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From the Director
More than 2,000 years ago, the philosopher Heraclitus proclaimed, “The only thing that is constant is change,” and nothing could be more true at the Yale University Art Gallery. With over 200,000 objects in our permanent collection, my colleagues are continually rotating works in and out of the galleries and object-study classrooms.
There are more than 4,000 pieces on view here at any given time, but with each visit you’ll see that the works making up that number are always changing. Those favorites that remain on view are often juxtaposed with different works, creating new visual dialogues. Since our 12/12/12 opening, the modern and contemporary art galleries have substantially changed six times, the Asian art gallery has exhibited new works every three months, and the European and ancient art galleries have been reconfigured in exciting ways to accommodate new acquisitions and important loans.
Moving priceless works of art requires good planning and a wealth of expertise. To prepare for a piece to go on view, curators collaborate with conservators to ensure its readiness for display in the galleries; registrars and collections personnel coordinate its movement; graphic designers and editors prepare labels and signage; and exhibitions staff install the work. Then our security, facilities, and visitor services staff ensure the work’s safety in the galleries and help visitors locate it. Multiply this effort by the hundreds of objects that go on view each year, and you get an idea of the work that goes into making these rotations possible.
There is one more set of hands needed to make these changes happen—yours. Key to the ongoing rotation of art is the generosity of donors to the Gallery’s Annual Fund. Your gifts offset expenses related to moving an object from storage to display, such as the costs of transportation, crating, conservation, framing, installation, and staffing. This work can only happen with the support of our Annual Fund donors. Take a moment to think about your favorite work of art at the Gallery. This piece is on view thanks to you. Your response to the Annual Fund makes its installation possible. To make a gift, please visit Giving to Yale and choose “Art Gallery” from the drop down menu.
One exception to constant change at the Gallery is our continual commitment to be free—free admission, free programs, and free membership for all to enjoy.
The Henry J. Heinz II Director
PS: Watch your email for behind-the-scenes looks at your gifts at work.
Gallery staff prepare works of art for display.