Between 1900 and 1910, John Sloan produced a weekly series of word and picture puzzles for the Sunday supplement of the Philadelphia Press, one of the country's leading illustrated newspapers. The Puzzling World of John Sloan will explore this little-known facet of Sloan's early newspaper career, presenting more than 25 works from the Museum's collection. On view for the first time, the puzzles demonstrate the artist's imagination and verbal and visual wit, as well as the fluid boundaries between fine art and newspaper illustration in the first decade of the 20th century. This exhibition encourages visitors to solve Sloan's complex puzzles.
During the 1970s and 1980s, Wilmingtonians witnessed a flourishing artistic community and the establishment of many of the cultural pillars that continue to support the visual and performing arts within the city today. Organizations such as the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, the Delaware Humanities Forum, and the Delaware Theatre Company were founded during this period, as well as commercial galleries and city-supported arts initiatives. This landmark exhibition will plot the development of artistic trends within the Wilmington community and their relation to national creative trends during these two decades, showcasing craft and design, drawing, painting, performance art, photography, and sculpture. A comprehensive publication and a rich program of dance, film, music, and theatre will accompany the exhibition.
A masterful colorist, Pyle imbued his paintings and drawings with drama and emotion. His dedication to accurate historical detail, combined with a Romantic sensibility, lent a convincing realism to his scenes. Pyle's "students" were mostly practicing illustrators, many of them already published, who came for critiques rather than for lessons.
Sloan's images of pedestrians and public places helped define New York City in the popular imagination. He was also a skilled landscape and portrait artist. Delaware Art Museum is home to the largest collection of Sloan's work.
Howard Pyle painted a set of nine mural panels for the drawing room of his Wilmington home. Delaware Art Museum will be exhibiting these panels in one of the Vinton Illustration galleries on the second floor.
This exhibition brings together three contemporary artists who reshape raw materials into new forms. Richard H. Bailey, Helen Mason and Stan Smokler use materials such as stone, rubber tires and recycled steel to create works ranging from stylized to abstract.
"Art Is Social" is a free, after-hours event celebrating the final weeks of the landmark exhibition "Dream Streets: Art in Wilmington 1970-1990." Highlights include 10+ food trucks, fashion trucks, live hip-hop, music, gallery tours, demos and more.
Presented in celebration of the Korean Thanksgiving, "Chuseok," this free, family-friendly event features a variety of traditional and modern cultural activities, including a harvest ceremony, martial arts demonstrations, a fashion show, dance performances, music and hands-on art projects. Artwork created by students from the Delaware Korean School will be on display.
Helen Farr Sloan was a painter, a printmaker, and an art instructor who dedicated most of her career to promoting the art of her husband, the realist painter and illustrator John Sloan (1871-1951). Since her death in 2005, the Museum has received a substantial number of Helen Farr Sloan's prints, drawings, and paintings--from her own estate and as donations in her memory. This exhibition showcases her art and honors her legacy as an artist, philanthropist, and resource for generations of scholars of American art.