Exhibitions

Exhibition News

A picture of fruit on a tree surrounded by Arabic calligraphy
June 30, 2021

More than 40 Yale librarians, archivists, and curators have pooled their expertise to select rare and unique objects from library collections for the new gallery’s inaugural exhibition.

Photo of Yale student Sarah Adams pointing to a sign post on the Shinetsu Trail in Japan
April 6, 2021

Online exhibitions curated by Yale students in English, environmental science, and architecture feature a wide range of primary sources and other resources from Yale University Library.

Architect's rendering of gallery space
April 1, 2021

Under the watchful gaze of Alma Mater, a section of the Sterling Memorial Library nave will be transformed into a museum-quality gallery that will showcase materials from Yale’s vast and diverse special collections. Construction began April 5 and will finish in about eight months.

Now on View

Friday, September 10, 2021 (All day) to Sunday, February 27, 2022 (All day)
Part of the 50WomenAtYale150, this exhibition highlights works by women who graduated from the Graphic Design program at Yale School of Art. Like all the school’s programs, Graphic Design—the first graduate program in graphic design in the United States—has been coeducational since its founding, which took place in 1951 under Alvin Eisenman (1921–2013). The program, with its focus on problem solving and communication, is known for its ethos of innovation and its feminist legacy—a legacy that has only increased since 1990, when Sheila Levrant de Bretteville (born 1940; MFA 1964) became the
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 (All day) to Monday, January 10, 2022 (All day)
Open weekdays to Yale students, staff, and faculty authorized to be on campus beginning September 1, 2021. Visit the Beinecke Library website for specific hours and details. An exhibition celebrating the American love of travel and adventure in both literary works and the real-life journeys that have inspired some of our most beloved books, Road Show explores literary archives and the various ways travel is recorded, marked, and documented in the Yale Collection of American Literature. The exhibition highlights the work and voyages of writers including Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston,
Sunday, August 1, 2021 (All day) to Friday, December 31, 2021 (All day)
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.”
black and white photo of men and women together while looking at the camera behind them
Monday, April 5, 2021 (All day) to Monday, January 31, 2022 (All day)
Curated by Mariana Melin-Corcoran ‘20 and using materials from Manuscripts and Archives, this exhibition explores the original contributions and experiences of some of the female pioneers of the Yale Architecture program. Image: School of Architecture class of 1985 by Marc Luttrell
A head sculpture and Women at the Dawn of History text in black background
Saturday, February 29, 2020 (All day) to Thursday, June 30, 2022 (All day)
Tens of thousands of cuneiform texts, monumental sculptures, and images on terracotta reliefs and cylinder seals cast light on the fates of women at the dawn of history, from queens to female slaves. They are displayed in this exhibition in the Yale Babylonian Collection in Sterling Library to those with a Yale-ID. Contact babylonian.collection@yale.edu for access details.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019 (All day) to Friday, December 31, 2021 (All day)
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.