheryl Donegan. Butt Print, Kiss My Royal Irish Ass, First Performance July 3, 1993. 1993
…or in green (with a healthy touch of Irish “cheek”).


Ellsworth Kelly. Green. 1951
In the end, it’s all about keeping it simple and green. Don’t forget to wear yours next Thursday, March 17!


If I can choose a flower selected the Louise Bourgeois.
In heaven or wherever you’re always with me
Elisa Merino

I will choose Cheryl Donegan’s work because ,for me,it’s The symbol of Ireland.The comment defines precisely the spirit of this wonderful people.Irish people are very unknown and underestimated.I always heard the same bullshit(sorry!):they are always drunk and fight.Great mistake!They work hard(see what they did in America!),they never complain(even if they have a lot of reasons to do it!).For what I discovered through time,they are always happy,positive,laughers,great story tellers and they have the most beautiful and entertaining music and dance of the world!Irish people and culture is just a dream!

Thank you for sharing! Cheryl’s was my fave!

A shamrock is NOT a four leaf clover! This is a popular misconception amongst many – get it right please!!!!!! A shamrock has 3 leaves….

Actually Olive, Bourgeois got it wrong, not us. The shamrock (aka white clover) has three leaves, which is why St. Patrick used it to describe the holy trinity during his early ministry in Ireland. But this image pretty clearly depicts four leaves, hence my use of “four-leaf clover,” a common term associated with luck (and a rare find in the wild).

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