The Center offers a rich array of public programs throughout the year, offering visitors unique opportunities to attend talks, film screenings, and performances by renowned artists, scholars, directors, musicians, and performers. Full details can be found in the Calendar.


A varied program of films is screened each semester. Ranging from classic to contemporary titles, the films complement the Center’s special exhibitions as well as the permanent collection. The Center also collaborates regularly with the Yale Film Study Center, screening rare 35 mm prints at the Whitney Humanities Center.


Concert performances range from classical chamber music to jazz, contemporary, and world music. Chamber music concerts, which take place at 12:30 pm on selected Wednesdays, are often performed by students from the Yale School of Music in the intimacy of the Center’s Library Court.

Theatrical and dance performances by well-known artists, theater, and dance groups are also offered throughout the year.

Talks and Lectures

The Center's regular offering of lectures on British art and culture are often related to the special exhibitions on view.

Art in Context talks, which take place on selected Tuesdays at 12:30 pm, are thirty-minute gallery talks led by faculty, staff, and visiting scholars.

Art Circles, which take place on select Thursdays at 12:30 pm in the Center's galleries, are thirty-minute discussions led by Jaime Ursic, artist and Assistant Curator of Education. Each discussion explores a different highlight of the collection.

Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend

The Center will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday (Thursday, November 27), but will resume normal hours on Friday, November 28.

Visit this weekend to see three special exhibitions, one of which is closing on November 30—Sculpture Victorious. There is also a Black Friday (November 28) promotion in the Museum Shop. On this day, visitors will enjoy a store-wide 10% discount, refreshments, free gift wrapping, and a range of affordable gifts for everyone on your list (see the gift guide featuring 25 gifts under $25).