Emily Feldstein '16 of Scarsdale and Anna Meixler '16 of White Plains are two of eight Yale undergraduate students who organized a special exhibition at the Yale Center for British Art, "Art in Focus: Wales." The students, who act as guides at the museum, will lead a discussion at an opening of the exhibit Friday, Apr. 4, at 4 pm in New Haven.
The spring exhibit explores the history of Welsh landscape and ruins and the bardic tradition through oil paintings, finished water colors, and plein-air sketches from the Center's collection.
It features works from such artists as Richard Wilson, Thomas Rolandson, James Ward, J.M.W. Turner, David Cox, Thomas Girtin, John Martin, John Linnell, William Blake, and Samuel Palmer.
Feldstein, Meixler and their fellow student curators will introduce the exhibition and the artists' work on the second-floor galleries. A reception in the museum's Library Court will follow. The event is free and open to the public.
The Yale Center for British Art is at 1080 Chapel St. in New Haven. The Center holds the largest and most comprehensive collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. Its collections were the gift of Paul Mellon '29 and includes over 2,000 paintings, over 200 sculptures, and water colors, sketches and rare books. The Center (below) opened its doors to the public in 1977.
"The Wales exhibition has the flow and sense of a sonatina," The Yale Daily News observed, "traveling from theme to theme with few hiccups." It added, "The student guides have done hard work in curating the exhibit, and it shows."
For more about the exhibition, click also Art-in-Focus-Wales.