Monthly Archives: February 2015

Riveted by Romanticism


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










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.