Opening Hours

The GLUCKSMAN Little Interview

Each week we ask the same set of questions to a different member of our community. Throughout 2015, we interviewed diverse members of the Glucksman community - artists, academics, staff members, guests, audiences and workshop participants. The responses were funny, inspiring, revealing and always a great read. The archive of 2015's interviews can be found here. Thanks to all who took part!

This week we hear from UCC academic Theresa Reidy, who contributed an In Detail talk as part of the public programmes for 2116: forecast of the next century.


Theresa Reidy: 6 May 2016

What are you reading?
I am a murder mystery fan and right now I’m reading Even the Dead by Benjamin Black. I love all his Quirke novels.

Favourite museum?
Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. They have fabulous fashion exhibitions at the Costume Institute, the best I’ve seen. I have to go through New York for work quite often and I never miss a chance to visit. Anyone who doubts that fashion is art will have their views transformed after one visit.

Best performance?
I went to the Berlin Philharmonic at Christmas a few years ago. The programme included Beethoven and Dvorak. It was outstanding and the tickets were just €40. It was an experience of a lifetime for any classical music fan.

What is your most treasured possession?
Well the thing is that Angie, my golden doodle, is fairly sure that she owns me but at least the feeling is mutual.

What work(s) of art inspire you?
I really like some of Edward Hopper’s work. I saw a large exhibition of his work many years ago and I was struck by the beauty of the solitary scenes of women that he painted but my favourite piece is probably Chop Suey which is a scene of two women talking in a coffee shop.

I also saw Guernica last year and no one could fail to be struck by the extraordinary genius of the work.

A lightbulb moment?
I’ve been an election monitor many times in some very troubled parts of the world. I can’t say which one had the most profound impact but the work has left me with an unshakable belief in democracy. Ireland is an old democracy, we’ve had nearly 100 years of free and fair elections, and I often think we undervalue this most precious achievement.

Guilty pleasure?
Food and booze!

What would you like to be doing right now?
Catching up with the final episodes of House of Cards. I’m two months behind. The general election threw my viewing schedule out of whack. Lucky I caught up on Homeland over Christmas.

Eleanor Duffin, 29 April 2016
Lee Welch,
22 April 2016
Darn Thorn,
15 April 2016
Luise Ebner,
8 April 2016
Damien Flood
, 1 April 2016
Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, 25 March 2016
Eoin Colfer,
11 March 2016
Colin Darke,
4 March 2016
Daniel Blackshields,
27 February 2015
Antonia Hirsch,
19 February
Fiona Kelly
, 12 February 2015

Declan Jordan
, 5 February 2015

Find the 2015 Little Interviews here