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Director’s Letter

As we enter the fall season, my colleagues and I are especially happy that the Gallery is open once again so that visitors can engage with our encyclopedic collection.

We have expanded our hours to the public on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and offer designated hours for members of the Yale University community on weekdays. If you have not yet had the opportunity to visit, I hope you will come by and spend time with some of your favorite artworks. You will also find new exhibitions and installations to delight you.

2019 marked the 50th anniversary of coeducation at Yale College and the 150th anniversary of the first women students at the University, who came to study at the Yale School of the Fine Arts (now the Yale School of Art) upon its opening in 1869. On the Basis of Art: 150 Years of Women at Yale celebrates the enormous creative contributions of women artists who are Yale graduates and features work drawn entirely from our collection by nearly 80 artists.

Women artists active in the early to mid-20th century are also represented in a new installation in the Sharon and Thurston Twigg-Smith Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, with works by Dora Bromberger, Katherine S. Dreier, and Milly Steger from our renowned Société Anonyme Collection. This collection originated in 1920, with the founding of an experimental arts organization by Dreier, Marcel Duchamp, and Man Ray, and was given to the Gallery in 1941. It is the focus of the 2020–21 Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin, which marks the centennial of the Société Anonyme.

We are deeply grateful for the strong support you have provided during this very challenging period and look forward to seeing you in the galleries.

Stephanie Wiles

The Henry J. Heinz II Director

Stephanie Wiles, the Henry J.
Heinz II Director