Study Break / Portraits of Black Life in the Exhibition and the Archive

Unknown artist, Portrait of a Seated Young Lady Holding a Nine-String Banjo, ca. 1860–65. Ambrotype. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, Randolph Linsly Simpson African-American Collection. Photo courtesy Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Take a break at the Yale University Art Gallery and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Begin your respite at the Gallery, where you are invited to enjoy treats in the lobby and to visit Mickalene Thomas / Portrait of an Unlikely Space, with an introduction offered by Keely Orgeman, the cocurator of the exhibition. Featuring 30 small-scale, early American portraits of Black women, men, and children, the show includes several works borrowed from the Beinecke, such as a selection of early photographs from the Randolph Linsly Simpson African-American Collection and a frontispiece engraving of Phillis Wheatley in her 1773 book of poetry. In the second part of the break, continue the close-looking experience at the Beinecke with a guided viewing of historical materials related to Black Americans—from family recipes and scrapbooks to an autographed copy of Wheatley’s book, among many other treasured items. 

Attendees are welcome to join either or both sessions of the Study Break.

1:00–2:45 pm (Gallery)
3:00–4:30 pm (Beinecke)

Cosponsored by the Yale University Art Gallery and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.