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Monday, April 29, 2024 - 12:00am to Sunday, October 6, 2024 - 12:00am
For nearly two centuries, the ports of New England were home to the “Yankee” whaling industry. The industry operated from ports such as Nantucket, New Bedford, Mystic, and New Haven. The exhibit centers on the Sterling Library’s Manuscripts and Archives Whaling Logs Collection. Logbooks were essential navigational tools, allowing the captain to consistently track the ship’s position in terms of latitude of longitude. These logbooks also contain extensive documentation of whaling voyages and reveal the complex world of the industry. Logbooks served another function beyond in-the-moment
Monday, April 1, 2024 - 12:00am to Monday, July 15, 2024 - 12:00am
For centuries, Flavius Josephus was the most widely read Greek-language historian. Not unrelated, his book The Antiquities of the Jews was thought to contain the only non-Biblical source for the historicity of Jesus. The exhibit presents the history of book publishing through editions of Josephus, all of which come from the Elinor Eisemann Collection of Flavius Josephus. Covering more than five centuries of printing on three continents, the exhibit presents not only Josephus’s words, in many languages, but also the ways printers illustrated his books and the ways readers engaged with
Tuesday, March 12, 2024 - 8:00am to Sunday, September 1, 2024 - 8:00pm
The visual language of textiles is universal and multivarious, expressed through weaving, knitting, quilting, embroidery, and basketry. The works in this exhibit exemplify the different motives that artists have in using textiles as a focal point or as a point of departure in their creative practice. These objects were made to be experienced intimately—like the experience of wearing clothing—by an individual reader. In some works, the slowness of making is present. The artist invites you to take time to experience different textures and handmade details. In other works, artists embrace the
Monday, February 19, 2024 - 8:30am to Sunday, August 11, 2024 - 5:30pm
In an increasingly secular world, one might question the relevance of illuminated, handwritten religious manuscripts. This exhibition invites you to explore the wisdom of this age-old tradition, opening doors to imaginative ways to incorporate spirituality into hectic daily routines. It features the works of Master Kyeongho Kim alongside hand-written sacred texts from Yale Library’s collection, representing Judaic, Christian, and Islamic traditions.
Monday, February 19, 2024 - 12:00am to Saturday, August 17, 2024 - 12:00am
Mindscapes tells a story about mental health—its visibility, classification, and treatment—through the archival and visual art collections of the Medical Historical Library. Instead of a sweeping grand narrative of medical progress, Mindscapes presents a constellation of short stories that illuminate shifting cultural attitudes and scientific approaches to mental health over time. At stake in these stories are challenging, contested topics around mental health that intersect with Yale School of Medicine’s own histories. Two additional cases in the Historical Library, curated by Erin Sommers (
Friday, January 26, 2024 - 12:00am to Sunday, July 7, 2024 - 12:00am
Note: Visit the Beinecke Library website for daily hours and other visitor information. An exhibition exploring extraordinary materials collected by Walter and Linda Evans now in the Beinecke’s care, “Douglass, Baldwin, Harrington” celebrates three towering figures of Black history, art and culture: Frederick Douglass, James Baldwin, and Ollie Harrington. The Evans collections together bring political and cultural history into close engagement with arts and letters. These collections and the figures they feature demonstrate powerful ways creative work may serve as a form of social justice
Friday, September 22, 2023 - 8:00am to Friday, June 28, 2024 - 5:00pm
Art historians, curators, and connoisseurs often pose the question, Is it any good? evoking a sense of quality manifest in canonical works of art. By contrast, when building a collection of 18th-century prints for research, library founders W.S. and Annie Burr Lewis envisioned an essentially archival visual collection. Yet, aesthetic, material, and technical attributes are integral to understanding the power of visual art and artifacts to communicate the histories they document. Asking Is it any good? This exhibition explores the intersections of quality and documentary value. For the Lewises