New plans for the preservation and restoration of the Yale Center for British Art have prioritized the original designs and themes of architect Louis Kahn.
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UP CLOSE | Galleries plan for future

September 29, 2011 • 5
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 »
The History of Art Department has hired two specialists in African diaspora art, including Erica James (pictured).
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Art history hires two

September 23, 2011 • 2
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 »
Yale team creates new online archive for Depression-era photographs with funding from the United States Office of Digital Humanities.
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Government photos take new form online

September 15, 2011 • 2
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

September 8, 2011 • 9
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

April 14, 2011 • 0
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 »
Though he is currently on sabbatical in Southeast Asia, Associate Dean of the School of Art Sam Messer has been sending back to campus photographs of sketches he has made while traveling.
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Messer’s postcards from sabbatical

April 5, 2011 • 0
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’

March 29, 2011 • 0
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 »
Sam Messer, associate dean of the School of Art, has teamed with LAND to display works of art created by developmentally disabled adults.
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Sam’s Space shows disabled artists’ work

March 22, 2011 • 0
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 »
Art pieces that were created with unique or unconventional materials pose an extra challenge for art conservators.
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Restoring the unrestorable

February 23, 2011 • 2
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 »
Thomas Philips, senior materials assistant at the Yale University Art Gallery, has been using an array of hi-tech tools to help restore a sixth-century Byzantine mosaic.
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Mosaics inspire innovative technology

February 22, 2011 • 547
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

February 21, 2011 • 0
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 »
The Yale University Art Gallery will lend 100 pieces of art to Dartmouth and Williams colleges for a period of one to three years.
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Art Gallery shares collection, expands research

February 18, 2011 • 0
A portion of the 185,000 pieces in the Yale University Art Gallery’s permanent collection is making its rounds at college campuses around the country. The gallery is in the process of lending nearly 100 pieces to the art museums at Dartmouth and Williams colleges. It is just one of the gallery’s many collaborations with other »