YCBA Docents Visit the Clark

Docents outside the Whistler exhibition and conservation studio

Docents outside the Whistler exhibition and conservation studio.

On August 18, the Docents visited the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. They were greeted by Ronna Tulgan Ostheimer, Director of Adult, School, and Community programs and enjoyed the summer exhibition, Van Gogh and Nature. Louise Ciulla hosted a delicious lunch at her home before everyone headed to The Williamstown Art Conservation Center for a behind the scenes tour.

Louise's Williamstown home where she hosted a delicious lunch.

Louise’s Williamstown home.

Walking by a washed Morris Louis outside the conservation studio

A washed Morris Louis outside the conservation studio

Opening this week, The Critique of Reason: Romantic Art, 1760–1860

Dear Docents,

Reminder: Wednesday, March 4, from 4 to 6 pm, you are invited to preview the exhibition at the Yale University Art Gallery. Each of you are already registered with the YUAG Membership office. Enjoy!

All best,
Jaime

George Stubbs, A Lion Attacking a Horse, 1762, oil on canvas, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

George Stubbs, A Lion Attacking a Horse, 1762, oil on canvas, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

4 March–6 March EXHIBITION OPENING

Opening this week, The Critique of Reason: Romantic Art, 1760–1860 is the first major collaborative exhibition between the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art. The exhibition offers an unprecedented opportunity to bring together treasures of the Romantic art movement from the collections of both museums. More than three hundred paintings, sculptures, medals, watercolors, drawings, prints, and photographs will be on view at the Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel Street, from March 6 through July 26, 2015.

On Wednesday, March 4, from 4 to 6 pm, members are invited to preview the exhibition. Registration is required (+1 203.432.9658, art.members@yale.edu).

On Thursday, March 5, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, Joseph Leo Koerner, Yale BA 1980, the Victor S. Thomas Professor of the History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University, will deliver the opening lecture, Song without Words: The Romantic Experience.

Both the preview and lecture will take place at the Yale University Art Gallery.

Contact:
+1 203 432 2800
Yale Center for British Art
1080 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06520

 

Riveted by Romanticism

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Nina Amstutz, co-curator of The Critique of Reason: Romantic Art, 1760–1860, spoke at length to the docents on Monday, Feb. 23. As the first major collaborative exhibition between the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art, The Critique of Reason offers an unprecedented opportunity to bring together treasures of the Romantic art movement from the collections of both museums.

The exhibition comprises more than three hundred paintings, sculptures, medals, watercolors, drawings, prints, and photographs by such iconic artists as William Blake, Théodore Géricault, Francisco de Goya, and J. M. W. Turner. This broad range of objects challenges the traditional notion of the Romantic artist as a brooding genius given to introversion and fantasy. Instead, the exhibition’s eight thematic sections juxtapose arresting works of art that reveal the Romantics as attentive explorers of their natural and cultural worlds as well as deeply invested in exploring the mysterious, the cataclysmic, and the spiritual. The richness and range of Yale’s Romantic holdings are on display, presented afresh for a new generation of museumgoers.

Afterwards, Docents joined many of the Center’s staff at the Criterion Theater in New Haven to enjoy Mr. Turner, Mike Leigh’s recent film about J. M. W. Turner’s final twenty-five years. For more information about the film, click here.

Feb. 9 Docent Meeting with Cecie

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Monday’s Docent Meeting was an informative discussion with Constance Clement, Deputy Director of the Center. Cecie talked about the decade of research that went into informing the design, construction, and renovation of the Center’s landmark building, as well as the publication in 2011 of Louis Kahn and the Yale Center for British Art: A Conservation Plan by the Center in association with Yale University Press. Written by Peter Inskip and Stephen Gee, in association with Cecie, the book details the conservation plan and proposes a series of policies for the building’s maintenance to which we are now in the midst. Everybody was delighted to receive a copy of the book.

For more information, read the Center’s Press Release by clicking here.

Schools and Museums: Interview with Kylie Peppler

Check out this article/interview (click here) with Kylie Peppler, an Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences and Director of The Creativity Labs at Indiana University Bloomington.

After reading this article, comment below with answers to these questions:

1) What are some of the ways in which our tours at the BAC are successfully engaging students and teachers? 

2) What are some  of the ways in which we can alter our tour design to create a better museum experience?

But will YOU be here? An argument for tours that encourage life-long museum-going

Check out this article (click here), which was assigned to you at the last meeting. Think about some of the questions that the author generates about the museum tour experience.

Think back to some of the questions that students and adults have presented to you at the end of a tour. How can we begin to think about incorporating those questions and interests into the design of the tour? What can we do to create “life-long museum-goers” and how can we generate independent thinking within the museum?

Comment below with your responses.

How Integrating Arts Into Other Subjects Makes Learning Come Alive

Louise C. teaching in the galleries.

Louise C. teaching in the galleries.

Many thanks to Joya for sharing Katrina Schwartz’ Jan. 13, 2015 article, How Integrating Arts Into Other Subjects Makes Learning Come Alive. Please share your comments and questions as we are interested in your thoughts.

Differentiation in teaching means designing instruction to meet the needs of the individual. For more information about differentiated teaching, click here.

Mary teaching in the galleries.

Mary teaching in the galleries.