New Teaching Space in Yale Art Gallery Named In Honor of President Levin and his Wife, Jane

A space within the Yale University Art Gallery dedicated to the teaching of Yale students has been named in honor of President Richard C. Levin and his wife, Jane.

The teaching gallery is located on the fourth floor mezzanine of the 1928 building designed by Egerton Swartwout, which conjoins the Yale Art Gallery’s 1953 Louis Kahn-designed building and which is currently under renovation.

It will open in 2012 upon completion of a three-year renovation and expansion of the Yale Art Gallery. The project also includes Street Hall, an 1886 structure designed by Peter Bonnett Wright. The renovation will significantly increase the gallery’s spaces for permanent collections, special-exhibitions and object-study classrooms.

“It is only fitting that the Jane and Richard C. Levin Teaching Gallery will stand atop the newly expanded Yale University Art Gallery’s historic Swartwout building tower when the second phase of the gallery’s renovation is completed in 2012,” said Jock Reynolds, the Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Yale Art Gallery.

“Enabling Yale’s great museum and library collections to become more accessible to students, faculty, staff and the public at large has long been a passionate pursuit led by our first couple,” he continued. “Their commitment richly deserves to be recognized in perpetuity, for both Jane and Rick Levin deeply understand the power of original works of art to inspire active learning and enjoyment.”

The Jane and Richard C. Levin Teaching Gallery will be home to temporary, rotating exhibitions comprised of objects from the permanent collection that are thematically connected to Yale courses. Students will use the objects on view for close study and to make connections between the art on view and subject matter found in their classes.

The governing board of the Yale Art Gallery decided to name the gallery after the president and his wife because they are both ardent supporters of the arts, according to its chair, Robert W. Doran.

Jane Levin often utilizes the resources of the Yale Art Gallery in her position as director of undergraduate studies for the Directed Studies Program, in which select Yale freshman undertake an interdisciplinary study of western civilization. She brings her students to the gallery at least four times per year and was the first professor to teach from the reinstalled collections of the gallery’s renovated Louis Kahn building, which reopened in 2006.

President Richard C. Levin has been a strong advocate for the integration of museum collections into teaching at Yale, noted Doran. “Among President Levin’s many lasting achievements will be Yale’s artistic renaissance and the completion of its arts-area master plan,” he said.

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