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

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.

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Featured Program

Man Ray, Manikins and Grate, ca. 1923–24. Rayograph. Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of the Estate of Katherine S. Dreier

Dada Ball

February 25, 2016, 5:30 pm

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. Join us on February 25 for a Dada Ball, where visitors can celebrate the centennial of Dada—and embrace its “anti-art” assault on good taste—with poetry, music, and refreshments. Dada-inspired costumes are encouraged. The ball is held in conjunction with the exhibition Everything Is Dada, on view from February 12 through July 3. Drawing on the experimental and provocative spirit of Dada, a series of programs and performances throughout the run of the exhibition feature dance, music, and film.

Programs generously sponsored by the Lydia Winston Malbin Fund.

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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 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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