Yale University Art Gallery Collection-Sharing Initiative

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Between 2010-2012 the Hood Museum of Art took part in an innovative pilot program which enabled the Yale University Art Gallery (YUAG) to lend forty-seven ancient Mediterranean objects to the Hood for a two-year period beginning in December, 2010. Initiated by YUAG and funded by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this collection-sharing project is intended to foster intra- and inter-institutional collaboration and expand opportunities for Dartmouth faculty from all disciplines to teach from works of art. Central to the initiative is a program of strategic loans from Yale’s encyclopedic collection, comprising nearly 200,000 works, by six “partner museums” for use in specially developed projects and related coursework. The program was created based on the belief that, while technologies have increased access to museum collections, there is no substitute for the experience of learning from original works of art.

Dartmouth faculty and students from a range of disciplines, including art history, classics, religion, and history,  made use of both the Yale loans and works from the Hood collection to explore current debates about connoisseurship, provenance, and cultural patrimony, among other things. The project also produced this website and a documentary film.

Click here to read Yale’s press release about the collection-sharing initiative.

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