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

Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #1261. Graphite. Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of The LeWitt Collection, Chester, Conn.

International Festival of Arts & Ideas

June 10–25, 2016

This June, the Gallery is proud to serve as a primary venue for the International Festival of Arts & Ideas. The rich Arts & Ideas offerings taking place at the Gallery include lectures and conversations focused on contemporary themes in the humanities and social sciences, including youth activism, refugees, urban tech, food science, identity politics, and more.

In conjunction with the festival, the Gallery also premieres a focused series, “One Curator, One Work,” highlighting individual works of art in the museum’s collection and special exhibitions. In each session, a Gallery staff member presents an in-depth discussion of a single object on view, introducing new perspectives on its meaning and relevance.

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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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