APRIL 6–12, 2020


Wanted: Budding Artists

Re-create some of the Gallery’s most beloved objects, and open an art gallery at home, with your own Yale University Art Gallery coloring book. The book includes works by Katsushika HokusaiMartin Johnson Heade, and more. Download the coloring book. Then get creative!

Post your masterpiece on Instagram with the hashtags #YaleArtGalleryAtHome, #BuddingArtist. Don’t forget to tag us @yaleartgallery.



Titus Kaphar
American, born 1976, M.F.A. 2006

Shadows of Liberty

Oil and rusted nails on canvas

Listen to the artist describe this work, his artistic practices, and the connections he makes with the two objects in the Gallery’s collection that are featured below.

Watch Titus Kaphar’s 2017 TED Talk, “Can Art Amend History?”


John Trumbull
American, 1756–1843

General George Washington at Trenton

Oil on canvasIn 1792 the city of Charleston, South Carolina, commissioned from John Trumbull this portrait of George Washington for its city hall to commemorate the president’s visit  in May 1791. Learn more.



Visit the Gallery’s YouTube channel and become a subscriber. There you’ll find dozens of videos of past programming, artists interviews, and more.



Unidentified Yombe Artist

Power Figure (Nkisi N’kondi)

19th–early 20th century
Wood, iron, cloth, mirror, leopard tooth, fiber, and porcelainA nkisi n’kondi was activated when the nganga (a ritual specialist) hammered a nail into the figure on behalf of a client. For example, at the request of a victim of theft, a nail would be driven into the wooden figure, punishing the thief.
Gallery conservators recently completed a technical examination of this object that focused on the 63 individual strips of cloth from 34 different textiles that were knotted to the metalwork during the course of its use. Read more.
The complete results of the research can be found in the 2019 Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin.



Founded by Titus Kaphar, Jason Price, and Jonathan Brand, NXTHVN is a multidisciplinary arts incubator that cultivates creative community in the Dixwell neighborhood of New Haven, Connecticut.

In March, NXTHVN opened its inaugural exhibition, Countermythologiesorganized by the 2019 Curatorial Fellows Zalika Azim, Riham Majeed, and Ana Tuazon. Like Kaphar, who assembles and recombines histories in paintings such as Shadows of Liberty, several of the artists represented in the exhibition incorporate historical documents that expose inequitable and deeply ingrained relationships of power in American society.



Yale University Art Gallery in the News

Daily Nutmeg, April 3, 2020: Works From Home

hipertextual.com, March 31, 2020:A virtual visit to museums around the world with images in the public domain (via Google Translate) Original Spanish language version: Una visita virtual a museos de todo el mundo con imágenes de dominio público

connaissancedesarte.com, March 29, 2020: The Nave of Fools by Hieronymus Bosch: Focus on a Masterpiece (via Google Translate) Original French language version: La Nef des fous de Jérôme Bosch: focus sur un chef-d’œuvre

Hartford Courant, March 27, 2020: Social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak? Art lovers can still check out their favorite local museums and galleries with these virtual tours



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