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Yale University School of Art. Image courtesy of Yale University.

Yale University School of Art, Green Hall Gallery. Image credit: Sandra Burns, Yale School of Art.

Most townies in New Haven hate to admit that Yale plays a vital role in New Haven’s artistic culture. In fact, most townies assume that everything marked Yale is only for the lucky folks who study there. The truth is Yale University is quite welcoming to its non-Yale community, but if you are too caught up in the Townies vs. Yalies argument you may miss out on some great artistic experiences. The Yale doors are always open for a free film at the Whitney Humanities Center or a lecture at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History – just walk right in! Here is a quick free guide to exhibitions at Yale University.

Yale School of Art

The Yale School of Art is one of the best art colleges in the nation. As an art lover, you would be a fool not to stop in and check out what some of the students are creating. The school has 2 locations where you can view artwork, and both are free and open to the public. If you’re primarily interested in work by Yale students visit the Green Hall Gallery during business hours M-F 8:30am-5pm.

Perception Unfolds: Looking at Deborah Hay’s Dance. Image courtesy of Yale University.

Perception Unfolds: Looking at Deborah Hay’s Dance. Image courtesy of Yale University.

In addition to works by students, the Yale School of Art invites visiting artists and curators. Earlier today I attended a press tour of Perception Unfolds: Looking at Deborah Hay’s Dance with a few local journalists at Yale School of Art’s 32 Edgewood Avenue Gallery. The tour was led by School of Art Dean Robert Storr and Emily Coates, director of dance studies at Yale. Created by choreographer Deborah Hay, the installation combines dance, art and technology to transform the small gallery space into an impressive contemporary dance performance. However, unlike a dance performance on stage your experience at the installation varies on where you are standing as pointed out by Emily Coates. Shes says, “You see a very different dance looking one way into the installation. Sometimes you see a trio, or a solo. That’s part of the conceptualization. The screens are see-through.”

Like all contemporary art the installation is a thought-provoking project that allows the viewer to draw their own conclusions. You can experience Perception Unfolds for yourself Tuesday – Sunday during business hours of 12 – 6 p.m.

Yale School of Music

If you are a fan of classical and jazz music consider stopping by the Yale School of Music. Some of their performances do include a price, but often you can stop in for a free event at the majestic Morse Recital Hall, the legendary Woolsey Hall and other Yale locations. Whether you’re a fan of the harp, piano or a full orchestra, you will certainly be able to see it at Yale and can guarantee that the performance will be skillfully arranged. Just visit the Yale School of Music website to see the upcoming performances list.

Yale School of Architecture

Architects are quite the artists and at the Yale School of Architecture Gallery you can view their work. The current exhibition Infra Eco Logi Urbanism was highlighted twice in the October issue of The Arts Paper by the Editor David Brensilver. In his story Brensilver says, “Consisting of three, three-dimensional models and a number of panels hanging from the gallery ceiling, the exhibition challenges us to think big about our collective future.” You can read Brensilver’s interview with Geoffrey Thün, a partner at RVTR – the Toronto- and Ann Arbor-based design firm that conceived and created the exhibition online here.

Want more? Check out these Yale exhibitions currently on view.

Plays Well With Others: Duets in Instructional Treatises
Irving Gilmore Music Library
Public exhibition viewing hours: M-F 8:30am-6pm

Reading English: Celebrating the James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn Collection
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Public exhibition viewing hours: M-Th 9am-7pm & Fridays 9am-5pm

Conversing with Things: Drawings, Paintings, and Pastels by Karsten Harries
Whitney Humanities Center
Public exhibition viewing hours: Monday & Wednesdays 3pm–5pm

Sculpture Victorious: Art in an Age of Invention 1937-1901
Yale Center for British Art
Public exhibition viewing hours: Tu-Sat 10-5pm & Sunday 12-5pm

Visit the Yale website for more information and additional exhibitions.

Stephen Grant 

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