Talks

Art in Context | “John McHale and the Independent Group”

Free admission

Rachel Stratton, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Yale Center for British Art

Serveral works by John McHale are on view in Interior Dialogues: Works from the Collection, which explores themes that relate to the body, domestic space, and the collage technique. Executed on a small scale that encourages close looking, each artwork reveals a private world unique to the artist. Figures are rendered with informal familiarity, becoming vehicles for visual exploration. Representations of domestic space, whether real or imagined, are encoded with personal identities and a sense of belonging. The collages juxtapose nostalgic images from popular culture, evoking the introspective feel of a childhood scrapbook.

Art in Context

Presented by faculty, staff, student guides, and visiting scholars, these gallery talks focus on a particular work of art in the museum’s collections or special exhibitions through an in-depth look at its style, subject matter, technique, or time period.

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Interior Dialogues: Works from the Collection installation, second-floor galleries, Yale Center for British Art, photo by Richard Caspole

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John McHale, "Aluminum Head" (detail), 1956, from the John McHale Archive, ca. 1950–78, black ink on white paper and aluminum foil. Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Magda Cordell McHale
Exhibitions

Interior Dialogues: Works from the Collection

Wednesday, August 24, 2022–Sunday, January 22, 2023

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