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FEBRUARY 1, 2021


Reinstallation of African Art Galleries Now Complete

We are excited to announce the completion of a yearlong reinstallation of a portion of our African art galleries. Breaking from a thematic arrangement of objects, the new displays now focus in on distinct African cultural zones, highlighting masterpieces from the collection by some of the continent’s most celebrated artists, alongside new acquisitions and rarely shown works of art in a variety of different media.
View of African art galleries
This view (above) highlights our display dedicated to the Christian art of Ethiopia and reflects the variety and dynamism of this tradition. Processional crosses dating from the 13th to the 19th centuries are presented beneath The Queen of Sheba with King Solomon and Tribute Bearers, a mid-twentieth century painting produced by artists in a collaborative workshop. The painting was recently conserved and is on view for the first time since it was donated in 2005 by Nina M. Griggs in memory of N. Lee Griggs, Jr., B.A. 1951.
View of Africa art gallery
View of African art gallery


February at the Gallery

This month, join us online for family programming, teacher training, in-depth discussions about artworks, mindful movement, and a new series featuring our undergraduate Gallery Guides.
Visit our calendar for a complete list of upcoming events and more information about those listed below. Registration is required for all live events. Closed captions will be available in English.


Mindful Movement with Art 

Thursday, February 4, 12:30 pm EST
Join us for a live virtual session featuring mindful movement inspired by the Gallery’s collection. Explore the world of an artwork by engaging your body, senses, and imagination. Learn more.



Teacher Leadership Program 

Thursday, February 4, 4:00 pm EST
This one-hour program invites educators to explore innovative ways to connect their curricula and the Gallery’s collection. Sessions also address ways to teach online and engage students with remote art learning. Learn more.


Looking at Art with Gallery Guides

Thursday, February 18, 4:00 pm EST
Join undergraduate Gallery Guides Conor Downey, BR ’22, and Brianna Wu, MC ’22, in conversation as they bring different perspectives to Alberto Giacometti’s Mains tenant le vide (Hands Holding the Void). Learn more.


Looking at Art with Gallery Guides

Wednesday, February 24, 12:30 pm EST
Join undergraduate Gallery Guides Madeleine Freeman, BF ’21, and Anna Smist, BR ’21, in conversation as they bring different perspectives to Gift Basket by a once-known Pomo artist. Learn more.


The Layered Edge: A Survey of Plywood Furniture  

Friday, February 26, 12:30 pm EST
Join Kevin Adkisson and Alexandra Ward for this talk exploring how technological advances and creative engineering enabled designers to work with plywood, making it a sophisticated staple of modern design. Learn more.


Now Available Online Anytime


The Cat and the Mice (La gata y los ratones)
In this month's program, listen to a story about a cat and a group of mice who try to live together. Watch now in English and Spanish.
Edward Hopper, By the Sea


In this short video, Rachel Thompson, the John Walsh Fellow in Museum Education, addresses Edward Hopper’s Rooms by the Sea (1951).

View of Art, Artifact, Artiface


In this short video, Carla Decombes, MY ’23, addresses Ruth Asawa’s Untitled (S.578, Hanging Single-Lobed, Five-Layered Continuous Form within a Form) (ca. 1975).


Meet Courtney Skipton Long, Associate Director for Membership Programs

Photo of Courtney Long
We are pleased to introduce Courtney Skipton Long, our new Associate Director for Membership Programs, who will lead the Gallery’s efforts to implement new member-focused programs, events, and benefits. Collaborating with colleagues across the Gallery, Courtney will work to strengthen our membership programs, forge new community connections, and advance the Gallery’s mission through public engagement. Feel free to drop Courtney a note of hello.
The Yale University Art Gallery is currently closed until further notice. The Gallery is working in close collaboration with Yale University leadership to safeguard against the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff. Please continue to check our website for updated information.
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Images:  Three views of the newly installed African art galleries, Yale University Art Gallery | Students in Professor Eryn Rosenthal’s course "Making Performance on Socio-Political Questions" participate in a movement activity during their class visit in the American paintings and sculpture galleries, Yale University Art Gallery, 2019 | Jessica Sack, the Jan and Frederick Mayer Senior Associate Curator of Public Education, training Gallery Teachers in the European art galleries, Yale University Art Gallery, 2019 | View of the modern and contemporary art galleries, Yale University Art Gallery | View of the exhibition Place, Nations, Generations, Beings: 200 Years of Indigenous North American Art, Yale University Art Gallery | Charles Eames and Ray Eames, Preproduction DCW (Dining Chair Wood), 1945–46. Birch plywood, rubber, steel, and resin. Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of Randall Garrett, B.A. 1972, M.A. 1975 | Wenceslaus Hollar, The Cat and the Mice (detail), from the series Aesop’s Fables, 1665. Etching. Yale University Art Gallery | Edward Hopper, Rooms by the Sea, 1951. Oil on canvas. Yale University Art Gallery, Bequest of Stephen Carlton Clark, B.A. 1903 | View of the exhibition James Prosek: Art, Artifact, Artifice, Yale University Art Gallery | Courtney Skipton Long, Associate Director for Membership Programs, Yale University Art Gallery