Arts Council executive director to retire in June

March 27, 2002
Frances “Bitsie” Clark loves meetings. It does not matter how long — Clark says she loves watching people mingle, and she loves dissecting personalities. “I’m interested in the way things happen,” she said. “It keeps you from getting burned out. Most people have their eye very, very much on the goal. If they aren’t getting »

New BAC director wants strong Yale ties

March 7, 2002
In the middle of a residential neighborhood just outside Los Angeles is a famous botanical garden and research institute. Surrounded by drab suburban housing, it is an island of strange, twisting trees and shrubs, ringed by a tall stone wall — something out of the pages of Tolkien, but near Pasadena, Calif. It is the »

Levin appoints new British Art Center director

March 1, 2002
Yale President Richard Levin announced on Thursday that he has appointed Amy Meyers GRD ’85 to be the new director of the Yale Center for British Art — the largest museum of its kind outside of Britain. For the past 13 years Meyers has worked at the Henry E. Huntington library in California, where she »

Gay men’s chorus mixes politics, music

February 26, 2002
The story of the Connecticut Gay Men’s Chorus is a sometimes befuddling mix of the political and the sublimely musical. Their shows, which mix musical theater and cabaret, tend to play off the sexual identity of the singers. But the group’s ascension, by all accounts, has everything to do with the mastery of its craft »

Noted historian McCullough ’55 returns to Yale

February 25, 2002
When David McCullough ’55 was a junior at Yale, nearly half a century ago, he stayed in New Haven over spring break to write a paper. Cooped up in Sterling Memorial Library, surrounded by piles of books, he learned to love what he calls the “thrill” of research. “My junior year at Yale, I wanted »

City artists face lack of gallery space, NY competition

February 20, 2002
Hayne Bayless makes “artful ceramics” — jugs, vases and goblets — and he has done well for himself. His kiln-fired, delicately latticed ceramics have won awards from places like the Smithsonian Museum to craft shows in New Zealand. In one week last April, he sold $18,000 worth of pottery. But not everyone in New Haven’s »

Yalie’s Sept. 11 sculpture attracts national attention

February 13, 2002
When James Tunick ’03 removed his Sept. 11 sculpture from Cross Campus, it was surrounded by a well-worn ring of dirt and brown grass, covered in students’ scrawls, and bound for the pages of Rolling Stone Magazine. The sculpture — two stark, vertical, wooden planks, an emblem of the fallen twin towers — was throughout »

Sour economy drives rise in applications at Yale art schools

February 6, 2002
Following a national trend, all of Yale’s arts-orientated professional schools saw remarkable increases in the number of applications they received this winter — although applications to the Drama School remained stagnant, as they have for the past decade. The schools of Music, Art and Architecture saw jumps between 15 and 27 percent this academic year. »

‘Betty’ marks Durang’s return to the Yale Rep

February 1, 2002
During the closing stretch of his tenure as artistic director of the Yale Repertory Theater, Drama School Dean Stan Wojewodski Jr. has turned to the man who is perhaps the school’s most famous living playwright — and its most acerbicly funny one. Christopher Durang DRA ’74 has carved a reputation as a writer whose work »

Gehry returns to Yale to teach graduate seminar

January 18, 2002
Frank O. Gehry — adored by the critics and revered by the press — may be designing Princeton’s new library. But Yale has the man himself, and has for years. As he has periodically since 1979, Gehry is teaching an advanced studio class for 12 students at the School of Architecture, commuting between his California »

Art gallery prepares to go online

January 15, 2002
The idea was novel and ambitious — using digital cameras to photograph thousands of sketches, paintings, and other objects sitting in dark boxes at the Yale Art Gallery as part of an intricate project which would allow the Gallery to display its art collection online. “We are the front-runners in this field,” said Paul Ha, »

Painter Eakins used projected images in work

December 12, 2001
British artist David Hockney has a theory. In his book, “Secret Knowledge,” he writes that artists can be divided into two camps, the “lens-based tradition” and the “eyeballers”: those who traced their works, and those who did not. He lays out a sweeping, startling case that Caravaggio and Vermeer traced images from a camera obscura; »