UP CLOSE | Galleries plan for future

When the newly hired director of the Yale Center for British Art toured the building in 2002, it seemed to be in fine shape. The museum had seen major renovations in 1996 and 1998, and regular maintenance was treated with strict vigilance. Three weeks after her arrival, the director, Amy Meyers, found herself in a […]

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Art history hires two

As the History of Art Department’s non-Western requirements come under fire this semester, the department is continuing an effort to emphasize a more globalized approach to the study of art. This fall the department hired two new professors with backgrounds in African diaspora art: Erica James, founding director and chief curator of the National Art […]

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Government photos take new form online

With the help of Yale students and faculty, Depression era government photographs are gaining new accessibility, 21st-century style. In early September, a Yale team received a $50,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant to construct an innovative online archive of government-owned photographs taken during the Great Depression. When the grant, issued by the United States […]

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Curating 9/11

On Sept. 1, a new show opened without fanfare in a hallway off the lobby of the Yale University Art Gallery. A second exhibit quietly launched less than a week later in the lower level of the Haas Family Arts Library, framed by library stacks and tables of working students. The exhibits, “Remembering 9/11” and […]

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Storr goes Scandinavian

Those not well-versed in Nordic culture might think Scandinavia is just all about salted herring and horned Viking helmets. To Dean of the School of Art Robert Storr, though, it is a rich and diverse environment for contemporary art. In addition to his duties as dean, Storr has curated an exhibit called “North by New […]

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Messer’s postcards from sabbatical

Though Associate Dean of the School of Art Sam Messer is currently on sabbatical, it does not mean he has quite left campus. Since February, Messer’s office has been accumulating a paper trail documenting his travels through Southeast Asia and India, in the form of photographs of the hundreds of drawings Messer has completed while […]

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Art gallery shows ‘Old Gold’

Although many say the Yale University Art Gallery is home to a gold mine of art, a recent exhibition is, literally, a gold mine of art. Friday marked the gallery’s inaugural exhibition from the Department of Indo-Pacific Art, a division of the museum founded in March 2009. The show, titled “Old Javanese Gold: The Hunter […]

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Storr speaks on censorship

Dean of the School of Art Robert Storr spoke on censorship in American visual arts at a day-long symposium in Washington D.C. Saturday. The event, titled “Culture Wars: Then & Now,” focused on issues of censorship in the arts as a response to the Smithsonian Museum’s removal of a controversial video art piece by artist […]

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Sam’s Space shows disabled artists’ work

While Associate Dean of the School of Art Sam Messer may be on sabbatical in India for the semester, the small-scale gallery he curates in his office — otherwise known as “Sam’s Space” — has not shut down operations. Through April 1, the walls of Messer’s office will display artwork created by adult artists with […]

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Restoring the unrestorable

This is a three-part series exploring art restoration at Yale as the Yale University Art Gallery’s ongoing renovation provides increasing gallery space for the University’s more than 185,000 permanent collection pieces. Part 1 investigates the process of bringing art out of storage through the lens of the nineteenth-century Huntington murals. Part 2 probes the innovative […]

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Mosaics inspire innovative technology

This is a three-part series exploring art restoration at Yale as the Yale University Art Gallery’s ongoing renovation provides increasing gallery space for the University’s more than 185,000 permanent collection pieces. Part 1 investigates the process of bringing art out of storage through the lens of the nineteenth-century Huntington murals. Part 2 probes the innovative […]

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Murals conserved for art gallery reopening

This is a three-part series exploring art restoration at Yale as the Yale University Art Gallery’s ongoing renovation provides increasing gallery space for the University’s more than 185,000 permanent collection pieces. Part 1 investigates the process of bringing art out of storage through the lens of the nineteenth-century Huntington murals. Part 2 probes the innovative […]

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