yale center for british art
The staff of the Yale Center for British Art is excited about becoming part of the West Campus community and is actively engaged in the planning process. Its new space at West Campus will enable the Center to store its holdings of modern and contemporary art (currently housed in leased space), as well as anticipated gifts of large numbers of works of art. Whereas basement storage areas in the Center’s landmark building by Louis Kahn on Chapel Street house the extensive Mellon Collection and are not readily accessible to students and scholars, West Campus will afford real opportunities for browsable storage and adjacent classrooms where curators and conservators, faculty and students, as well as visiting scholars, will be able to study the collections, either individually or in groups. Close proximity to the collections of the Yale University Art Gallery and Peabody Museum will offer enhanced possibilities for interdisciplinary teaching.
The Center’s staff looks forward to strengthening bonds with colleagues from sister institutions as they work alongside one another in shared spaces, such as the objects conservation lab and well-equipped woodshop for the fabrication of exhibition furniture, at West Campus. In addition, the Center’s ongoing efforts to catalogue and digitize its holdings will benefit greatly from access to a digitization lab, a 3D imaging lab, and most especially from the Center’s involvement with the University’s new conservation research laboratory planned for West Campus.
Enhanced security measures were incorporated for areas where collections are kept. They include multiple levels of electronic card access, intrusion alarms, and closed circuit television systems all of which are monitored 24/7 redundantly by UL certified Alarm Central Stations.