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New exhibition opening June 10th – Lee Miller in James Joyce’s Dublin

Opening on June 10th with a special talk ‘The Legendary Lee Miller’, the James Joyce Centre is thrilled to announce our new exhibition Lee Miller James Joyce’s Dublin which features 60 previously unseen images from the iconoclastic American photographer.

In this exhibition we see Miller traverse a desolate, post-War Dublin in 1946, capturing streets and buildings that were connected to Joyce’s life and work. These include some important Joycean locations that were thought never to have been photographed such as the family’s first northside address on Hardwicke Street as well as detailed interior portraits of Barney Kiernan’s pub, setting for the Cyclops episode in Ulysses.

About Lee Miller:

American photographer, Lee Miller, began her career as a fashion model in New York City in the 1920’s and became a freelance photographer for Condé Nast. Later Lee travelled on to Paris where she assisted and collaborated with artist Man Ray while establishing her own practice as a fashion and fine art photographer.   After spending time in Egypt in the 1930’s, Lee found herself in England when the Second World War broke out and soon became one of a handful of female war correspondents.  Lee photographed for Vogue Magazine, embarking on a career that would span from 1939 – 1953.  Working for Vogue in the 1940’s she covered the London Blitz, and later the battle of Saint Malo, the liberation of Paris and the concentration camps, Buchenwald and Dachau.

The exhibition, which is curated by Peggy Sue Amison with Terence Killeen and Mark Traynor, is being organised by the James Joyce Centre, Dublin in partnership with Antony Penrose, Lee’s son, and the Lee Miller Archives with the generous support of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Dublin City Council.


Exhibitions at the James Joyce Centre

We invite you to visit our exhibitions… 

With the generous support of the National Library of Ireland, the Joyce Centre is the permanent home to highlights from the Library’s 2004-2006 landmark James Joyce & Ulysses exhibition. Through interactive installations and three films, you may delve into the novel, its historical backdrop, its publishing controversies and learn more about Joyce’s life.

Throughout the year, the Centre’s temporary and permanent exhibitions interpret and illuminate various aspects of Joyce’s life and work.

Based on contemporary accounts, the Joyce Study gives an impression of the circumstances in which the Joyces lived while Joyce was working on Ulysses in Trieste, Zurich and Paris from 1914 to 1922.

Interactive computer installations allow visitors to explore the content of Ulysses episode by episode, and to explore Joyce’s biography year by year.

Furniture from the apartment of Paul Léon, Joyce’s friend and advisor. In Léon’s apartment Joyce met with many friends and supporters and worked on translations of parts of Finnegans Wake.

The Family Tree of Ulysses in Print provides information on the many editions of Ulysses from the first edition, published by Shakespeare & Company on 2 February 1922, to the editions available in bookstores today.

A copy of Joyce’s death mask by sculptor Paul Speck is also on view.

Three documentary films (each 10 – 12 minutes long) detail the controversy over Ulysses, the relationship between Joyce and the National Library of Ireland, and Joyce’s contemporary legacy.

The original front-door from No. 7 Eccles Street (Leopold Bloom’s home in Ulysses) is on display in the yard at the back of the house.