In Focus

Twelve Hour Admission Sketch Problem (July 1905). Shepherd Stevens Papers (MS 865), Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library

Exhibition on view March 1 - August 19, 2016

An American in Paris features drawings and other documents bequeathed to Yale University Library by Shepherd Stevens, a professor of architecture at Yale (1920-1947) who studied at the renowned Ėcole des Beaux-Arts in Paris in the early twentieth century (1905-1908). This selection of items from the Shepherd Stevens Papers, housed in the architectural archives at Sterling Memorial Library, provides a glimpse of student life and pedagogy at the Ėcole, as well as the early Beaux-Arts curriculum at Yale.  Curated by Suzanne Noruschat, Architecture Records Archivist, Manuscripts & Archives

Yale Center for British Art, fourth floor, Long Gallery following reinstallation, photograph by Richard Caspole

The Yale Center for British Art reopens this week after a multi-year project to conserve its iconic building designed by Louis I. Kahn. The galleries have been refreshed and new spaces for study and teaching have been created. Accessibility of the building has also been improved.

The collection has been reinstalled under the theme Britain and the World and includes over five hundred works tracing British art from the Protestant Reformation to the present. The two-floor installation examines the impact of foreign influences on British art and the role of the arts in Britain’s imperial activities.

Opening events happened throughout the day on Wednesday, May 11th; a full-day community event is planned for this Saturday, May 14th, with film screenings, tours, activities, and music. You can also stop by and see our colleagues at the Yale Center for British Art Reference Library and Archives from 10am-5pm!

For more information, see the Yale Center for British Art’s website at