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Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy. Wilmington, DE 19806
302-571-9590
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      Black Survival Guide, or How to Live Through a Police Riot
    • Wednesday, September 26, 2018
    • The Delaware Art Museum commissioned a project by New York-based artist Hank Willis Thomas which explores identity, history, and the actions motivating contemporary society. Thomas will interpret and employ archival materials from the Delaware Historical Society and photographs of the 1968 demonstrations and National Guard occupation in Wilmington taken by News Journal staff for the creation of a new work of art. Thomas' work will engage the viewer in analyzing hidden histories from Wilmington's challenging past.
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      Gifts from the Hotel du Pont Collection
    • Wednesday, September 26, 2018
    • In 2017, the Delaware Art Museum received 13 works of art previously on display in the Hotel du Pont in downtown Wilmington. The gift included watercolors by Andrew Wyeth and oil paintings by N.C. Wyeth, Frank Schoonover, and Edward Loper. Adorning the building's public spaces, the hotel's collection was formed over several decades to support local artists. The Museum is honored to keep these works in the community where they were produced, collected, and enjoyed for generations. A grant from the Bank of America Art Conservation Project makes the conservation and exhibition of these important works possible. This exhibition is organized by the Delaware Art Museum.
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      Summer Happy Hours
    • Thursday, September 27, 2018
    • Relax and unwind after a long day with the Museum's popular Happy Hour series. Mingle with friends and enjoy live music on the terrace or tour the galleries indoors. Special themed nights will be scheduled throughout the summer. Bar and light fare will be available from Toscana at the Thronson Cafe. Dogs on leashes are welcome outside on the Terrace and in the Copeland Sculpture Garden. Happy Hours will take place inside the Museum during inclement weather. Museum galleries are open with free admission every Thursday from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. May 24, June 7, July 19, Aug 16, Sept 13: Destination Unknown May 31, June 28, July 26, Aug 23, Sept 27: Ed Dwornik June 14, July 5, Aug 2, Sept 6: Seth Tillman June 21, Aug 9, Aug 30, Sept 20: Joseph Whitney Street Band July 12: Edgewater Avenue
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      Concerts on Kentmere 10th Anniversary Season
    • Thursday, September 27, 2018
    • Concerts on Kentmere presents chamber music performances by Pyxis Piano Quartet, the Museum's ensemble in residence. During their 10th anniversary season, Pyxis-Luigi Mazzocchi (violin), Amy Leonard (viola), Jennifer Jie Jin (cello), and Hiroko Yamazaki (piano) will present three exhilarating Thursday evening concerts that explore the relationship between chamber music and the rich visual holdings of the Museum.Sept 27 Musical Response: Black Survival Guide, or How to Live Through a Police Riot 7:30 p.m. Gallery Talks - 8:00 p.m. Concerts
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      DelArt Readers: Book Club
    • Thursday, September 27, 2018
    • Each month, the DelArt Readers will select a book, collection of articles, or film with a creative slant. These boundary-crossing readings will provide opportunity to question, debate, and champion texts of every kind. Meetings occasionally take place off site to explore and embrace the creative community of greater Wilmington. RSVP encouraged but not required--email ejarvis@delart.org. Open to Members and Non-Members. Sept 27 The Rescue Artist, Edward Dolnick. Oct 25 What's so contemporary about craft? (selected articles). Nov 29 The Muralist, B.A. Shapiro. Last Thursdays - 6:00 p.m. - Location: Thronson Café
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      Happy Hours
    • Thursday, September 27, 2018
    • Relax and unwind after a long day with the Museum's popular Happy Hour series. Enjoy live music on the terrace with friends or tour the galleries indoors. Special themed nights will be scheduled throughout the summer. Cocktails and specialty drinks available for purchase. Dogs are welcome outside on the Terrace and in the Copeland Sculpture Garden. For the month of September, Happy Hours will conclude at 7:00 p.m. Happy Hours will take place inside the Museum during inclement weather.
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      Glory of Stories
    • Friday, September 28, 2018
    • Glory of Stories introduces young visitors to art and the Museum through a story reading followed by an interactive tour of relevant works of art and a studio art project. This program encourages learning through discovery, exploration, and hands-on experiences. Ages 2 and up. Aug 3 Last Stop on Market Street, Matt De La Peña and Christian Robinson Aug 10 Little Melba and Her Big Trombone, Katheryn Russell-Brown Aug 17 Iggy Peck, Architect, Andrea Beaty and David Roberts Aug 24 Duck on a Bike, David Shannon Aug 31 Miss Rumphius, Barbara Cooney Sept 7 Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Bill Martin Jr. Sept 14 How I Became a Pirate, Melinda Long Sept 21 The Incredible Book-Eating Boy, Oliver Jeffers Sept 28 The Imaginary Garden, Andrew Larsen Oct 5 Julián is a Mermaid, Jessica Love Oct 12 Mouse Paint, Ellen Stoll Walsh Oct 19 A Bad Case of Stripes, David Shannon Oct 26 Special Halloween Edition: Wear your costume! Life Doesn't Frighten Me, Maya Angelou Nov 2 A Tree is Nice, Janice May Udry Nov 9 Hairs/Pelitos, Sandra Cisneros Nov 16 The Stranger, Chris Van Allsburg Nov 23 Bear Says Thanks, Karma Wilson Nov 30 The Runaway Giant, Adelaide Holl
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      Korean Festival
    • Saturday, September 29, 2018
    • Participate in a cultural exchange with activities and performances exploring both traditional and modern Korean culture and celebrating ChuSeok, the Korean Thanksgiving. Activities include traditional dance, K-Pop dance, Korean martial arts demonstrations, and hands-on art projects. View artwork by the Delaware Korean School students and sample Korean food. All ages. In partnership with the Korean American Association of Delaware.
