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.

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Andrew Carnduff Ritchie Lecture:
A Conversation with Mike Leigh

Thursday, June 18, 5:30 pm

In this Ritchie Lecture, Director Mike Leigh discusses his most recent film, Mr. Turner (2014), an examination of the last 25 years of the life of the British painter Joseph Mallord William Turner. The film presents a critical portrait of Turner’s artistic process, creative community, and daily life. Leigh is joined by Jacqueline Riding, art historian and consultant on the film, in a conversation moderated by Tim Barringer, the Paul Mellon Professor, History of Art, Yale University. On Wednesday and Thursday, June 17 and 18, Mr. Turner will be screened at the Whitney Humanities Center at 7:30 pm. The screening and conversation are presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Critique of Reason: Romantic Art, 1760–1860, co-organized by the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art, as part of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas. Generously sponsored by the Andrew Carnduff Ritchie Fund. Film screenings co-sponsored by the Andrew Carnduff Ritchie Fund; Yale University Art Gallery; Yale Center for British Art; Yale Film Study Center, courtesy of Paul L. Joskow; Films at the Whitney; and Whitney Humanities Center.

Upcoming Programs

Programs this season feature gallery talks, lectures, artist talks, film screenings, and much more. The Gallery has also planned a robust array of events in conjunction with its current exhibitions.

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Past Programs

Lectures, panel discussions, artist talks, master classes, and other events provide thought-provoking perspectives on art in the Gallery’s collections and exhibitions. Conferences and symposia provide opportunities for in-depth exploration of topics and ideas related to the Gallery’s collection and special exhibitions. Related materials are archived and available for download at the links below.

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In addition, videos of many past programs are now available on the Gallery’s YouTube channel. Highlights include John Walsh’s successful “Let This Be a Lesson” series, an artist talk with Zanele Muholi, and a lecture on American jazz by renowned professor and scholar Willie Ruff.

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Programs Advisory Committee

The Gallery’s new Programs Advisory Committee offers Yale students the chance to inform the content and focus 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. Selected students meet as a group on a weekly basis and regularly attend Gallery, University, and community programs. Considering accessibility and relevance, the committee helps develop and implement, as well as document and communicate, Gallery programs.

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Meet the Curator

Molleen Theodore

Molleen Theodore, the newly appointed Assistant 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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