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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
Seated woman in black pants and white shirt smoking cigarette bending over arm of chair to kiss another woman. Above them floats a pair of legs wearing pump-style dark shoes.
Monday, May 2, 2022 (All day) to Friday, September 30, 2022 (All day)
This year’s Yale Library Senior Exhibit, curated by Gabrielle Colangelo ‘22, is now on display in the Sterling Memorial Library Exhibition Corridor. All are invited to a Curator’s Talk and Tour on Tuesday, May 10, at 4:30 pm , in the Exhibition Corridor and an on-line Curator Talk on Monday, May 16, at 4 pm. Libraries are sites of self-discovery. Many coming-out stories feature accounts of individuals finding queerness for the first time while reading. At the same time, libraries are not apolitical spaces: homophobic and outdated library classification practices have made “lesbian” a
Black text on bright color background grading left to right from pink to yellow. Text reads:  at right. Text reads there are the ones who do see me, Clebrating Yale Women Artists, April 2-August 25, 2022
Saturday, April 2, 2022 (All day) to Friday, August 26, 2022 (All day)
As part of the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Women at Yale, this exhibition highlights works by women who have graduated from the School of Art, Yale’s first coeducational school. The education of women has been a fundamental part of the School’s mission since its foundation. The initial bequest that made the School possible was a donation of Augustus and Caroline Street specifically for “a school for practical instruction, open to both sexes, for such as propose to follow art as a profession.” Drawn from Arts Library Special Collections, these artists books, prints, and photo
Monday, March 14, 2022 (All day) to Sunday, August 14, 2022 (All day)
The inaugural exhibition in Sterling Library’s new Hanke Exhibition Gallery—Points of Contact, Points of View: Asking Questions in Yale Library Special Collections—features more than 60 unique documents, books, objects, and images, curated and displayed so visitors can experience firsthand how primary sources inspire inquiry, learning, and the creation of new knowledge. The exhibition centers around the idea of asking questions—the foundation of research—as a way to gain insight into Yale Library’s outstanding collections and into the scholarly practices that lead to new discoveries. The
monochrome image of women performers on a stage; the bottom left reads Brava! Women  Make American Theater
Friday, January 28, 2022 (All day) to Sunday, July 3, 2022 (All day)
Open weekdays to Yale students, staff, and faculty authorized to be on campus. Visit the Beinecke Library website for specific hours and details. Brava! Women Make American Theater showcases, through archival materials, the ways in which women in the United States engaged in the production and reception of text-based stage performance over its long history. Far from offering a comprehensive account of women in theatrical enterprises, Brava! highlights how stage performance often mirrored, but also frequently challenged and changed, understandings of women’s roles and of women’s rights in
series of portraits lined up in a glass display
Sunday, August 1, 2021 (All day) to Saturday, December 31, 2022 (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.”
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.
A woman in blue jihad talking to a boy and an open book in front of them
Wednesday, January 2, 2019 (All day) to Friday, December 22, 2023 (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.