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      Gallery Talk with Juror Paul Sacaridiz
    • Saturday, September 29, 2018
    • Walk through the Juried Craft Exhibition with juror Paul Sacaridiz as he answers questions about the field of contemporary craft and how he selected the artists for this special exhibition.
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      Spotlight Tours
    • Saturday, October 6, 2018
    • Enjoy a tour of the Museum's Collection through a new lens Saturdays, September 15 & 22, October 6 & 13 - 2:00 p.m. Local Pride: Art and Artists from Greater Wilmington
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      Bang on a Can All-Stars
    • Thursday, October 11, 2018
    • Formed in 1992, the Bang on a Can All-Stars are recognized worldwide for their ultra-dynamic live performances and recordings of today's most innovative music. Freely crossing the boundaries between classical, jazz, rock, world, and experimental music, this six-member amplified ensemble has consistently forged a distinct category-defying identity, taking music into uncharted territories. Performing each year throughout the U.S. and internationally, the All-Stars have shattered the definition of what concert music is today. Tickets available at delart.org.
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      Sunday Studio
    • Sunday, October 14, 2018
    • Each month, adults and children can create art together and experiment with new materials, techniques, and themes in the Bank of America Education Wing Studios - no reservations required! Recommended for ages 6+ and adults. Free. Aug 12: Artist Activist Sept 9: Artistic Instruments Oct 14: Paper Sculptures Nov 11: Fantastic Felting
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      Juried Craft Exhibition
    • Saturday, October 20, 2018
    • For more than 90 years, the Delaware Art Museum has showcased contemporary craft by artists working locally and throughout the region. The Museum's first juried Contemporary Crafts Show was formally established in 1958. Since then, a rich array of woodwork, ceramics, furniture, jewelry, textiles, metalwork, glass, enamel, and leather has been selected by jurors from museums and universities located throughout the United States. Selected by Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Director and juror, Paul Sacaridiz, the 2018 Juried Craft Exhibition celebrates this long history. This exhibition is organized by the Delaware Art Museum. Support provided by the Emily DuPont Exhibition Fund.
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      Kids' Corner Family Workshops: Creative Power
    • Sunday, October 21, 2018
    • Enjoy creative time and art-making in Kids' Corner with resident family, the Silvermans! Young visitors and their families will discover the power of art through activities inspired by the new Kids' Corner installation.
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      Creative Power Family Workshops
    • Sunday, October 21, 2018
    • Enjoy creative time and art making in Kids' Corner with resident family, the Silvermans! Young visitors and their families will discover the power of art through art activities inspired by the Kids' Corner installation.
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      Penny the Piano Foster Community Day
    • Sunday, October 21, 2018
    • Join the foster community and arts organizations for the official launch of Foster the Arts, a nonprofit organization that connects foster children to enriching arts and cultural opportunities in their home state. Learn about the unique experience of foster children through story readings, musical performances, and art activities based on the children's book Penny the One of a Kind Piano written by Suzanne Jackson and illustrated by Bob Jackson. All ages. Presented by Foster the Arts
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      Craft Night
    • Thursday, October 25, 2018
    • Adults learn a craft technique and make a work of art to take home. Wine and refreshments will be available in the café while you create. Oct 25Costume workshop.
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      Día de los Muertos Family Event
    • Sunday, October 28, 2018
    • Celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)--the traditional Mexican holiday honoring ancestors and friends who have passed. This family-friendly event features art activities, folkloric performances, an exhibition of a traditional Day of the Dead altar, and costumes inspired by the Disney animated film Coco. Free. All ages. In partnership with Hispanic American Association of Delaware.
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      Día de los Muertos Luminaria Labyrinth Walk
    • Friday, November 2, 2018
    • Celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with a labyrinth walk illuminated by tea lights and traditional Day of the Dead activities. There is no fee for this program, but donations are accepted to help maintain the Museum's Labyrinth. In partnership with Hispanic American Association of Delaware
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      Politics & Paint: Barbara Bodichon & the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
    • Saturday, November 3, 2018
    • Pre-Raphaelite painter and women's rights campaigner Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon (1827-1891) was an early female participant in the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Landscape was Bodichon's preferred genre, and her style reflects Pre-Raphaelite principles of careful observation and detailed rendering. As a tireless reformer and champion of women's rights, Bodichon developed strategies to extend university education to women. In 1854, she published her Brief Summary of the Laws of England Concerning Women, which was later used to promote the passage of the Married Women's Property act of 1882. This exhibition examines Bodichon's process and features watercolor sketches and drawings from her travels. The approximately 30 works are drawn from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection at the University of Delaware and recent acquisitions in the Museum's permanent collection. In 2016, the Museum acquired the watercolor Ventnor, Isle of Wight (1856), which became the inspiration for this exhibition. This exhibition is organized by the Delaware Art Museum.
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      Craft Night
    • Thursday, November 8, 2018
    • Adults learn a craft technique and make a work of art to take home. Wine and refreshments will be available in the café while you create. Nov 8Holiday wearables.
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      Artist Demonstration
    • Sunday, November 11, 2018
    • Visit with artists from the Juried Craft Exhibition and watch as they demonstrate their craft techniques.
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      Connected Series: Taking Center Stage - Women Composers, Then & Now
    • Sunday, November 25, 2018
    • University of Delaware (UD) Music faculty members Sheila Brown and Julie Nishimura will perform a program highlighting the role of women composers in classical music. UD Musicology Professor Dr. Phil Gentry will also talk about the role of gender in society affecting women composers in the 20th and 21st centuries. Presented by University of Delaware Music Department. 1:30 p.m. Pre-Concert Talk - 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.