Week Ender: Happenings in December
December is a good time to explore the many artistic and cultural treasures at Yale’s museums.
Yale Center for British Art
1080 Chapel St.
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
Closed Mondays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
View the largest and most comprehensive collection of British art outside of the United Kingdom at the Yale Center for British Art. Works on view include masterpieces by Joshua Reynolds, George Stubbs, Thomas Gainsborough, J.M.W. Turner, and John Constable, as well as major artists from Europe and America who lived and worked in Britain. Free.
View African art, American decorative arts, ancient art, and European art as well as special exhibitions, including Yosemite: Exploring the Incomparable Valley (ending Dec. 31); and Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830. Free.
Sterling Memorial Library
120 High St.
Winter break hours: 11 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Closed Dec. 23-25; and Dec. 31-Jan. 2
Visit one of Yale’s most prominent buildings and the largest of all the Yale libraries. Completed in 1930, it was named for its benefactor, John William Sterling (Yale Class of 1864). August 2014 marked the completion of a major restoration project that has returned the entrance nave to its original architectural splendor. The library currently houses approximately 4 million volumes on 16 floors of book stacks, as well as numerous departments, reading rooms, and exhibits. Free.
Discover Cushing’s Brains. Named for Yale College graduate and neurosurgeon Dr. Harvey Cushing, the center includes more than 400 specimen jars of patients’ brains and tumors, Cushing’s surgical illustrations, his personal diaries, black-and-white patient photographs, and memorabilia, as well as historical anatomical and medical materials. Other exhibits at the medical library include “The AIDS Suite,” HIV Positive Women in Prison and other works by artist/activist Sue Coe. Free.
Explore Treasures of the Peabody: 150 Years of Exploration and Discovery. Visit the museum’s permanent collection — providing a record of the history of the Earth, its life, and its cultures, including “The Great Hall of Dinosaurs”; and see David Friend Hall, the museum’s new gem and mineral gallery where “massive, colorful, and otherworldly specimens” are displayed to capture visitors’ imaginations and spark their curiosity.