Yale University Art Gallery


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.