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.

Exhibition Programming

Christopher Townsend, cabinetmaker, and Samuel Casey, silversmith, Desk and Bookcase, Newport, 1745–50. Mahogany (primary); sabicu(?) and mahogany (secondary); silver hardware. Private collection

Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830

To celebrate the monumental exhibition Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, the Gallery is offering programs that gather scholars, musicians, and arts practitioners to explore the furniture of the period and to take a close look at the role of Rhode Island artists in early America. Highlights include the Oswaldo Rodriguez Roque Memorial Lecture on Thursday, September 15, followed on September 16 by a symposium featuring lectures by leading scholars in the field, as well as a performance on Thursday, October 13, by the Yale Collegium Musicum, directed by Grant Herreid, Lecturer in the Music Department at Yale University. For a full list of the programs celebrating Art and Industry in Early America, use the link below. Please note that space is strictly limited for all in-gallery programs.

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Albert Bierstadt, Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point Trail, ca. 1873. Oil on canvas. Gift of Mrs. Vincenzo Ardenghi

Yosemite: Exploring The Incomparable Valley

Commemorating the 150th anniversary of Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History and the 100th anniversary of the creation of America’s National Park Service, Yosemite: Exploring the Incomparable Valley considers one of the country’s most celebrated natural landmarks. Join the Gallery during the run of the show for programming that explores the ways in which Americans have found inspiration in the western landscape and have sought to understand its marvels—through paintings, prints, and photographs as well as botanical and geological specimens. To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, join us on Thursday, October 6, at 5:30 pm, for “Yale at Yosemite: A Conversation across University Collections,” with Mark D. Mitchell, the Holcombe T. Green Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture and the curator of the exhibition, and David S. Kelly, Director of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History and the Frank R. Oastler Professor of Ecology at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Mitchell and Skelly discuss the role that Yale played in the early exploration of the awe-inspiring landscape of the American West. Additional programs include exhibition tours, gallery talks, and a Gallery+ with student musicians. For more information, visit the website calendar.

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Recent Lecture Series

Walsh discusses Portrait of Aeltje Uylenburgh (1632), from the collection of Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo

Rembrandt Today: Six Lectures by John Walsh

No Dutch artist produced a larger number of important works than Rembrandt van Rijn, and none has provoked more debate among art historians. In a series of six lectures in fall 2016, John Walsh, B.A. 1961, Director Emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Museum, in Los Angeles, presented an overview of Rembrandt’s career. Each lecture explored a single picture, first focusing on its details, then on its context. The series was prompted by the yearlong loan by Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo of Rembrandt’s Portrait of Aeltje Uylenburgh. Missed the lectures? A playlist of the full series is available on the Gallery’s YouTube channel.

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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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