Irish outsiders: Performing Irish heritage on the streets of New York | Intellect Skip to content
1981
Performance and Ireland
  • ISSN: 2044-3714
  • E-ISSN: 2044-3722

Abstract

This article analyses how the Tenement Museum at 97 Orchard Street in Lower Manhattan uses immersive techniques to provide visitors with an opportunity to engage with nineteenth- and early twentieth-century immigrant experiences. My specific focus is the apartment tour entitled, Irish Outsiders, a living history installation curated as part of the Museum’s Hard Times exhibit that recreates the cramped apartment of Joseph and Bridget Moore, real-life residents of 97 Orchard Street in 1869. The Moores left an Ireland traumatized by the Great Famine only to arrive at the challenges of New York City immigrant living. This immersive recreation of Joseph and Bridget Moore’s apartment staged for a Catholic wake links this specific Irish immigrant experience with that of loss, suffering, poverty and trauma. Drawing on Alison Landsberg’s concept of ‘prosthetic memory’ alongside frameworks of heritage performance, this article examines the Irish Outsiders as an immersive performance curated to reflect and shape the narrative tropes essential to the Irish immigrant experience implicit within an Irish-American heritage identity.

Loading

Article metrics loading...

/content/journals/10.1386/scene_00027_1
2020-12-01
2024-02-21
Loading full text...

Full text loading...

