From March 24 through December 3, 2023, a selection of more than 60 paintings from the Yale Center for British Art will be on view at the Yale University Art Gallery. The exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to engage with the YCBA’s collection while the museum is closed to the public for a building conservation project. The exhibition spans four centuries of British landscape and portraiture traditions. Highlights include Francis Bacon’s Study of a Head (1952); several of John Constable’s atmospheric Cloud Studies (1821–25); James McNeill Whistler’s Nocturne in Blue and Silver (1872–78); Sir Peter Paul Rubens’s Peace Embracing Plenty (1633–34), and J. M. W. Turner’s Dort or Dordrecht: The Dort Packet-Boat from Rotterdam Becalmed (1818). Several of these paintings were on view at the Gallery in 2015, where they were featured in The Critique of Reason: Romantic Art, 1760– 1860, the first major collaborative exhibition between the two Yale art museums.
In a New Light will occupy the special-exhibition galleries on the fourth floor of the Gallery’s Kahn building, which opened in 1953 and was the architect’s first significant commission and the first modernist structure on Yale’s campus. Directly across the street, Kahn’s final building, the YCBA, was completed after his death and opened to the public in 1977.