Behind the Scenes: The Gallery Transformation
The Yale University Art Gallery, in New Haven, Connecticut, the oldest and one of the most important university art museums in America, is in the final phase of a multi-year renovation and expansion that will transform the visitor experience of both the museum and its esteemed collections. The expanded Gallery will open December 12, 2012.

On completion of the expansion, the Gallery will be able to install a vastly larger portion of its collections than heretofore possible. Visitors will see numerous objects that have never before been shown at the Gallery. This will include a new installation of Indo-Pacific art, comprising ethnographic sculptures from Southeast Asia, medieval Javanese gold, and textiles from Indonesia, which will establish the Gallery as one of the country’s leaders in this field. An extensive new installation of coins and medals has been enabled by the transfer of the University’s Numismatics Collection to the Gallery from Yale’s Sterling Memorial Library. A rare group of late 19th-century lunettes and ceiling—donated to the Gallery after they were removed from the Collis Huntington mansion on Fifth Avenue when it was demolished in 1926—have been restored and will be on view for the first time. In addition to new displays, recently acquired objects from all collection areas—including Japanese screens, African antiquities, Roman portraits, 19th-century American painting, and contemporary sculptures, among many other examples—will be on view throughout the Gallery.

Gallery curators and the architects have collaborated in an effort to ensure that the new galleries meet the needs of the art that they will house. The galleries for modern and contemporary art will have 16-foot ceilings and vast interiors to allow for large-scale works, while European art will occupy a series of more intimate galleries.
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