Category Archives: Exhibits

New Yale Podcast: Art of the Ketubah


Find the podcast here and read about the Sterling Library exhibit here.


Photos from the 2009 Venice Biennale


See the entire set of photos here.


Social Commentary on Canvas: Dickensian Take on the Real World

Royal Holloway, University of London

Disdained, derided and dismissed by Modernist art critics from Roger Fry to Clement Greenberg, Victorian painting staged a comeback in the Postmodern era.

Though often sappy and moralistic, at its best late-19th-century British painting still delivers a rich mix of visual imagination, narrative intrigue and social commentary. An excellent exhibition at the Yale Center for British Art proves the point. Drawn from a collection created in the early 1880s for students at Royal Holloway College, then just for women, “Paintings From the Reign of Victoria: The Royal Holloway Collection, London” offers pictures that can make you wish painting today were as tuned in to the real world.

Social Commentary on Canvas: Dickensian Take on the Real World Ken Johnson NYT 6/18/09

“Paintings From the Reign of Victoria: The Royal Holloway Collection, London” continues through July 26 at the Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel Street, New Haven


Westville Village Artwalk this weekend



Historic Westville Village for the 12th Annual ArtWalk Festival on Friday, May, 8, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Saturday, May 9, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. This free community family event features art exhibitions from local, regional and national artists, a craft fair and a full day of events for kids and adults of all ages.

Full schedule available here.


Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes @ A&A Gallery

Walker Art Center

Photos, sculpture, paintings, architectural models, videos and other sorts of art responding to contemporary suburbia by some 30 artists, architects and designers make up “Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes” at the Yale School of Architecture. An eclectic but altogether stimulating exhibition, it has a clear if slightly condescending message: it is O.K. to live in suburbia. Phew.

From Malls to Homes to Cars, the Transitioning of Suburbia Benjamin Gennochio NYT 4/16/09

“Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes,” Yale School of Architecture, New Haven, through May 10. (203) 432-2288 or


William H. Wright Special Collections Exhibition Area

Arts Library Special Collections showcases its collections on a regular basis in the William H. Wright Special Collections Exhibition Area in the lower level of the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library.

Collections in Conversation: Drama
Through June 30, 2009

Curator, Colleen Reilly

Collections in Conversation is the first in a series of three exhibits featuring the major holdings of the Arts Library Special Collections through the lens of a single discipline. This exhibit highlights materials that depict, document, and draw on the history and practice of theatre across the Architecture, Art History, Arts of the Book, and Drama collections. The exhibit includes selections from the Yale Rockefeller Theatrical Print Collection, the Puppetry Collection, the Faber Birren Collection of Books on Color, the Bookplate Collection, and selected artists’ books. The placement of these items alongside one another points to the possibilities of interdisciplinary research across these rich collections.

Why University Museums Matter

Yale University Art Gallery

“If it helps, consider your museum and its collection in purely materialistic terms, as a big chunk of capital, slowly and fortuitously accumulated. Once spent, it is irrecoverable. Your university can never be that rich in that way again. Or view the art in your care as something that doesn’t belong to you. Like any legacy it belongs to the future.”

Such thoughts came to mind on a recent visit to campus museums and galleries at Yale University that have exceptional shows this winter. One, devoted to Picasso and writing, is drawn almost entirely from the university’s permanent collections. Another, on the role of tea in Japanese culture, is composed primarily of objects on loan from a single Yale alumnus. A third, imported from another university museum, brings together Degas, geology and gorillas to celebrate Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday. And they are supplemented by a tidy roundup of contemporary Indian artists.”

Why University Museums Matter Holland Cotter NYT 2/19/09

Read more here.

Posted by Chris