A newly renovated and expanded Yale University Art Gallery opens this week.
"Look around you right now and you can see wonderful work by Sol LeWitt, David Smith.." Yale Art Gallery Director Jock Reynolds stands in the Louis Kahn building on Chapel Street in New Haven.
The 1953 modernist structure has been connected to two adjacent buildings, the Old Yale Gallery and Street Hall. The 135 million dollar renovation project virtually doubles the size of the museum.
"When you go into Street Hall that was developed between 1864 and 1866, you look at work by Thomas Eakens, Winslow Homer, that were made contemporaneous to the time of that building."
Plus, lots more.
The reinstalled museum contains more than 4,000 works: Ancient Roman and Greek Art, Early Italian Renaissance paintings, American sculpture and Decorative Arts; Photography, works by van Gogh, Picasso, Cezanne, Jackson Pollack, Andy Warhol. There are collections from Africa and Asia, never before seen Indo-Pacific art and a new space for the Arts of Islam.
"We also want to help New Haven continue to develop a reputation really as an arts capital." Provost Peter Salovey is Yale University’s president-elect. "Every day of the week, when we are open, someone can walk in off the street and experience this fantastic collection and it doesn’t cost a thing."
You heard that right. Admission is free.
The renovated and expanded Yale University Art Gallery opens on Wednesday.