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NY Times reviews of “Eclipsed”

Prisoners of War and Sex in Liberia
CHARLES ISHERWOOD – November 3, 2009 – New York Times

Like this year’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Ruined” by Lynn Nottage, which is set in Congo, “Eclipsed” depicts the harsh realities of women’s lives in a strife-torn African country with both a clear eye and a palpable empathy. Although it is a less skillfully structured drama — partly because the women here are even more powerless than the Mother Courage-like dominant figure in Ms. Nottage’s play — “Eclipsed” presents a complementary, no-less-harrowing portrait of women fighting to retain their dignity and a sense of self-worth under extreme duress.

In War-Torn Liberia, Women Making Do ANITA GATES New York Times October 31, 2009

IF you walked into a room full of sex slaves, you might not expect to find role models. Unless you’ve already seen Danai Gurira’s new drama, “Eclipsed.”


Rosenkranz Hall out of place

New building does not fit in Erica Blonde –Yale Daily News October 23, 2009

Rosenkranz Hall appears on Yale’s campus like a Piet Mondrian in a room full of Rembrandts: out of place.


Can art be saved? Should it be?

Showing Time: Can art be saved? Should it be?
By Stephen Vincent Kobasa New Haven Advocate 9/16/2009

Review of: Time Will Tell: Ethics and Choices in Conservation
Through Sept. 6. Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven. (203) 432-0600,

What might happen to Dorian Gray’s portrait after the story ends? Decayed by age, it has experienced the ultimate restoration, having been returned to a pristine original state by its subject’s effort to destroy it. This is an irony, of course, and one hopes that the murder of the artist and the suicide (if unintended) of the subject are not absolute prerequisites for the kind of resolution being sought by the various curators and conservators whose projects are on view in this necessarily wordy exhibition.



Yale Rep in tune with Warhol: ‘POP!’ to premiere in the fall By GORDON COX – 7/16/2009 –Variety

Andy Warhol gets the tuner treatment when “POP!” receives its world preem at New Haven’s Yale Repertory Theater in the fall.

The work, which runs Nov. 27-Dec. 19, takes a pop-art, fictionalized look at the events leading up to the shooting of Warhol, with the denizens of the artist’s New York Factory portrayed as characters from a detective pic.


New Exhibition @ Haas

Currently on display in the Wright Special Collections Exhibition Area (lower level of the Haas Arts Library:)

Mary Ellet Kendall Valentine Binding Collection
June 29 – September 18, 2009

Mary Ellet Kendall Valentine and her sister, Sarah Ellet Kendall, were privileged to travel to England to study bookbinding with T. J. Cobden-Sanderson, proprietor of the Doves Press and close associate of William Morris. Full leather bindings with gold stamped decorations showcase both the technical and design skills of Mary Valentine and Sarah Kendall. The intricate patterns are influenced by their Arts & Crafts training, but also show a tendency toward Art Deco and other modern influences. The collection includes bindings executed jointly as well as solo work by Mary Valentine. The 23 bindings in the collection are in exquisite shape and are the best example of fine binding by one artist in the Arts of the Book Collection, part of Arts Library Special Collections.

This collection was the gift of Sarah V. Nerber (Sally) in honor of her father James A. Valentine ’02.

The architecture of Richard Levin

The architecture of Richard Levin
Paul Needham Yale Daily News April 16, 2009

Levin has had to learn about architecture on the job. He never took an architecture class as an undergraduate at Stanford, but he did take art history. Stern said the president “sees clearly and makes the right decision almost invariably.”

But with two new residential colleges, the new SOM campus and a number of other projects on hold because of the recession, the jury is still out on Levin’s architectural legacy.

This much, though, is undeniable: Levin has come a long way since he cut the ribbon at Luce Hall.