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.

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Gallery Talks

Engage directly with works of art through talks led by Gallery staff, artists, scholars, and specialists. These 45-minute programs focus on specific themes in the Gallery’s collection or on special exhibitions. Collectively, Gallery Talks offer a range of perspectives on the meanings and relevance of works on view.

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Recent Lecture Series

Adam Pijnacker, Mediterranean Harbor (detail), ca. 1650. Oil on panel. Lent by the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection

The Dutch Abroad and What They Brought Back

This spring, the Gallery presented a new lecture series in collaboration with John Walsh, Director Emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Walsh and other scholars presented six lectures that explored aspects of cultural exchange that were made possible by worldwide Dutch commerce.

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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, LL.B. 1950, leads the Gallery’s 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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