Filling an art gallery with dancers and guests among pieces of art is quite the task. But, the Yale University Art Gallery does it with ease. The performance by the Yale Dance Theater and the Elm City Dance Collective on April 3rd was a profound cohesion of Gaga dance juxtaposed against the Dada exhibit on view. 

"Yale Dance Theater and the Gallery invited dance artists Saar Harari and Lee Sher (of LeeSaar The Company) to create a new choreographic work for the gallery spaces. Harari and Sher have used Gaga, a movement language developed by choreographer Ohad Naharin, as a tool to create a performance that juxtaposes 21st-century Gaga aesthetics with the Dada works of art." 


Newspeak, a quartet of Yale University undergraduates, performs a set of original music directly inspired by the exhibition The Ceramic Presence in Modern Art: Selections from the Linda Leonard Schlenger Collection and the Yale University Art Gallery. Formed in 2012, Newspeak plays a style of jazz that avoids easy classification. The group’s influences range from canonical to contemporary, a result of its members’ varied musical backgrounds. Consisting of Alexander Dubovoy, CC ’16 (piano), Eli Brown, ES ’17 (trumpet), Hans Bilger, BR ’16 (bass), and Griffin Brown, TC ’18 (drums), the group approaches composition like the artists approach clay: it experiments with a medium that is at once firmly established and malleable.

Gallery+ is an ongoing series of collaborations that invites students to respond to the Gallery’s collection through special programs and performances.

Yale University Art Gallery | The Ceramic Presence in Modern Art: Selections from the Linda Leonard Schlenger Collection and the Yale University Art Gallery

It was exciting to pick up a copy of The Ceramic Presence in Modern Art from the Yale University Art Gallery the other day to find a portrait of Mrs. Schlenger that I photographed in June 2014. Many congratulations to Sequoia Miller, Jock Reynolds, Linda Schlenger and the entire Yale University Art Gallery staff on all of your hard work to bring this wonderful exhibit to life. 

September 4, 2015–January 3, 2016 @ Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut

Over the last 25 years, Linda Leonard Schlenger has amassed one of the most important collections of contemporary ceramics in the country. This exhibition features over 80 objects from the Schlenger collection by leading 20th-century ceramicists–including John Mason, Jim Melchert, Kenneth Price, Lucie Rie, and Peter Voulkos–alongside works in other media from the Yale University Art Gallery’s permanent collection by artists such as Hans Hofmann, Willem de Kooning, Isamu Noguchi, Mark Rothko, and Edward Ruscha. Although critically lauded within the studio-craft movement, works by these ceramicists are only now coming to be recognized as integral to the wider field of contemporary art. By interspersing these exceptional examples of the medium with other objects from this period, including painting, sculpture, and works on paper, this exhibition aims to reexamine the position of postwar ceramic sculpture within the context of contemporary art, highlighting the formal, historical, and theoretical affinities among the works on view.

Italy | Friday's Five no. V

Today is the final Italy blog post of this series. It's been so fun to share some of these snippets from our trip with you! Today's final five are:

(1)  The walk up to the Forum of Trajan

(2) A roman seagull in flight. 

(3) The dome of the Pantheon. 

(4) The view from the cupola of St. Peter's Basilica.

(5) A street view from Ponte alle Grazie of the Fiume Arno & Ponte Vecchio in Florence.

Italy | Friday's Five No. III

This week's Friday's Five from our trip to Italy are:

(1) A common moto scene from the streets everyday Rome.

(2) A bird in flight above the Colosseum, 

(3) A view from the balcony of the cupola of the massive St. Peter's Basilica.

(4) A bird's eye view from the Colosseum overlooking The Arch of Constantine.

(5) Looking through the outside gate of the Vittoriano Museum at the monument to Victor-Emmanuel II in central Rome. 

Italy | Friday's Five no. 1

In June, Matthew and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary in Rome & Florence, Italy. I've absolutely loved processing the images from our trip and reliving our time in the Ancient City and the birthplace of the Renaissance. Over the next few Fridays, I'll be posting my favorite images from my favorite country. Below are today's Friday's Five: