In Focus

Letter A detail from Desideratum… (1874) by F.W. Devoe & Co. Arts Library Special Collections call number AOB 55

September 25–December 15, 2017

A letter is the smallest unit in an alphabetic system of writing, though this is only one of many systems for recording and transmitting language. Letterforms also have meaning beyond the speech sounds they represent. Their formal and material qualities bear witness to a long tradition of abstract symbols enabling the exchange of ideas. The flourish of a pen stroke or particular angle of a serif reveals technological constraints and stylistic conventions. The lines of letterforms are marks of re-creation, refinement, and reinterpretation.

Soldier –(oil on canvas)- approx.. 24”x36”

On Monday, September 18, the Haas Arts Library will be the first of several campus venues for a weeklong traveling showcase of artwork sponsored by the Yale Veterans Network (YVN). YVN is an affinity group designed to create a Yale community of veterans and to support career development and growth for all its members. YVN has an ongoing partnership with the Giant Steps Program, which is an art therapy program for veterans connected with VA Connecticut Healthcare.