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Graphic design showing a gray circle set in the middle of rectangle that has rainbow gradations of color. Words are lightly printed on the gray circle  reading 1er cercle chromatic de M. Chevreulr les couleurs franches." Diagonal white lines radiate out from the perimeter of the circle across the colored field.
Monday, November 7, 2022 - 12:00am to Sunday, April 23, 2023 - 12:00am
Please join us for a Curators’ Talk on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 4:30–6 pm in the Wall Street Exhibition Corridor of Sterling Memorial Library with student curators Liam Hannigan ’25, Jennifer Le ’25, and Whitney Toutenhoofd ’25. This exhibition draws on a course offered in Yale’s Department of the History of Art in fall 2021, which explored color in various disciplines and applications. Two questions emerged: What is color? Is color just color? The exhibition’s title—contrasting “matters of color” with “color matters”—distinguishes the technical from the conceptual. The section “Matters of Color”
Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 12:00am to Wednesday, February 1, 2023 - 12:00am
In 2022, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ellington Fellowship, which has brought world-class jazz musicians to Yale and New Haven since 1972. The Ellington Fellowship is a brainchild of Willie Ruff, the legendary horn player, bass player, teacher, author, and impresario. A Yale alumnus (B.M. ’53, M.M. ’54), Ruff joined the faculty of the Yale School of Music in 1971. He saw that the university needed to recognize the importance of the African-American jazz tradition, and he had the imagination, connections, charisma, and fund-raising prowess to make it happen on a grand scale. In
Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 4:00pm to Wednesday, May 31, 2023 - 5:00pm
Lyric Thinking, the 2022–2023 Model Research Collection at Bass Library, explores how thinking through and with lyric poems takes place across diverse languages, communities, and spaces throughout the historical record. The Model Research Collection is a curated collection housed on the Courtyard Level of Bass Library. It is meant to show the breadth and depth of the collections of Yale’s libraries through the lens of one researcher’s experience in exploring their area of inquiry. In turn, it allows novice researchers a glimpse into the collections and research process at Yale.
Wednesday, August 24, 2022 - 9:00am to Friday, January 20, 2023 - 5:00pm
“Pasteur at 200” commemorates the work of French chemist Louis Pasteur, born December 27, 1822, along with his longer scientific legacy, which continues today. If you drink pasteurized milk, or if you take your pet for a rabies shot, Pasteur was the renowned chemist behind these innovations, among many others. Pasteur was celebrated in his lifetime for discoveries that helped propel changes in industry, science, and medicine. With his colleagues, he clarified the role of microbes in fermentation, and developed a process called pasteurization to prolong the shelf life for wines and beers.
Small white round powderbox decorated with blue white and coral cloisonne, with a center circle and star shapes across the top surface
Monday, August 22, 2022 - 12:00am to Sunday, February 5, 2023 - 12:00am
Collected over the course of more than 125 years, the materials in Subjects and Objects pose questions and highlight contradictions: How did the term Slavic collection come to encompass materials from so many lands, cultures, and languages that lie beyond that linguistical designation? How did Russia come to symbolize this region for Western observers—and why does that impression persist? This exhibit explores how the Slavic collections from Yale’s libraries and museums present a chronicle of lived experience. Although the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and Eastern Europe are all
Background image shows a circular design in light pink with rays from center circle to fluted edge. Printed on the surface in red is the title of the exhibition, printed in black is the subtitle and the dates of the exhibition.
Friday, August 5, 2022 - 12:00am to Sunday, March 5, 2023 - 12:00am
Women have been involved in the printing and production of books in what became the United States since Elizabeth Glover established a press in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1638. After the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 forced her to flee the United States, Mary Ann Shadd, an African American woman, founded and published The Provincial Freeman, an antislavery newspaper, in 1853 in Ontario, Canada. This exhibition celebrates the important history of women in printing and publishing by featuring ten women artists, illustrators, and printers currently working on the West Coast of the
Friday, July 22, 2022 - 12:00am to Sunday, January 8, 2023 - 12:00am
Visit the Beinecke Library website for daily hours and other visitor information. This exhibition presents many of the most historically significant manuscript maps from the late medieval and early modern period from the Beinecke Library’s vast collection of maps. It is focused on portolan charts - large, colorful charts that showed the shoreline of the Mediterranean, and were used by sailors to navigate from port to port. These maps were crucial to the expansion of European trade in the fiftieth and sixteenth century. Yale University Library has one of the most significant map collections of
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, December 21, 2022 - 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 Saturday, December 31, 2022 - 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.