Soul of LeWitt | Intern Elis make art

November 18, 2008
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Sanding, duct-taping and painting walls sound more like home improvement than artistry. But last summer, 10 Yale students performed such tedious tasks to carry out the conceptual visions of Sol LeWitt’s wall drawings. Thirty-three students from Yale, Williams College and 15 other Northeastern universities lived at Williams College and collaborated at »

Exhibit honors Rudolph

November 11, 2008
Walking through “Model City: Buildings and Projects by Paul Rudolph for Yale and New Haven” in the newly renovated Art & Architecture gallery is like strolling through the streets of New Haven’s past. Posters hang from the ceiling and films are projected on sleek television screens in this interactive exhibit, which marks the rededication of »

French filmmaker speaks on art, life

November 5, 2008
French filmmaker Claire Denis lives and works within the eye of the storm. On Monday afternoon, Denis and Jean-Michel Frodon, the editor of French film journal Cahiers du Cinema, spoke to a full house at the Whitney Humanities Center auditorium. Denis discussed the screenings of her well-known films, “Beau Travail” and “L’Intrus.” Yet the breadth »

Online ads for theater

October 31, 2008
In the age of technology, using posters to advertise theater shows may become a thing of the past. For the production of Bertolt Brecht’s “MAN=MAN,” which runs from Oct. 28 to Nov. 1 at the New Theater, the School of Drama created four behind-the-scenes videos that are currently posted on Facebook, YouTube and the Drama »

Journalist Conover takes risks, trains

October 24, 2008
“Participatory journalist” Ted Conover has had nine lives. In a packed Branford College common room last night as a part of the Francis Conversations with Writers and Editors series, the Pulitzer Prize finalist shared pieces of these lives, which include riding trains across the country with “hobos,” crossing the Mexican border with illegal migrant workers, »

Cox exhibit opens at YCBA

October 14, 2008
Stormy skies abound in a new exhibit at the Yale Center for British Art featuring the work of David Cox, a mid–19th century watercolor painter. The retrospective, entitled “Sun, Wind and Rain: The Art of David Cox,” includes over 100 of his watercolor and oil paintings. This collaboration between the British Art Center and the »

With YCBA, Lee ’09 studies Walpole home

January 15, 2008
The Yale Center for British Art is giving a whole new meaning to hands-on learning — complete with a trip across the pond to delve into the world of Horace Walpole. Walpole and his curious architectural aesthetic choice is the subject of a yearlong, two-credit research project for art history major Andrew Lee ’09. As »

College survey aims to go beyond rankings

November 15, 2007
Ivies beware: a new college survey suggests there are better ways of assessing universities than rankings alone. Last week, more than 200 universities nationwide released their results from the National Survey of Student Engagement for publication in the magazine USA Today. But Yale and other Ivy League schools did not participate in the survey. Administrators »

J. Press takes pride in ‘preppy’ clothing legacy

November 14, 2007
J. Press is not afraid to admit that it caters to a specific crowd. “We’re continuing the Ivy League tradition — that’s the whole point of our existence,” said Denis Black, the general manager of the New Haven and Cambridge, Mass. branches of the store. “Our typical clientele are very well-educated, upper-income people.” In a »

‘Sexualities’ series features avant-garde director Jacobs

November 13, 2007
“Warning: Throbbing light … not for persons afflicted with epilepsy” flashed on the big screen in the Whitney Humanities Center Sunday night. No, this was not a psychology experiment but the film screening of a notable avant-garde filmmaker. “I hope people learn something tonight,” experimental film director Ken Jacobs said. “I’m so disappointed with American »

Dubliner writes winning play

October 2, 2007
Conjoined twins set the stage at “The Boys from Siam,” a performance at the Yale Repertory Theatre’s New Theater last night. The reading was part of Irish author John Connolly’s Yale Drama Series prize. The prize he won was founded to support emerging playwrights. Connolly is the first annual winner of this prize, which includes »