Paul Muldoon: The Joseph M. Hassett Collection

Special Collections Gallery
Charles Marvin Fairchild Memorial Gallery

Paul Muldoon: The Joseph M. Hassett Collection explores the work of Irish poet Paul Muldoon through a collection of published work donated to Lauinger Library by Joseph M. Hassett. Housed in the Booth Family Center for Special Collections Gallery at Lauinger Library, the exhibition takes visitors on a journey through Muldoon’s life and work, as well as his friendship with Hassett, as reflected in inscriptions, correspondence, and photographs.

 

Hassett’s extensive collection features some of Muldoon’s rarest limited-edition publications. These mesmerizing objects offer an unusually rich glimpse into Muldoon’s collaborations with printmakers, painters, illustrators, photographers, and musicians. Drawing on manuscripts, drafts, letters, and revisions, the exhibition seeks to tap into Muldoon’s creative process, examining the political pressures that shaped his early work in Troubles-era Belfast, his migration to the United States in 1987, and the editorial relationships and artistic community that surround him.

 

Paul Muldoon: The Joseph M. Hassett Collection is curated by Chris Kenny (MA English, ’23) and hosted by the Booth Family Center for Special Collections at Lauinger Library with the assistance of Georgetown Global Irish Studies, Dr. Cóilín Parsons (Associate Professor of English and Director of Global Irish Studies), Jay Sylvestre (Rare Books Curator), LuLen Walker (Art Curator), and Keith Gorman (Director, Booth Family Center for Special Collections).

Acknowledgments

Curated by Chris Kenny MA '23