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.

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Portable Fire: A History of Match SafesSeptember 13, 2014 - March 15, 2015

In the mid-19th century, the small utilitarian cases made to hold the modern striking match evolved into an array of imaginative designs, inventive techniques, and seemingly endless subjects in miniature. Over 300 match safes—including 60 rare examples, and a broad selection mass-produced by the rapidly-developing technologies of the late 19th century—will be on view in this community-curated ... Read More

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Performance NowJuly 12, 2014 - September 21, 2014

Curated by RoseLee Goldberg and co-organized by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York and Performa, New York, Performance Now presents a survey of visual performance art at the start of the 21st century. Goldberg first mapped the development of this art form in her seminal 1979 book, Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present. In 2004, she founded Performa, the international organi... Read More

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Retro·active: Performance Art from 1964–1987June 14, 2014 - September 21, 2014

Organized to complement the Museum’s showing of Performance Now, Retro·active presents a historical view of performance art. This important genre exploded onto the scene in the mid-1960s and has developed over the past 50 years to incorporate dance, music, theater, technology, and audience participation and to address aesthetic, personal, social, economic, and political concerns. Six groundbrea... Read More