Events: Exhibitions

Please Note: In-person Yale events have been canceled or postponed as part of the university’s effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Event listings at are being updated as information becomes available.

July 19, 2019 to June 30, 2020
(All day) Ladies First Exhibit

This exhibit on the museum’s third floor pays tribute to the accomplishments and discoveries of women in STEM. Two dozen pioneering doctors, scientists, and engineers are highlighted in the exhibition, which was curated by the Peabody Museum’s EVOLUTIONS Afterschool Program. EVO provides 120 students from high schools in New Haven and West Haven experiences and instruction meant to inspire a passion for STEM and prepare them for college.

Location: Peabody Museum of Natural History

Open to: General Public

September 19, 2019 to August 14, 2020
(All day) A Herstory of Yale Divinity School: Women at YDS, 1907 - Today

Women have been active participants throughout the history of Yale Divinity School (YDS). They first made vital contributions to YDS as the wives of faculty and students, and then later as faculty, staff, students, and mentors themselves. This exhibit celebrates the personal accomplishments and contributions of the women of YDS to the life and legacy of the school. It spotlights twelve “Trailblazers”: some of first women students, faculty, and administrators of Yale Divinity School. The exhibit opens with Lottie Genevieve Bishop and Ethel Zivley Rather, the first women documented to have taken a course at YDS, during the 1907 academic year. It then moves through to the contemporary period by highlighting the recent appointment of Sarah Birmingham Drummond, the first woman installed as Dean of Andover Newton Seminary, in September 2019. The exhibit features leaders in the feminist movement and women’s ordained ministry, including The Rev. Dr. Emilie M. Townes, The Rev. E. Lee McGee Street, Margaret Farley, and others. These women describe their experiences in their own words, through archival writings and through newly digitized oral history interviews. This exhibit, located in the Day Missions Room and in the periodicals area on the first floor of the Divinity Library, will be on view through August 2020.

Location: Yale Divinity School, Divinity Library

Open to: General Public

October 14, 2019 to May 4, 2020
(All day) Student Research on the History of Women at Yale

In conjunction with the 50WomenatYale150 campus-wide celebration, two Yale College seniors have curated side-by-side exhibits on two different aspects of women at Yale using materials from library collections.

Curated by: Valentina Connell ‘20 and Mariana Melin-Corcoran ‘20

Read more about this exhibit

Location: Sterling Memorial Library, Exhibition Corridor

Open to: General Public

January 23, 2020 to May 19, 2020
(All day) Firsts and Founders: Early Women in Drama at Yale

As we celebrate 50 years of women in Yale College and 150 years of women in Yale’s graduate and professional schools, a glance back into the archives shows us that women have been students, faculty, and staff in the Yale School of Drama since its beginnings as the Department of Drama in 1924. Championed by founding chair George Pierce Baker, women made up one-third of the first classes in the Department of Drama and one of the four first teaching faculty. Women have been involved in all aspects of theater production at Yale from the earliest days, and they have brought their talents to teaching, writing, and creating theater around the world. This exhibition, drawn from materials in Arts Library Special Collections and Manuscripts and Archives, highlights just a few of those first women.

Curated by Lindsay King, Associate Director for Access and Research Services, Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University

Location: Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library

Open to: General Public

March 2, 2020 to June 26, 2020
(All day) Twelve Portraits: Studies of Women at Yale, by Tanya Marcuse

The portraits featured in this exhibit are drawn from a larger series of photographs by Tanya Marcuse (MFA ’90). The project was commissioned by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library in honor of the university-wide 50WomenatYale150 celebration, which aims “to showcase the depth of women’s contributions to Yale and to the world, to celebrate women at the university, and to inspire thoughtful conversation about the future of women at Yale and in the larger society.”

Location: Sterling Memorial Library, Memorabilia Room

Open to: General Public

April 8, 2020 to August 30, 2020
(All day) Art in Focus: Women From the Center

Art in Focus is an annual initiative by members of the Yale Center for British Art’s Student Guide Program, providing Yale undergraduates with curatorial experience and an introduction to all aspects of exhibition practice.  In conjunction with Yale University’s yearlong celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of coeducation in Yale College and the 150th anniversary of women students at Yale, the topic of this spring’s Art in Focusexhibition is British female artists.  The student curators for the exhibition include Emma Gray, SY ’21; Sunnie Liu, JE ’21; Annie Roberts, SY ’21; Christina Robertson, SM ’22; and Olivia Thomas, MC ’20.

Location: Yale Center for British Art, Second-floor Galleries

Open to: General Public

August 28, 2020 to December 15, 2020
(All day) Women in American Theater Exhibit

This exhibition will trace the involvement of women on, around, and behind the American stage from the beginnings of the nation to the present.

Location: Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Open to: General Public

August 28, 2020 to January 10, 2021
(All day) On the Basis of Art: 150 Years of Women at Yale

On the Basis of Art: 150 Years of Women at Yale showcases and celebrates the remarkable achievements of an impressive roster of women artists who have graduated from Yale University. Presented on the occasion of two major milestones—the 50th anniversary of coeducation at Yale College and the 150th anniversary of the first women students at the University, who came to study at the Yale School of the Fine Arts when it opened in 1869—the exhibition features works drawn entirely from the collection of the Yale University Art Gallery that span a variety of media, such as paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photography, and video.

Location: Yale University Art Gallery

Open to: General Public

December 3, 2020 to December 5, 2020
(All day) Woman/Artist

The department of the History of Art at Yale will host a 2-day conference entitled “Woman/Artist,” timed to coincide with these exhibitions, beginning with a keynote address by Anne Wagner (class of ’74). The aim of this conference will be to interrogate the category of the “woman artist,” famously addressed fifty years ago in Linda Nochlin’s groundbreaking essay of 1971, “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?,” and newly the subject of intense curatorial and art-market interest across the globe.

Location: Yale University Art Gallery

Open to: General Public