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.
The special collections of the new Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library include content from three arts libraries formerly housed in separate locations — the Art & Architecture Library, the Arts of the Book Collection and the Drama Library.
“Treasures from the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library” draws on each of these collections and showcases rare and unique, published and archival materials.
Highlights include Lodovico Dolce’s “Dialogo … nel quale si nel ragiona delle qualita`, diversita`, e proprieta` de i colori,” published in Venice in 1565, from the Faber Birren Collection of Books on Color; woodcuts and proofs for the illustrations of Ambrose Bierce’s “The Devil’s Dictionary,” published by the Limited Editions Club, from the personal and artistic archives of illustrator Fritz Kredel; an original wood engraving for the cover illustration of the 1943 Random House edition of “Wuthering Heights,” drawn from the papers of artist and illustrator Fritz Eichenberg; set designs for a production of “Salome” from the archive of costume and set designer Rollo Peters; cabinet photographs from the Rockefeller Theatrical Prints Collection; and a miniature puppet theater from the Arts Library collections of George Pierce Baker, the first head of the Yale University Department of Drama (1925-1933).
Regular public hours for the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library are Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, 2:30-11 p.m. This exhibition will be on view throughout the fall semester.
Exhibitions in New Arts Buildings Highlight Architect’s Legacy, Library’s ‘Treasures’ Yale Bulletin 11/7/08