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Lectures and Talks
Lectures, panel discussions, artist talks, master classes, and other events provide thought-provoking perspectives on art in the Gallery’s collections and exhibitions.
The Gallery offers a variety of lectures, panel discussions, and talks that place our collection and exhibitions in the broader context of history and culture. Speakers include curators, scholars, artists, critics, writers, and others engaged with the world of art and ideas. Programs range from lectures for a general audience to symposia with a scholarly focus. Concerts, film screenings, dramatic performances, and literary readings connect the art on view at the Gallery with other forms of expression. Master classes provide an opportunity to explore works of art in an intimate classroom setting with a curator, educator, or guest scholar. Please check our online calendar for a full listing of lectures and other events.View Upcoming Talks
Fall 2015–Spring 2016 Lecture Series
Views on Dutch Painting of the Golden Age
In fall 2015, the second year of a three-year loan of Dutch paintings from the superb collection of Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo brought seventeen new pictures to the Gallery, in addition to seventeen that remain on view from the first installation. They suggest many topics for exploration, such as what the clothes and manners of the people in paintings say about them; the glories of their gardens and what painters intended by picturing them; the importation of expensive rarities like lemons and what it says about Dutch society; and more. In this lecture series, presented from September 2015 through March 2016, nine leading scholars in the field of Dutch art speak about these and other subjects. Three lectures are given by John Walsh, B.A. 1961, Director Emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, and a specialist in Dutch paintings, who delivered the lecture series A History of Dutch Painting in Six Pictures in January and February of 2015. Generously sponsored by the Martin A. Ryerson Fund.
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Spring 2015 Lecture Series
A History of Dutch Painting in Six Pictures
In spring 2015 John Walsh, Director Emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and a specialist in Dutch paintings, offered a series of six lectures that explored the art of the Dutch Republic during its extraordinary flowering in the 17th century. By focusing on a single work each week and examining its artistic, intellectual, and political contexts, the audience became familiar with six great paintings and the artists who made them. Three of the works were on view at the Gallery and the others are in Dutch museums. Walsh examined the artists’ intentions, the role of competition in the art market, and the development of styles. The lecture series was free and open to the public, and it coincided with the loan of thirty important Dutch and Flemish paintings to the Gallery from the collection of Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo.
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Fall 2013 Lecture Series
Let This Be a Lesson: Heroes, Heroines, and Narrative in Paintings at Yale
In fall 2013 John Walsh, Director Emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, presented a popular semester-long public lecture series that took a close look at eleven important paintings from Yale’s art museums that represent scenes from history, myth, scripture, or literature. The lectures traced the tradition of “history painting”—the category to which all of these works belong—from the Renaissance on through its rise to official dominance, its fall from privilege in the eras of Realism in the 19th century and abstract art in the 20th, and its reappearances in the 21st.
Nearly 3,500 visitors attended the lectures, and the online videos were watched over 40,000 times. Click below to learn more or to watch the lecture videos.