APRIL 20–26, 2020


The World Through an Artist’s Eye

In light of the current pandemic, the art, writings, and ideas of artist James Prosek are newly relevant. In the exhibition James Prosek: Art, Artifact, Artifice, the artist shows us that boundaries are made to be broken and that our wondrous world is more interconnected than we might imagine.


Exhibition Catalogue

For a limited time, enjoy free access the complete exhibition cataloguefor James Prosek: Art, Artifact, Artifice.Learn more or preorder this soon-to-be-released publication.


Artist in Conversation with Yale Professor


Audio Tour

Listen to the complete audio tour for James Prosek: Art, Artifact, Artifice.

Listen to James Prosek describe “lucid dreaming” and the powerful connections between drawing and interacting with nature.

Listen to David K. Skelly, Director of the Peabody Museum of Natural History and an avid fly fisherman, discuss biological mimicry and its role in animal survival.



Victoria Sambunaris, American, born 1964, M.F.A. 1999

Untitled (Fort Knox Gold Mine) Fairbanks, Alaska

Chromogenic print mounted to aluminum

Victoria Sambunaris explores in her work the many ways in which industry has altered the Earth’s surface. Photographs like this both document the changing environment and critique practices like mining that are contaminating and scarring the landscape.


During visits to the Gallery to view this work, Yale classes and other visitors grapple with how to balance the aesthetic value of the photograph alongside the work’s grim assessment of humanity’s impact on the environment.


Wallace Nez, Diné (Navajo) and American, born 1972

Untitled,1999, Earthenware with pigment

Many artists from Indigenous nations in the Southwest make pots to store seeds in the winter. Pots like this have a tiny opening at the top that allows one seed to be placed inside at a time and protects the seeds from hungry animals.

Wallace Nez is known for his intricate designs. He decorated this hand-coiled seed pot with fine geometric forms. At just 3 × 3 1/4 inches (7.6 × 8.2 cm), the object is not much larger than the hummingbirds it depicts.

To learn more about seed pots, watch the full interview with Indigenous potter Linda Tafoya Sanchez (Santa Clara Pueblo).

Wallace Nez’s art is currently featured in Place, Nations, Generations, Beings: 200 Years of Indigenous North American Art and in the related exhibition catalogue.

The exhibition was organized by Katherine Nova McCleary, B.A. 2018, and Leah Tamar Shrestinian B.A. 2018, with Joseph Zordan, B.A. 2019. Assistance provided by Kaitlin McCormick, the former

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Native American Art and Curation, Department of American Paintings and Sculpture.


Albert Bierstadt, American, born Germany, 1830–1902

Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point Trail

ca. 1873
Oil on canvas

Listen to Mark D. Mitchell, the Holcombe T. Green Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, discuss the significance of the Yosemite Valley and the role this picture played in shaping an image of the West in the late 19th century.


Committed to Sustainability

– The Gallery’s indoor air quality is protected by the use of only natural cleaning and maintenance materials, providing the safest environment to our visitors and to the art.

– We have reduced heating and cooling consumption by 23%over the past five years in all our facilities.

– We have transitioned to LED lights in a third of our facilities, resulting in a 75% reduction in electricity costs.

– In the Wurtele Study Center, we have outfitted cases with a microclimate system that eliminates the need for hand-cleaning silverand other art objects.


Support the Gallery’s Annual Fund

Gifts to the Annual Fund strengthen the Gallery’s ability to respond to uncertain times. To everyone who has a made a recent gift, we say thank you.

Download and read the 2018-19 Yale University Art Gallery Annual Report. The Annual Report is issued at the conclusion of each fiscal year and provides an overview of the Gallery’s exhibitions and programs from the previous 12 months.



Yale University Art Gallery in the News

WSHU Public Radio Weekly News Update, April 17, 2020: “Connect and Enjoy”

Yale Daily News, April 15, 2020: “YUAG and YCBA Closed, Online Resources Available to Public”

The Art Newspaper, April 9, 2020: The Art World’s Favourite Easter and Passover Images

www.zip06.com, April 2, 2020: “Major Reinstallation of African Art Galleries Coming Soon”

The Yale University Art Gallery is currently closed until further notice. The Gallery is working in close collaboration with Yale University leadership to safeguard against the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff. Please continue to check our website in the coming days and weeks for additional information or changes to the Gallery’s public services. Learn more >
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