Category Archives: New Haven

The Shakespeare Lady

MICHELLE NICOLE LEE, an alumni of the Yale Drama School, has written an essay for The New York Times on mental illness and her encounters with New Haven’s famous Shakespeare Lady.

When Madness Is in the Wings October 23, 2009 New York Times


Sol LeWitt @ the new Smilow Hospital

"Wall Drawing 692" by Sol LeWitt @ Mass Moca

Sol LeWitt’s “Wall Drawing 692” @ Mass MoCa

Smilow’s interior features modern art – Lauren Motzkin – Yale Daily News – October 22, 2009

In a collaboration between the Smilow Hospital and the Yale University Art Gallery, “Wall Drawing 692” by conceptual artist Sol LeWitt has been installed in the lobby of the hospital, providing patients and visitors with a colorful welcome to the building.


Smilow Cancer Hospital’s design met criticism

Smilow Cancer Hospital’s design met criticism Amir Sharif Yale Daily News October 22, 2009

At the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Smilow Cancer Hospital Wednesday, nothing about the festive atmosphere and teary-eyed attendants suggested the controversial design process of the building — a process that involved extensive negotiations between hospital administrators, the building’s architects and city officials.


New Haven Through The Architect’s Eye

2 articles on: “Through the Architect’s Eye — New Haven & the World”
On view in the atrium of New Haven’s City Hall until Oct. 23.

Latino architects show off shutter skills New Haven Register October 17, 2009 – Pamela McLoughlin

NEW HAVEN — The first floor of City Hall has never been as architecturally sound as it is right now.

Photographic works of 40 architects from some 20 Latin American countries who have visited, worked or are working in the city are on display until Friday as part of Arte Inc.’s citywide celebration of Hispanic heritage. October is Hispanic Heritage month.

Exhibit Shows View From Architects’ Eyes Allan Appel | October 9, 2009 New Haven Independent

If photography is the art of light, what happens when architects, who trade in solid masses, pick up the camera?

The result: a vision of the world and the city filled with design and drama.


Preservationists object to plan for new colleges

Buildings to be demolished, clockwise from top left: Daniel Cady Eaton house, Hammond hall, Seeley Mudd Library, 88 Prospect Street.

“I find it very shocking that the total demolition of a giant site like this is still thought of as the way to proceed,” says Anstress Farwell ’78MA, president of the New Haven Urban Design League.

More seriously, she questions the wisdom of emulating the neo-Gothic architecture of Yale’s central campus. Calling it “a fantasy environment about what Yale has been in the past,” Farwell says, “I don’t think that if the university succeeds in this plan, the debate will ever go away: why did Yale do something retardataire at a moment when architecture is looking to be innovative?”

Preservationists object to plan for new colleges Carol Bass Yale Alumni Magazine 7/7/09


International Festival of Arts and Ideas 2009

The International Festival of Arts and Ideas starts this Saturday!

List of all events for the International Festival of Arts and Ideas

International Festival of Arts & Ideas Kicks Off This Weekend By FRANK RIZZO Hartford Courant 6/11/2009

Mary Lou Aleskie believes that in a year in which economies throughout the world are traumatically shaken, making international connections is more vital than ever.

As executive director of New Haven’s International Festival of Arts & Ideas, which begins its 14th year Saturday, Aleskie has created more collaborations than ever for the programming, especially at a time when her budget hasn’t grown, corporate sponsorships are down and the dollar is devalued.

We Need Arts & Ideas More Than Ever: There’s no downturn in the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, the festival that helps us cope with reality Christopher Arnott New Haven Advocate 6/9/2009

The festival’s program director, Cathy Edwards, describes this year’s festival vibe as “something really uplifting about working together, the community coming together at a difficult time.” She sees the community theme as a chance to explore “the relationship of global to local,” and also “an opportunity for families to do things together.”


Drawings give first look at new colleges

Jeff Stikeman

Designs for the new colleges have not been unveiled to the public, but an artist commissioned by Stern’s architectural firm recently posted sketches of the project on his Web site. The pencil drawings show two colleges that will be built of brick with stone embellishments, will feature towers in various locations and, like all of Yale’s existing colleges, will be defined by their courtyards.

Drawings give first look at new colleges Paul Needham YDN 5/12/09