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 Film Screenings

Film Screening, Redoubt (2018; 134 mins., 3 secs.)

At the center of Matthew Barney’s Redoubt project (2016–19) is an eponymous two-hour film (2018; 134 mins., 3 secs.) that traces the story of a wolf hunt, intertwining the theme of the hunt with those of mythology and artistic creation. Redoubt was shot in Idaho’s rugged Sawtooth Mountains and continues Barney’s long-standing preoccupation with landscape as both a setting and subject in his films.

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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Adams & Company, Child’s Plate, Pittsburgh, Pa., 1885–90
Thursday, March 28, 2019, 5:30 pm

Following the genesis of glass collecting in the 19th century, and in the wake of the heyday of classification and publishing in the mid-20th century, the field of American glass is prime for a 21st-century reboot. Kelly Conway, Curator of American glass at the Corning Museum of Glass, New York, introduces key foundational work established by collectors, dealers, scholars, and museums that has defined the field for over a century. Conway also envisions a framework for expanding beyond this traditional approach and reinventing the story of American glass.

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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