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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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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 Associate Curator of Programs, a position generously funded by Jane and Gerald Katcher, LL.B. 1950, leads the Gallery’s 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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