References

  1. Ahmed, Sara. ( 2015), The Cultural Politics of Emotion, , 2nd ed.., New York:: Routledge;.
    [Google Scholar]
  2. Berchild, Christopher L.. ( 2009;), ‘ Ireland rearranged: Contemporary Irish drama and the Irish American stage. ’, in J. P. Harrington. (ed.), Irish Theatre in America Essays on Irish Theatrical Diaspora, Syracuse:: Syracuse University Press;, pp. 3853.
    [Google Scholar]
  3. Bulik, Mark. ( 2015;), ‘ 1854: No Irish Need Apply. ’, New York Times, 8 September, https://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/08/insider/1854-no-irish-need-apply.html. Accessed 1 July 2018.
    [Google Scholar]
  4. Burns, Sara. ( 2019;), ‘ American visas: The options available to Irish citizens. ’, The Irish Times, 15 July, https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/abroad/american-visas-the-options-available-to-irish-citizens-1.3957281#:~:text=Aside%20from%20the%20J%2D1,Irish%20get%20a%20green%20card. Accessed 12 June 2020.
    [Google Scholar]
  5. Gordon, Alan. ( 2016), Time Machine Time Travel: Tourism and the Rise of the Living History Museum in Mid-Twentieth-Century Canada, Vancouver:: The University of British Columbia Press;.
    [Google Scholar]
  6. Irish Central Staff ( 2018;), ‘ Is No Irish Need Apply coming into play with the US Green Card lottery?. ’, Irish Central, 18 July, https://www.irishcentral.com/news/politics/no-irish-need-apply-green-card-lottery. Accessed 12 June 2020.
    [Google Scholar]
  7. Jackson, Anthony, and Jenny, Kidd. ( 2011;), ‘ Introduction. ’, in A. Jackson, and J. Kidd. (eds), Performing Heritage: Research, Practice and Innovation in Museum Theatre and Live Interpretation, Manchester:: Manchester University Press;, pp. 111.
    [Google Scholar]
  8. Jennings, Kevin. ( 2018;), ‘ The people who say Trump’s immigration stance “isn’t American” must look at their history – it is. ’, The Independent, 28 June, https://www.tenement.org/in_the_news/the-people-who-say-trumps-immigration-stance-isnt-american-must-look-at-their-history-it-is/. Accessed 21 January 2020.
    [Google Scholar]
  9. Kidd, Jenny. ( 2018;), ‘ Immersive heritage encounters. ’, The Museum Review, 3:1, n.pag.
    [Google Scholar]
  10. Landsberg, Alison. ( 2004), Prosthetic Memory: The Transformation of American Remembrance in the Age of Mass Culture, New York:: Columbia University Press;.
    [Google Scholar]
  11. Lowenthal, David. ( 1998), The Heritage Crusade and the Spoils of History, Cambridge:: Cambridge University Press;.
    [Google Scholar]
  12. Magelssen, Scott. ( 2011;), ‘ Introduction. ’, in S. Magelssen, and R. Justice Malloy. (eds), Enacting History, Tuscaloosa, AL:: University of Alabama Press;, pp. 18.
    [Google Scholar]
  13. Miroff, Nick, and Romm, Tony. ( 2020;), ‘ Citing pandemic, Trump extends immigration restrictions. ’, The Washington Post, 22 June, https://www.washingtonpost.com/immigration/trump-immigration-workers-coronavirus/2020/06/22/3b969e88-b489-11ea-9b0f-c797548c1154_story.html. Accessed 22 June 2020.
    [Google Scholar]
  14. Moloney, Mick. ( 2009;), ‘ Harrigan, Hart, and Braham: Irish America and the birth of the American musical. ’, in J. P. Harrington. (ed.), Irish Theatre in America Essays on Irish Theatrical Diaspora, Syracuse:: Syracuse University Press;, pp. 118.
    [Google Scholar]
  15. O’Neil, Kathleen, and Johnson, J. H.. ( 1862;), ‘ No Irish Need Apply. ’, Song Publisher, 7 N. Tenth St., Philadelphia .
  16. Pearson, Mike. ( 2010), Site-Specific Performance, Basingstoke:: Palgrave Macmillan;.
    [Google Scholar]
  17. Penn Wharton Budget Model ( 2017;), ‘ The Raise Act: Effect on economic growth and jobs. ’, 10 August, https://budgetmodel.wharton.upenn.edu/issues/2017/8/8/the-raise-act-effect-on-economic-growth-and-jobs. Accessed 12 June 2020.
  18. Roach, Joseph. ( 1996), Cities of the Dead: Circum-Atlantic Performance, New York:: Columbia University Press;.
    [Google Scholar]
  19. Schafer, Donovan O. (. 2016;), ‘ It’s not what you think: Affect theory and power take to the stage. ’, Duke University Press, 15 February, https://dukeupress.wordpress.com/2016/02/15/its-not-what-you-think-affect-theory-and-power-take-to-the-stage/. Accessed 12 June 2020.
    [Google Scholar]
  20. Sharpley, Richard. ( 2009;), ‘ Shedding light on Dark Tourism. ’, in R. Sharpley, and P. R. Stone. (eds), The Darker Side of Travel: The Theory and Practice of Dark Tourism, Bristol:: Channel View Publications;, pp. 322.
    [Google Scholar]
  21. Smith, Laurajane, and Natsuko Akagawa. (eds) ( 2009), Intangible Heritage: Key Issues in Cultural Heritage, London and New York:: Routledge;.
    [Google Scholar]
  22. Staiff, Russel,, Robyn Bushell, and Steve Watson. (eds) ( 2013;), ‘ Introduction: Place, encounter, engagement. ’, in Heritage and Tourism, New York and London:: Routledge;, pp. 124.
    [Google Scholar]
  23. Tenement Museum ( n.d;), ‘ Home page. ’, http://www.tenement.org. Accessed 1 July 2018.
  24. The Times ( 1860) cited in The Nation, Ireland Program (2006-2007) , ‘ Eyewitness accounts of the famine. ’, May, http://archives.evergreen.edu/webpages/curricular/2006-2007/ireland0607/ireland/eyewitness-accounts-of-the-famine/index.html. Accessed 24 February 2020.
  25. Caulfield, Mary P.. ( 2020;), ‘ Irish outsiders: Performing Irish heritage on the streets of New York. ’, Scene, 8:1-2, pp. 121133, doi: https://doi.org/10.1386/scene_00027_1
    [Google Scholar]
http://instance.metastore.ingenta.com/content/journals/10.1386/scene_00027_1
Loading
This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a success
Invalid data
An error occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error