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.

Featured Program

Views on Dutch Painting of the Golden Age

Fridays, September 25; October 2, 9, and 16, 1:30 pm
Thursdays, October 8 and 15, 5:30 pm
Thursday, February 18, 5:30 pm
Fridays, February 19 and 26; March 4 and 11, 1:30 pm

Painters in the Dutch Republic in the 17th century pushed the possibilities of art far beyond previous limits. They observed the visible world closely and mastered techniques for representing it. They found new meanings in old stories—mythical, historical, and biblical—and staged and restaged scenes from the everyday human comedy. In this lecture series, presented in conjunction with an installation of paintings from the superb collection of Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo and taking place from September 2015 through March 2016, nine leading scholars in the field of Dutch art speak about these and other subjects.

Click below to learn more or to watch the lecture videos.

Learn More

Featured Program

Refuse the Hour is a complex, multimedia chamber opera that explores concepts of time. Kentridge developed the opera in collaboration with the physicist and scientific historian Peter Galison. The work features music by composer Philip Miller, choreography by Dada Masilo, and video by Catherine Meyburgh. Photo: John Hodgkiss

William Kentridge at Yale

Performance: Refuse the Hour

Friday, November 6, 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 7, 2:00 pm
University Theatre, 222 York Street
Tickets required; please see below.

Andrew Carnduff Ritchie Lecture

Sunday, November 8, 3:00 pm
Yale University Art Gallery, Robert L. McNeil, Jr., Lecture Hall

This fall, the Gallery is pleased to present a series of programs surrounding the work of renowned South African multimedia artist William Kentridge. A special installation at the Gallery, on view from September 2015 to January 2016 and featuring two video works and a selection of prints by the artist, showcases his masterful approach to exploring themes such as violence, fear, the relationship between text and image, and the legacies of art, literature, and science. In November, Yale Repertory Theatre’s No Boundaries performance series presents two showings of Kentridge’s new work Refuse the Hour; question-and-answer sessions follow both performances. This program is cosponsored by the Andrew Carnduff Ritchie Fund, Yale Center for British Art, Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Yale Repertory Theatre, Yale School of Music, and Yale University Art Gallery.

On Sunday, November 8, the artist delivers a special talk as part of the Gallery’s Andrew Carnduff Ritchie Lecture series.

Tickets are required for the viewings of Refuse the Hour on November 6–7 and are available for purchase beginning on August 31, 2015, at or 203.432.1234.

Featured Program

Installation view of The Ceramic Presence in Modern Art: Selections from the Linda Leonard Schlenger Collection and the Yale University Art Gallery

Ceramic Presence: Conversations on Making, Looking, and the Museum

November 12–13, 2015

This two-day symposium gathers artists, curators, collectors, and others for a series of conversations about the role of ceramics within the wider realm of art in the late twentieth century. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Ceramic Presence in Modern Art: Selections from the Linda Leonard Schlenger Collection and the Yale University Art Gallery.

Learn More and Register

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.

Download Calendar PDF

See All Upcoming Programs

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.

Learn More about Past Lectures and Talks

Learn More about Past Conferences and Symposia

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.

View the Gallery’s YouTube Channel

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.

Learn More and Apply

Meet the Curator

Molleen Theodore

Molleen Theodore, the 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.

Download CV

Continue Exploring

Artists, New Releases
Collection Objects
European Art, Paintings
Collection Catalogues, New Releases
Collection Objects
Ancient Art, Paintings
Exhibition Catalogues