Philosophy Meets Geometry in Yale Art Gallery Display

A special installation now on view at the Yale University Art Gallery showcases a graphic artist’s “visual language” for depicting timeless philosophical messages.

Titled “Jane Davis Doggett: Talking Graphics,” the display will continue through March 7.

Doggett is a pioneer in the field of architectural and environmental design. She is best known for creating graphic identities and way-finding systems for massive public spaces, including cultural institutions and 40 international airports.

The artist invented the concept of IconoChromeTM images, which she describes as “geometric designs in colors expressing philosophically profound messages” drawn from such sources as Roman proverbs and the Bible.

“In creating IconoChrome, I interpret and project the essence of a written message using graphic symbols, or icons, which are structured from basic geometrics - circle, square, triangle - in interaction with color, or chrome,” explains Doggett. “This is a process of translation of the meaning of the message, not with words but visual images.” These colorful designs are featured in “Talking Graphics.”

The Yale University Art Gallery, located at 1111 Chapel St. (corner of York Street), is open to the public free of charge 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; until 8 p.m. on Thursday through June; and 1-6 p.m. Sunday. For additional information, visit or call 203-432-0600.

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