Marking the conclusion of a decade-long renovation and expansion, the Yale University Art Gallery celebrated the grand opening of its expanded three-building complex with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon on Dec. 12.
Jock Reynolds, the Henry H. Heinz II Director of the Yale University Art Gallery; Yale University President-Elect Peter Salovey; Dean of Yale College Mary Miller; and New Haven Mayor John DeStefano delivered remarks as they unveiled the expanded spaces and newly installed galleries.
"On so many different levels this is an accessible, inspiring, and thrilling collection with so much more of it on display in beautiful spaces,” says Salovey. "Every space is intimate and every space is comfortable. We’ll never charge you anything to come here and we welcome you to come here and be inspired.”
“You might be teaching a course on Italian Renaissance literature, and while you are doing that you might want to see the Italian Renaissance paintings,” notes Reynolds. “There is not a subject in the University that you can’t reflect back on art that has been made by different people of different cultures at different times.”
“The renovation and expansion is so fabulous because the number of works that are now on display,” said Miller. “There are so many things in this museum that I have never seen before, and I almost skip from room to room to room and feel my excitement rising.”
The project has joined the 1953 modernist structure designed by Louis Kahn, the 1928 Old Yale Art Gallery building and the 1866 Street Hall into one continuous structure in which to display and teach from the gallery's celebrated collection.
The Yale University Art Gallery, located at 1111 Chapel St. (at York Street), offers free exhibitions, lectures, tours, symposia, and other public programs, and serves as a teaching resource for Yale students, faculty, scholars, and the global community at large. As part of its efforts to share its collections with a broader public, it also organizes traveling exhibitions, which are presented at museums across the country as well as internationally. Museum admission is free.