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.

Upcoming Lectures

Vincent van Gogh, Le café de nuit (The Night Café), 1888

Vincent van Gogh’s Turning Points: Six Lectures by John Walsh

October 5 and 12, 2018, and April 5, 12, 18, and 26, 2019

Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), the most famous European artist of the 19th century, created a body of work and lived a life that fascinate audiences everywhere. This was an artist who responded to his subjects strongly, sometimes rapturously, and found the means to translate those responses onto paper and canvas. In six lectures, John Walsh, B.A. 1961, Director Emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, and Visiting Professor in the Department of the History of Art, examines the ways van Gogh’s interests and abilities developed during his short but brilliant 10-year career: how he created a visual language to achieve the effects he wanted, how his intentions changed over the course of a decade, and how encounters with other artists, relocations, and spiritual crises turned him in new directions.

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Titus Kaphar, Another Fight for Remembrance, 2015
Friday, February 22, 2019, 1:30 pm

Join Sandra Jackson-Dumont, the Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chairman of Education at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, as she explores the role that museums and galleries can play in fostering the dynamic exchange of ideas. In her uncanny presentation style, Jackson-Dumont speaks to the importance of relevance, intellectual agility, collaboration, and depth of knowledge when attempting to make meaning with and for youth.

Generously sponsored by the John Walsh Lecture and Education Fund and the Martin A. Ryerson Lectureship Fund.

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 curator, the committee considers the Gallery’s University and local communities and how those audiences engage with the collection.

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