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Yale University Art Gallery

Yale University Art Gallery
Established 1832
Location 1111 Chapel St., New Haven, Connecticut
Director Jock Reynolds

The Yale University Art Gallery houses a significant and encyclopedic collection of art in several buildings on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Although it embraces all cultures and periods, the Gallery possesses especially renowned collections of early Italian painting, African sculpture, and modern art. Its holdings of American decorative and fine arts are amongst the best in existence.


  • History 1
  • Gallery 2
  • Collection 3
  • Management 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The Yale University Art Gallery is the oldest university art museum in the western hemisphere.[1] The Gallery was founded in 1832, when patriot-artist John Trumbull donated to Yale College more than 100 paintings of the American Revolution[2] and designed the original Picture Gallery. This building, on Old Campus, was razed in 1901.[3]

The Gallery's main building[4] was built in 1953 and was among the very first designed by Louis Kahn, who taught architecture at Yale. A complete renovation, which returned many spaces to Kahn's original vision, was completed in December 2006 by Polshek Partnership Architects. The older Tuscan romanesque portion was built in 1928 and was designed by Egerton Swartwout. The Gallery reopened on December 12, 2012, after a 14-year renovation and expansion project[5] at a cost of $135 million.[6] The expanded space totals 69,975 square feet.

The museum is a member of the North American Reciprocal Museums program.



The Gallery’s encyclopedic collections number more than 185,000 objects ranging in date from ancient times to the present day. The permanent collection includes:[7]

In 2005, the museum announced that it had acquired 1,465 gelatin silver prints by the influential American landscape photographer Robert Adams. In 2009, the museum mounted an exhibition of its extensive collection of Picasso paintings and drawings, in collaboration with the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.[2] For the first time, portions of the Yale University Library's Gertrude Stein writing archives were displayed next to relevant drawings from Picasso.[2]

An exhibition of the Gallery's Société Anonyme Collection is currently on display in the Gallery's renovated and expanded exhibition gallery. The exhibition includes work by Constantin Brâncuși, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Piet Mondrian, and Joseph Stella, among others.[8]


The Yale Art Gallery charges no admission.[6]


  1. ^ Yale University Art Gallery — 1953
  2. ^ a b c Yale University Art Gallery, Retrieved October 8, 2009Special Exhibit Examines Dynamic Relationship Between the Art of Pablo Picasso and Writing
  3. ^ Yale Art Gallery, Yale Buildings and Grounds
  4. ^ Yale Art Gallery: Kahn Building
  5. ^ Antiques Magazine, November–December 2012, 108-109.
  6. ^ a b Charles McGrath (December 6, 2012), A King of Art With the Midas Touch New York Times.
  7. ^ a b Yale Art Gallery
  8. ^

External links

  • Official website

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