Exhibition celebrates generations of Yale-trained women artists

“On the Basis of Art” celebrates the achievements of generations of Yale-trained women artists. The show, postponed for a year due to the pandemic, marks the recent 50th anniversary of coeducation at Yale College and the 150th anniversary of the university’s first women students, who studied at the Yale School of the Fine Arts (now the Yale School of Art) when it opened its doors in 1869. It features works by 77 artists covering a range of media — painting, sculpture, drawing, print, photography, and video — drawn entirely from YUAG’s collections.

The show’s title references Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which denies federal funds to institutions that discriminate “on the basis of sex.”

A book, “On the Basis of Art: 150 Years of Women at Yale (Yale University Press)” — which features an introduction by Hodermarsky and essays by Helen A. Cooper, Linda Konheim Kramer, and Marta Kuzma — accompanies the exhibition.

The virtual tour is accessible through the museum’s mobile app and on its website.

Read more about the exhibition at this Yale News article.