Explore the Arts

Greater New Haven continues to raise the cultural bar with memorable exhibits, events and performances. Annual events include the two-week extravaganza of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, country fairs, craft festivals, summer concert series and City-wide Open Studios in October.
Visual art lovers will enjoy strolling through our many galleries and museums, including the Yale Center for British Art and the Yale University Art Gallery. Smaller galleries throughout the region showcase the painting, pottery, sculpture and jewelry created by local artists.
Theater-goers can catch both traditional and progressive shows at the Shubert, Yale Repertory and Long Wharf theaters in New Haven.
Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St., New Haven. The Center houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom, which reflects the development of British art and culture from the Elizabethan period onward. Free and open to the public. Offers exhibitions and programs, including lectures, concerts, films, symposia, tours, and family events. Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday, noon–5 p.m. 203-432-2800, 877-BRIT-ART, britishart.yale.edu
Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven. Yale University Art Gallery is the oldest college art museum in America. The Gallery’s encyclopedic holdings, 200,000 objects, range from ancient times to the present day and represent civilizations from around the globe. Free and open to the public. Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. (September-June); Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Handicapped accessible. 203-432-0600, artgallery.yale.edu
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Ave., New Haven. From dinosaurs to diamonds, meteorites to mummies, the Peabody engages visitors of all ages with a wide range of exhibits and programs. Annual festivals, Discovery Room, Museum Store. $13 adults, $9 seniors, $6 ages 3-18 and college students. Under age 3 free. Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday noon-5 p.m. 203-432-5050, peabody.yale.edu
Public Art
Felice Varini’s “Square with four circles”, 1 Temple St. New Haven. A 110 foot-tall, anamorphic wall mural by internationally-acclaimed artist, Felice Varini. This artwork remains the only large scale outdoor piece in North America by this important artist. It was commissioned by Site Projects | New Haven in 2010. Free. siteprojects.org/felice-varini-square-with-four-circles-new-haven-2010
Swoon’s “Katherine G.”, 873 Whalley Ave., New Haven. An expressive, full-length wheat-paste portrait by famous street artist, Swoon. Part of a three-piece wheat paste mural series commissioned by Site Projects | New Haven in 2014. Free. siteprojects.org/swoon-in-new-haven-2014#

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