Student-Curated Exhibitions

Student-curated exhibitions provide opportunities for students to engage with the Gallery’s collection and to see how the Gallery works behind the scenes.

Since 2006, the Gallery has presented several major student-curated exhibitions. Installed in prime gallery space and frequently accompanied by a catalogue, each of these has been organized by a group of undergraduate and graduate students from various disciplines, and each has revealed new thinking about practical training and the presentation of the collection. Student curators spend a year or more planning an exhibition. They determine the theme or approach to the material, select the objects, write interpretive texts, plan the installation design, and organize public programs. The students involved in these projects engage deeply with the Gallery’s collections and have the opportunity to experience the many aspects of curatorial work.

Current Student-Curated Exhibition

Hobbs, Brockunier & Co., Vase, Wheeling, W.Va., 1886–87
March 29, 2019September 29, 2019
Featuring more than 100 objects drawn from the Yale University Art Gallery’s collection with select loans from the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, A Nation Reflected: Stories in American Glass explores the myriad ways in which glass expresses the cultural, technological, and artistic aspirations of those who live and work in the United States.

Past Student-Curated Exhibitions

Le Goût du Prince: Art and Prestige in Sixteenth-Century France

May 20–August 28, 2016

The French Renaissance blossomed during the reign of King Francis I (r. 1515–47), known as the “prince of arts and letters.” Inspired by the opulence of Italian High Renaissance art, Francis attracted …

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Odd Volumes: Book Art from the Allan Chasanoff Collection

November 7, 2014–February 1, 2015

This student-curated show presents a selection of innovative creations realized in the medium of book arts, all drawn from a major collection of nearly 350 works of art recently gifted to the Gallery …

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Contemporary Art/South Africa

May 9–September 14, 2014

Contemporary Art/South Africa features more than 30 artworks produced in South Africa or by South Africans from the late 1960s to the present, a period of immense political and social …

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Jazz Lives: The Photographs of Lee Friedlander and Milt Hinton

April 4–September 7, 2014

This exhibition brings together Lee Friedlander’s and Milt Hinton’s extraordinary images that capture the people, spirit, and history of jazz. Friedlander’s photographs of New Orleans musicians were made …

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Many Things Placed Here and There: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery

August 23, 2013–March 2, 2014

Over the course of the 2012–13 academic year, four undergraduate and two graduate students curated an exhibition based on a gift of 50 works received from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection …

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Embodied: Black Identities in American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery

February 18–June 26, 2011

A collaboration among a team of students from Yale and the University of Maryland, College Park, this exhibition features works that address, question, and complicate the paradigms that have mapped meanings onto African …

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Everyday Monuments: The Photographs of Jerome Liebling

May 23–September 7, 2008

This monographic exhibition features approximately 50 photographs by American artist Jerome Liebling (1924–2011). Active since the 1940s, Liebling has explored a variety of photographic themes including …

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From Any Angle: Photographs from the Collection of Doris Bry

May 23–September 7, 2008

This exhibition celebrates the remarkable collection of over 200 photographs brought together by Doris Bry and currently on loan to the Yale University Art Gallery. A noted scholar of eminent American photographer …

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What Is a Line? Drawings from the Collection

May 1–July 22, 2007

Featuring modern and contemporary drawings from the Yale University Art Gallery’s collection, this exhibition examines the different ways that artists have defined, challenged, and reflected upon the role of the …

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Responding to Kahn: A Sculptural Conversation

December 10, 2006–July 8, 2007

Yale students celebrate the reopening of the Yale University Art Gallery’s main building, designed in 1953 by American architect Louis Kahn (1901–1974) and restored in 2004–6, with this special exhibition of …

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