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In the Evening There is Feeling: Reading Moyra Davey


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Led by DCA’s Head of Exhibitions, Eoin Dara, In the Evening There is Feeling is DCA’s reading group. It takes its name from Gertrude Stein’s 1914 book Tender Buttons and focuses, in an informal and welcoming way, on feminist and queer texts from the worlds of art and literature.  

Connecting to Mary McIntyre’s practice where photographs often form a foundation for a viewer to step off into other worlds of imagination and intellect, this session will introduce and discuss some excerpts from Moyra Davey’s recent essay collection Index Cards.

In these essays, the acclaimed artist, photographer, writer and filmmaker often begins with a daily encounter – with a photograph, a memory, or a passage from a book – and links that subject to others, drawing fascinating and unlikely connections, until you can almost feel the texture of her thinking. While thinking and writing, she weaves together disparate writers and artists – Mary Wollstonecraft, Jean Genet, Virginia Woolf, Janet Malcolm, Chantal Akerman and Roland Barthes, among many others – in a way that is both elliptical and direct, clear-headed and personal, prismatic and self-examining, layering narratives to reveal the thorny but nourishing relationship between art and life.

To join the conversation, book your place before 17:00 on Wed 20 October. We will send you digital excerpts of the texts and details of the Zoom meeting upon booking.

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