This comprehensive and lively installation explores the work of one of America's original "Mad Men." McCauley ("Mac") Conner (born 1913) created advertising campaigns for a variety of products during the decade when the advertising industry was at its height and centered on Madison Avenue. His illustrations for leading women's magazines such as Redbook and McCall's animated a wide range of popular literature, from romantic fiction and detective stories, to topics of import such as Cold War anxiety and juvenile delinquency. His work is a "time capsule" of an era when commercial artists helped to redefine American style and culture. "The Original Mad Man: Illustrations" by Mac Conner was developed by the Museum of the City of New York and co-sponsored by the Modern Graphic History Library, Washington University in St. Louis, the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, and the Norman Rockwell Museum. This exhibition is made possible by the Edgar A. Thronson Foundation Illustration Exhibition Fund.
Assemblage is a group of 17 women artists from the greater Philadelphia area. While the artists exhibit individually throughout the region, they work toward exhibiting collectively once a year. The artists work in various media and include the figure, animals, architecture, nature, and both realistic and abstract forms in their designs. Painting, printmaking, and drawing with bright colors and monochrome tones, three-dimensional pieces, and found objects contribute to the diversity of artistic styles.
Loosen up after a long day with a retro-inspired happy hour by Toscana and Mad Men-era illustrations on view in the exhibition "The Original Mad Man: Illustrations by Mac Conner." Mingle with friends outside on the terrace or come indoors to tour the galleries.
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. Visit delart.org for a full list of featured books.
Enjoy a shadow puppetry play about a timeless Chinese love story. Chang-Er Flies to the Moon by Chinese Theatre Works explores the famous legend of the Chinese Moon goddess and her husband, the archer/hero Ho Yi. This program is presented in partnership with the Chinese American Community Center.
This noontime lunch series on the first Friday of every month pairs an engaging 30-minute discussion about a work of art with a delicious lunch in the Thronson Café. Café lunch voucher included in the price.
Presented by 302 Guns Down and Guerilla Republik. Join 302 Guns Down for a showcase of women artists in hip-hop culture with breakdancing workshops, DJs, poetry, and graffiti artists. Work from local artists will also be on view. Connected programs are produced by the community, for the community. For a full list of events, details, and how to get involved, visit delart.org.
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! This series is sponsored by AT&T
Presented by Latin American Community Center, Helen F. Graham Cancer Center at Christiana, and Cancer Support Community Delaware. Enjoy an evening of entertainment, creating, and inspiration with art created by breast cancer patients and survivors and a series of healing arts workshops. Meet local women who have walked the path of cancer, and learn about cancer prevention and therapeutic initiatives in our community. Connected programs are produced by the community, for the community. For a full list of events, details, and how to get involved, visit delart.org.
Teachers, enjoy light appetizers and drinks as you browse the galleries and discover upcoming programs that can enhance your classroom. Bring your sketchbook and draw models dressed in vintage clothing from the 1950s and ‘60s with special guest Dr. Sketchy's Philly. One free drink per educator. Register online at delart.org.
Get your sketch books and pencils ready to draw retro fashion from the 1950s and ‘60s. Dr. Sketchy's Philly models will pose in vintage clothing while sketchers draw and sip on cocktails. Guests can also enjoy illustrations depicting period fashion in the exhibition The Original Mad Man: Illustrations by Mac Conner. Drinks and food available for purchase in the Thronson Café.
The Devil's Diary: Alfred Rosenberg and the Stolen Secrets of the Third Reich is a World War II narrative wrapped in a riveting detective story by New York Times best-selling author and FBI National Art Crime Team founder Robert Wittman. This story chronicles Wittman's dramatic recovery of the long-lost diary of Alfred Rosenberg--the Nazi Party's chief ideologue--who laid the philosophical foundations for the Holocaust. Following sold-out lectures in 2012 and 2014, Wittman returns to the Delaware Art Museum to discuss his new book and the importance of the protection and recovery of manuscripts and lost artworks. The discussion will be immediately followed by a book signing.. Purchase tickets online or at the door (space permitting). For more information, visit delart.org. Sponsored by Northern Trust.
Presented by A.T. Moffett and the Delaware Division of the Arts at the baby grand. Re-Entry - A Performance Tribute to Veterans is a Delaware Division of the Arts supported project directed and choreographed by 2017 fellowship recipient A.T. Moffett. This dynamic performance piece begins with WWII and moves forward in time to present day military operations. Re-Entry blends dance choreography, original music, historic artifacts, and literary research with storytelling based on interviews with veterans and their families. Prior to the performance at the baby grand, there will be an informal preview and a workshop with veterans and the public held at the Delaware Art Museum. The workshop will address the themes of the production. If you are a veteran, know a veteran, or are a civilian interested in participating, please contact A.T. Moffett at email@example.com. The performance is presented in partnership with The Grand Opera House. There is no fee for the preview, workshop, or performance. Advanced registration recommended for the workshop and to the performance at the baby grand. To register, visit delart.org. Museum Preview: Thursday, September 7 at the Museum, 6:00 p.m. Workshop: Saturday, October 21 at the Museum, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Performance: Friday, November 10 at the baby grand, 7:00 p.m. (Please note that the main performance will take place at the baby grand, 818 N Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.)
During the years before she was published, Shelly Reuben worked at various advertising agencies in New York City and experienced first-hand the excitement and drama of life as it is portrayed in The Best of Everything. In this romantic movie, three ambitious women of 1950s Manhattan contend with romantic disappointments, office politics, and the threat that their dreams for a fulfilling career will be cut short by marriage, children, and inertia. Inspired by Mac Conner's illustrations, this screening and talk will draw comparisons between Conner's imagery of women and the lifestyle, fashion, and careers of women.
Presented by Emad Hemede. Emad Jano Hemede is a painter and sculptor from Syria. In this installation and performance piece, Hemede creates a dance floor designed with Middle Eastern patterns in flour and destroys it through an interpretive dance performance. The flour symbolizes life in its fragile form and the performance illustrates how the peace and beauty that previously existed in Syria is now shattered by conflict. Rain Date: Sunday, September 17.
Richard Cleaver creates elaborate figurative sculptures full of hidden compartments to capture the lives and secrets of historical figures and personal acquaintances. Cleaver received his bachelor of fine arts degree from Maryland Institute College of Art and completed a master of fine arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The artist is fascinated by monarchies, mythology, and religion and these themes form the subjects of his work. Constructing the sculptures in clay, Cleaver then paints meticulous patterns and applies precious and semi-precious stones to create the sumptuously decorated surfaces.Tableau: The Art of Richard Cleaver surveys the artist's most recent sculptures and the private worlds they reveal.
Drop-in to the Museum galleries and explore a topic or idea through writing inspired by prompts--visual or written. These informal gatherings allow participants of all experience levels to write "in the moment" with the hope of unearthing new materials and perspectives. No writing experience required. Advanced registration recommended. Register online at delart.org. Sept 21 Ekphrastic Poetry with Jane Miller; Sept 24 Landscapes with Lisa Dill; Oct 19 Mystery/Crime with Dennis Lawson; Oct 29 Horror with Jessa Mendez.
Celebrate the beginning of fall and participate in Peace Week Delaware with a walk in the Delaware Art Museum Labyrinth! There is no fee for this program, but donations are accepted to help maintain the Museum's Labyrinth. Peace Week Delaware is a statewide effort to create a culture of peace and nonviolence through social, racial, and economic justice. Now in its second year, it is a project of the Movement for a Culture of Peace.