Lectures, performances, panel discussions, artist talks, readings, film screenings, and other events provide thought-provoking perspectives on art from the museum’s collection and exhibitions. Gallery talks and tours—offered on a wide range of artists, cultures, and time periods—are a great way to learn by looking at original works of art. Visit our online calendar for dates and times of upcoming programs or browse our featured programs below.

Note from the Curator

From Grace Notes: Reflections for Now. © William Struhs

Grace Notes: Reflections for Now is co-sponsored by the following: Office of the President; Andrew Carnduff Ritchie Fund; Yale Center for British Art; Yale University Art Gallery; Yale Repertory Theater/No Boundaries; Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration; Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library; Yale Institute of Sacred Music; Afro-American Culture Center; Alumni Diversity and Inclusion Task Force; Department of African American Studies; Department of History of Art; Initiative for Race, Gender and Globalization; Intercultural Affairs Council; Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale; Office of the Associate Dean for the Arts in Yale College; Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life; Yale Alumni Arts League; Yale Black Alumni Association; Yale Chaplain’s Office; Yale College Dean’s Office; Yale Divinity School; and Yale School of Music. It was commissioned by Spoleto Festival USA and premiered at the College of Charleston Sottile Theatre in June 2016.

Grace Notes: Reflections for Now

Friday and Saturday, September 9–10, 8:00 pm
University Theatre, 222 York Street
Tickets required; please see below.

Acclaimed photographer and video artist Carrie Mae Weems presents a powerful and provocative new work—rooted in poetry and her stunning projections and featuring music, song, and the spoken word—that examines themes of social justice, race, and identity. Weems, a 2013 MacArthur Fellow and the first African American woman to have a major career retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim in New York (2014), has spent a lifetime reflecting on these issues and addresses them with a force and clarity unmatched in contemporary art. Grace Notes: Reflections for Now, originally conceived as a response to President Barack Obama’s singing of “Amazing Grace” during his eulogy for Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church victim Reverend Clementa Pinckney, brings together a cast of extraordinary artists from different disciplines, including composer/musician Craig Harris, composer James Newton, poet Aja Monet, writer and theater artist Carl Hancock Rux, dancer Francesca Harper, and singers Alicia Hall Moran, Imani Uzuri, and Eisa Davis. In the current climate of civic and political unrest, Weems asks and explores complicated questions about the meaning of grace and its role in the pursuit of democracy.

Tickets are required and are available for purchase at yalerep.org or 203.432.1234.

Molleen Theodore

Associate Curator of Programs

Upcoming Symposium

Christopher Townsend and Samuel Casey, Desk and Bookcase, Newport, R.I., 1745–50. Mahogany and sabicu(?), with silver hardware. Private collection

Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830

Thursday–Friday, September 15–16, 2016

Rhode Island was the center of a dynamic and active cabinetmaking trade during the colonial and Federal periods, and its makers produced some of the most iconic pieces of American furniture ever created. Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, the first major survey of early Rhode Island furniture in half a century, gathers more than one hundred examples of their work. On display are some of the masterpieces of American furniture—many from the two great centers of Rhode Island furniture making, Newport and Providence. These are presented alongside objects made in smaller towns, such as Warren and Coventry, illuminating how their makers interpreted the styles of the more populous centers. The 2016 Oswaldo Rodriguez Roque Memorial Lecture and Symposium is being presented in conjunction with the exhibition.

The Oswaldo Rodriguez Roque Lecture on Thursday evening is open to the public; space is limited. Registration is required for the symposium on Friday; there is no registration fee.

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Programs Advisory Committee

The Gallery’s new Programs Advisory Committee offers Yale students the chance to inform the content, focus, accessibility, and relevance of Gallery programs—from lectures and talks to performances and film screenings. Working closely with the Programs Department, the committee considers the Gallery’s University and local communities and how those audiences engage with the collection.

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Meet the Curator

Molleen Theodore

Molleen Theodore, the Associate Curator of Programs, a position generously funded by Jane and Gerald Katcher, is developing the Gallery’s new Programs Department, conceptualizing and overseeing programs that build on the current roster and envision new offerings to suit the expanded and renovated museum. She collaborates across the museum, the University, and the community, developing partnerships across disciplines, to foster programs that enhance and broaden visitor engagement with the works of art at the Yale University Art Gallery. In addition, Molleen has supervised students in curating exhibitions, including Many Things Placed Here and There: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery and Jazz Lives: The Photographs of Lee Friedlander and Milt Hinton. She has served as a critic at the Yale School of Art and a lecturer in the Department of the History of Art at Yale. Molleen holds a PH.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center with a focus on the art of the 1960s and 1970s.


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