Yale University Art Gallery, Connecticut

Posted On March 14, 2011 

Soaring from the campus of New Haven’s Yale University, this visually striking art gallery is the house of vital as well as encyclopedic art exhibits all of which are nicely sprinkled in its many buildings. In the western hemisphere, this is the most ancient university art museum set up in 1832. The Yale University Art Gallery comprises of permanent exhibits; traveling, upcoming, on view, and past exhibits; coin room, study room, and buildings such as Kahn, Renovation, Swartwout, and Trumbull.

You will come across the art works of all times as well as cultures, but this gallery is the home of the most famous collections such as the early African figurines, Italian paintings, and modern art along with the best collection of American decorative as well as fine arts. Coming to the permanent collection in the Yale University Art Gallery, there exists more than 185,000 works that are arranged well in 10 zones.

In the zone of the African Art, there are more than 1000 objects of ceramic, wood, ivory, and metal along with the ritual figures, articles, and masks of West as well as Central Africa. On the other hand, the American Decorative Arts engulfs some 18,000 items of wood, porcelain, silver, glass, furniture, and textile and focuses on the early federal as well as colonial times.

The American Paintings and Sculpture collection houses more than 300 miniatures, 500 sculptures, and 2500 paintings, which date back to the mid-20th century. The artists whose paintings can be seen here are Benjamin West, Frederic Church, John Singleton Copley, Frederic Remington, Albert Bierstadt, George Bellows, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Arthur Dove, Edwin Austin Abbey, Edward Hopper, and Elizabeth Goodridge. Figurines are from Hiram Powers, Hezekiah Augur, William Henry Rinehart, Horatio Greenough, Chauncey Ives, and Alexander Calder.

The Ancient Art zone is the home of over 13,000 items that belong to the Neolithic as well as early Byzantine eras from Egypt, the Near East, Etruria, Greece, and Rome. Expect paintings, vessels, mosaics, sculptures, bronzes, glass, and artifacts. If the Art of the Ancient Americas offer vessels, panels, ritual items, Mayan and Olmec statues, and sculptures of the Aztecs, Tairona, Incas, and Mayas; the Asian Art provides prints, calligraphy, paintings, ceramics, sculpture, jades, bronzes, textiles, and lacquer ware from Korea, Japan, China, and other nations of the south as well as southeast Asia.

The European Art displays the sculptures as well as paintings right since the Renaissance to the 19th century from Tuscany to France, while the Modern and Contemporary Art offers the same since the mid-19th century until the current time. Some of the artists whose works are seen here are Picasso, Cezanne, Duchamp, Hesse, Van Gogh, and Mondrian.

Coins and Medals bring forward the metallic as well as paper money right since the 7th century BC of America, Rome, Greece, and Renaissance era. Lastly, the Prints, Drawings, and Photographs zone showcases the European as well as American paper works of people like Dürer, Evans, Pollock, Rembrandt, and Degas right from the 15th century until now.

  • Tuesday to Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Thursday from September to June: until 8:00 pm
  • Sunday: 1 am to 6 pm
  • Mondays and major holidays: closed



Chapel Street, York Street.

Other highlights
  • Gallery talks beginning in the lobby for free.
  • Masterpiece Tours on weekends at 1:30 pm featuring interactive visits to the American Art Galleries with the trained guides known as docents who are well experienced for handling diverse audiences.
  • Angles on Art by undergraduate guides on Thursdays at 5:00 pm as well as on Fridays and weekends at 3:00 pm featuring theme-based trip.
  • Master Classes for behind-the-scenes look.
  • Family Programs like Artful Tales featuring hands-on activities.
  • Performances such as short theatrical plays as well as concerts by local as well as Yale college folks.

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