Current Exhibitions

The Delaware Art Museum regularly presents major traveling exhibitions, offering the community an opportunity to become familiar with a wide variety of artists and artistic movements. The Museum also displays smaller exhibitions, often assembled from its permanent collection, to complement larger shows or to bring select works to light.

Absolutely Hilarious, 1997. Peter Williams (born 1952). Oil on canvas, 60 x 60 inches. University Museums purchase made possible through the generous support of Donald Puglisi, Coleman Townsend, Cynthia Primo Martin, Teresa Mason and Margaret Andersen. Image © Peter Williams.

Dark Humor: African American Art from the University Museums, University of DelawareJuly 16, 2016 - September 25, 2016

The term “black humor”–also known as “dark humor”–was coined by surrealist André Breton in 1935 to designate a subgenre of comedy in which pleasure arises from topics generally considered taboo. Dark Humor: African American Art from the University of Delaware presents work by contemporary black artists who employ this type of subversive humor to question the currency of cultural and r... Read More

“The reason you are all becoming extinct is that you can't take a joke.” 1977. Edward Koren. Pen and ink on bond paper. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Edward Koren: The Capricious LineJune 25, 2016 - September 18, 2016

This exhibition celebrates the career of Edward Koren (born 1935)–renowned cartoonist, graphic satirist, and long-standing contributor to The New Yorker. Through approximately 50 original pen-and-ink, watercolor, and pencil cartoons–on tour for the first time–Koren deftly articulates the neuroses of contemporary society with his distinctive drawing style, relatable characters, and wry critic... Read More

Genius of Art (detaila0, 1903 1905. Howard Pyle (1853-1911). Oil on canvas glued to plywood, 116 x 65 inches. Delaware Art Museum, Gift of Louisa du Pont Copeland, 1923.

Howard Pyle MuralsAugust 14, 2015 - December 31, 2020

Beginning in August 2015, the complete set of nine mural panels painted by Howard Pyle (1853 – 1911) for the drawing room of his home at 907 Delaware Avenue, Wilmington, Delaware will be semi-permanently installed in one of the Vinton Illustration galleries on the second floor of the Museum. Two of the panels were on view during the retrospective of Pyle’s work at the Museum in fall 2011. Ove... Read More