Road Trip: Yale University Art Gallery

Unlike my previous road trip recommendation this one means you have to leave the state. Still, visiting the Yale University Art Gallery is well worth the trip. Like Harvard, Yale has a remarkable collection and the galleries are small enough that it can be taken in over the course of an afternoon.

It’s a couple of hours from Boston. We did it as an add-on trip coming back from New York. That’s a pretty great way to do it as it breaks up the drive nicely. We added lunch at Heirloom.

There are some real standouts in the collection. Van Gogh’s Le café de nuit is the most obvious blockbuster, but as you can see you can slo take in works by artists as diverse as Manet, Basquiat, Motherwell and Bronzino over the course of an afternoon. I was personally very impressed with the excellent collection of works by the American Thomas Eakins. It was the best concentration of his work I’ve seen outside of Philadelphia and it was a real highlight of the afternoon.






Van Gogh

Recommended Day Trip: Smith College Museum of Art for When in Rome: Prints & Photographs, 1550–1900 (and more)


I headed out to Smith College for When in Rome: Prints & Photographs, 1550–1900 this past weekend and I thought it was a great show. I’m a nut for Rome and I love Piranesi so I was predisposed to enjoy the show. Still, it’s really well put together. The way that they paired works from different eras and media together to show how la citta eterna has changed over time is fascinating. I found myself poring over images, trying to match landmarks. Being able to compare and contrast the different views was a real treat.

The rest of the collection is worth seeing, as well. Works by Bellows, Sargent, and Eakins were among the highlights for me of the strong American collection.

Time is running out for the When in Rome exhibit, but if you’ve got the time, it’s worth the effort to get out there to check it out.