JUN 2008 | Art
A procession began with the museums accompanying exhibition, The Burial of Patrick Ireland. At the interment site, a modest pine coffin holding a death mask of the artist was lowered by pall bearers into the ground. The somber services included orations and poetry readings by prominent art world figures, culminating in a haunting recitation of keening, the traditional Irish mourning wail, by artist Alanna OKelly. At the completion of the ceremony, the audience of onlookerscomprised of the artists family, friends, colleagues, scholars, reporters, and members of the general publicburst into raucous applause as Brian ODoherty, the man who created Patrick Ireland, stood with his arms outstretched, cheering thank you for peace!