More art than can be seen in a few short hours! The Yale University Art Gallery completed a major renovation in December 2012. The result is a beautiful and expansive gallery. We spent three hours there and probably saw only a third of the collections. I was especially impressed with the collection of artist John Trumbull, the American Revolutionary War artist.
The mission of the Yale University Art Gallery is to encourage appreciation and understanding of art and its role in society through direct engagement with original works of art. The Gallery stimulates active learning about art and the creative process through research, teaching, and dialogue among communities of Yale students, faculty, artists, scholars, alumni, and the wider public. The Gallery organizes exhibitions and educational programs to offer enjoyment and encourage inquiry, while building and maintaining its collections in trust for future generations.
I love to peel off in the afternoon of a busy day and head across the Green, up the north (sunny) side of Chapel Street to the Gallery. I inevitably head to the Impressionist works. I find them serene and soothing—not the usual feelings I have during the course of the day. And as often as not I observe on my way out the Gallery instructors working with New Haven school kids seated with their backs to me before some work of art. I love to listen to the back and forth—the questioning and the answers that prompt more questions. And then I recall how loud the Gallery can be.
I can’t believe it took me so long to visit. It’s massive and so beautiful, inside and out. There are also small benches and nooks to rest surrounded by enchanting art. Will be spending many more afternoons here. Must see if you’re in New Haven.
I was impressed by the breadth and depth of the exhibits. There was something for the entire family to enjoy. We could have easily spent all day in the museum.
The Gallery has long had much to do with why so many of us love the University, and why we urge friends and others who may have little or no connection to Yale to go to see it for themselves. And never has there been a greater reason than now. As displayed in the glorious spaces of the new Gallery, the magnificence and power of the collection are greater than ever before, and the Gallery itself can be rightly declared a national treasure.
This place is a local treasure.
Remarkable. Easily the finest university art collection I’ve ever seen. Comparable to a Smithsonian, featuring exquisite European and early American offerings. A must see if you’re in New Haven.