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the study of things written in white text on blue background with repeating black jagged-line patterns
Monday, May 1, 2023 - 12:00am to Sunday, October 8, 2023 - 12:00am
The 1962 book “The Shape of Time: Remarks on the History of Things” radically altered how we now think about the history of art. Studying and traveling through Latin America, the author George Kubler (1912–1996) developed a methodology that would expand the scope of art history—moving it away from the study of great works of art and biographies of makers toward a consideration of every intentionally made object. Kubler contested the rigid categorization of objects based solely on temporal and spatial origins, a superficial practice that obscures the true history of how things came to be.
Thursday, March 23, 2023 - 12:00am to Sunday, August 13, 2023 - 12:00am
A touchstone of murder mysteries and historical intrigue, tactical warfare and political coups, poison looms large in our cultural imagination. An invisible agent of death, it might be hiding anywhere, stashed in a secret agent’s suitcase or mixed into a murderous martini. Less glamorously, but even more palpably, it lurks in our everyday lives as well, creeping in through garden plants and exotic pets, household cleaners and rainwater runoff, medicine cabinets and art supplies. Broadly defined as any substance which can cause serious illness or death if introduced into the body (e.g.:
Monday, March 6, 2023 - 12:00am to Sunday, March 3, 2024 - 12:00am
Yale University’s Visual Resources Collection dates to the 1930s and comprises approximately 370,000 slides (both lantern and 35mm) and 187,000 mounted photographs related to global art, architecture, and material culture. The collection was formed in response to curricular needs to support teaching and research in the Arts and Humanities. Yale’s VRC slide library was an independent entity located on High Street until 2008 when it was folded into the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library operations and collections, and physically moved to the Haas Arts Library. The history of this collection
Monday, February 20, 2023 - 12:00am to Sunday, August 13, 2023 - 12:00am
“Empire and Resistance” demonstrates the long, contentious history that links the United States and the seven countries of Central America: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panamá. The exhibition focuses on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, but the objects on display date from the sixteenth to twenty-first centuries, reflecting the shifting contours over time of empire and resistance to empire. The regions of the isthmus were not always known as Central America. After gaining independence from Spain in 1821, they unified as the Federal Republic of
Wednesday, February 1, 2023 - 12:00am to Wednesday, May 31, 2023 - 12:00am
Maker of a Kindly Permanence is an exhibit that celebrates Yale’s Oral History of American Music. Included are objects and recordings from OHAM’s earliest days as well as more recent materials, including contributions from Yale PhD student Ambre Dromgoole whose work studies early Black women gospel musicians. There will be an opening reception on February 2 from 4:00 to 5:30. Curated by Ambre Dromgoole and Libby Van Cleve with Richard Boursy (organizing curator)
Friday, January 27, 2023 - 12:00am to Sunday, July 9, 2023 - 12:00am
Visit the Beinecke Library website for daily hours and other visitor information. This exhibition features books, manuscripts, and visual materials from many different time periods and locations. Some of the materials have been at Yale for decades, others have only recently been added to the collections. What brings these items together? The groupings of materials on view in this exhibition—selected by curators from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, subject specialists in the Area Studies department of Sterling Memorial Library, and Yale undergraduates—act as focused lessons in
Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 4:00pm to Wednesday, May 31, 2023 - 5:00pm
“Lyric Thinking: Poetry in the World” is the 2022–2023 Model Research Collection. It can be viewed through the year on the Courtyard Level of Bass Library. The Model Research Collection is a faculty-curated collection selected and displayed annually to demonstrate to students how a researcher’s process of investigating a particular topic may be expressed through a collection of books and other materials drawn from across Yale Library. “Lyric Thinking” explores how thinking through and with lyric poems takes place across diverse languages, communities, and spaces throughout the historical
Black on orange background image shows arms of the Foundling Hospital at top with Knight Errant of the Distressed in gothic font and Horace Walpole and Eighteenth-Century London in italics below.
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 - 2:00pm to Wednesday, June 28, 2023 - 4:30pm
Was Horace Walpole really a “miser,” as William Hazlitt claimed? This exhibition uses images, manuscripts, artefacts and extracts from publications and correspondence to situate Walpole within the burgeoning philanthropic culture of his age. It reveals Walpole’s secret giving to prisoners and other good causes and examines the principles that underlay his philanthropy. A main aim of the exhibition is to stimulate discussion about philanthropy today. Walpole wrote that “if it ever is justifiable to good sense to act romantically, it is by being the knights errant of the distressed.” The
series of portraits lined up in a glass display
Sunday, August 1, 2021 - 12:00am to Sunday, December 31, 2023 - 12:00am
The portraits featured in this exhibit are drawn from a larger series of photographs by Tanya Marcuse (MFA ’90). This exhibit is part of the university-wide 50 Women at Yale 150 celebration, which aims “to showcase the depth of women’s contributions to Yale and to the world, to celebrate women at the university, and to inspire thoughtful conversation about the future of women at Yale and in the larger society.”
A woman in blue jihad talking to a boy and an open book in front of them
Wednesday, January 2, 2019 - 12:00am to Friday, December 22, 2023 - 12:00am
The Cushing Center, located within the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, is an extensive permanent medical historical exhibition created from the personal papers and collections of Harvey Cushing, father of modern neurosurgery and an 1891 Yale graduate. It includes jars of century-old brain specimens used in his research as well as historical books and manuscripts, reproductions of artwork, and videos.