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The Gallery offers a wide variety of programs and teaching resources designed to help Yale and community audiences engage with the museum’s diverse collection and special exhibitions. Visitors of all ages will find opportunities to learn about, enjoy, and be inspired by art and artists of the past and present.

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Expanding a Shared Vision: The Art Museum and the University

May 8–10, 2014

Join leaders from across the college and university art museum field from May 8 to 10, 2014, for a focused consideration of the curatorial contribution, educational potential, and changing audiences of campus museums. Conference attendees will have ample time to socialize and network, tour the expanded Yale University Art Gallery, visit the Yale Center for British Art, and enjoy the city of New Haven. Registration is now open.

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Meet the Staff

Pamela Franks

Pamela Franks is Deputy Director for Exhibitions, Programming, and Education and the interim Seymour H. Knox, Jr., Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Franks has directed student curators in the creation of five major exhibitions, most recently Embodied: Black Identities in American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery (2011), and she is actively engaged in developing the Gallery’s visiting-artist programs. She is the project director for the Gallery’s College and University Art Museum Collection-Sharing Initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Franks holds a PH.D. in the History of Art from the University of Texas at Austin with a specialization in modern and contemporary art and is a 2008 graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute.

Kate Ezra

As the Nolen Curator of Education and Academic Affairs, Kate Ezra develops programs and collaborations across the University to foster teaching and learning from the Gallery’s collection. Before coming to the Gallery, she taught art history at Columbia College in Chicago for 14 years. Prior to that she was curator of African art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where she organized several major exhibitions of African art and wrote the accompanying exhibition catalogues, including Royal Art of Benin: The Perls Collection (1992), Art of the Dogon: Selections from the Lester Wunderman Collection (1988), and A Human Ideal in African Art: Bamana Figurative Sculpture (1986). Ezra received her PH.D. in Art History with a specialization in African art from Northwestern University.

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Jessica Sack

Jessica Sack, the Jan and Frederick Mayer Senior Associate Curator of Public Education, leads the development of the Gallery’s family programs and teaching resources for K–12 teachers and students. Prior to coming to Yale, she was the senior museum educator and coordinator of teacher services at the Brooklyn Museum. She is the author of teacher resource publications such as Picturing a Nation: Teaching with American Art and Material Culture. Jessica received an M.PHIL. in Ethnology and Museum Ethnography from Oxford University and an M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University.

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David Odo

David Odo, the Bradley Assistant Curator of Academic Affairs, develops interdisciplinary Yale course collaborations to promote teaching and learning from the Gallery’s collection. He received his D.PHIL. and M.PHIL. from the University of Oxford and his B.A. from Columbia University. He has held fellowships at the University of Tokyo, the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries, the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, and Harvard University, where he previously taught in the anthropology department. His main teaching and research interests are the anthropology of art, early photography, and critical museology. His publications include A Good Type: Tourism and Science in Early Japanese Photographs (forthcoming), “Expeditionary Photographs of the Ogasawara Islands, 1875–76” in the History of Photography (2009), and Unknown Japan: Reconsidering Nineteenth-Century Photographs (2008).

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Elizabeth Manekin

In her role as Museum Educator, Elizabeth Manekin teaches a range of audiences in the Gallery. She directs several Yale student projects and programs, including the Gallery Guides and the Gallery+ collaboration series, and works extensively with Connecticut schools, conducting teacher workshops, training Gallery teaching staff, and teaching K–12 students in the Gallery space. Prior to her arrival at Yale, Elizabeth worked in the education departments of the Harvard Art Museums and the Addison Gallery of American Art. She holds an M.A. in Public Humanities from Brown University.


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