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In 2016, the Long Gallery, on the fourth floor, was restored to the original conception of the space as a study gallery, as formulated by the Center’s founding director, Jules Prown, and as designed by architect Louis I. Kahn. The space comprises an elegant sweep of seven bays in which approximately 240 works represent ensembles of subjects including beaches and coastlines, the British Empire, the British theater, castles, Celia Paul’s friends (selected by Hilton Als), families, gardens, “the horse and sporting art,” interiors, portraits of artists, ”RA 250—Celebrating 250 Years of the Royal Academy of Arts,” ”text and textile,” war and the military, and “women of distinction.” The addition of the Collections Seminar Room at the end of the gallery allows faculty and students to request an up-close examination of paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings that are not currently on display.
A thematic wall, “text and textile,” accompanied the exhibition Text & Textile, which was on view at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale from May 3 to August 12, 2018.
For more information about objects displayed in the Long Gallery, use Yale Guest Wi-Fi to download the following guide:
Long Gallery Guide (pdf; 1.45 mb)