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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Dada Un-Symposium: A Series of Programs Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Dada

Spring 2016

In 1916 a group of artists from across Europe came together in Zurich and shook the foundations of the art world, questioning established norms and academic traditions, incorporating everyday objects such as newspapers and lightbulbs into their works, invoking the element of chance, and absorbing the imagery of popular culture and mass media. This spring, in conjunction with the exhibition Everything Is Dada, the Gallery presents a Dada Un-Symposium—a series of programs and performances throughout the run of the exhibition that celebrate the centennial of Dada. Drawing on the experimental and provocative spirit of Dada, the series kicked off with a raucous Dada Ball, where visitors embraced Dada’s “anti-art” assault on good taste with experimental poetry, music, and costumes. The Dada Un-Symposium continues all spring with a wide range of programs and performances featuring dancers, musicians, and scholars.

Programs generously sponsored by the Lydia Winston Malbin Fund.

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John Walsh Lecture Series

The Gallery has organized a number of semester-long lecture series in collaboration with John Walsh, B.A. 1961, Director Emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Focused on close-looking and important paintings on view at the Gallery, lectures have ranged from narrative painting to Dutch art, in which Walsh is a specialist. These popular courses, delivered by Walsh and other leading scholars, are free and open to the public. Click below to learn more about all of the past lecture series or to watch videos from the series on the Gallery’s YouTube channel, and be sure to check back this fall for a new series.

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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. To learn more about our programs, use the link below to visit our Calendar page or download the printer-friendly version of our calendar.

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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. Online recordings and presentations of Yale University Art Gallery programs are generously supported by the Spirit of Elihu Yale Fund, given by the Benjamin Zucker, Class of 1962, Education Fund.

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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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