Upcoming Exhibitions

Death of Rubén Salazar, 1986. Frank Romero (born 1941). Oil on canvas, 72 1/4 x 120 3/8 inches. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase made possible in part by the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment. © 1986, Frank Romero.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American ArtMarch 5, 2016 - May 29, 2016

Organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art presents the rich and varied contributions of Latino artists in the United States since the mid-20th century, when the concept of a collective Latino identity began to emerge. Our America showcases the rich diversity of Latino communities in the United States and features artists of Mexican, Puerto R... Read More

Aquatic Garden, 2015. Heather and Hitoshi Ujiie. Digital inkjet print on poly canvas, 60 x 224 inches. Courtesy of the artists.

DualityMay 14, 2016 - August 14, 2016

This community-curated Oulooks exhibition explores collaborative life-work partnerships. Heather Moqtaderi, Philadelphia-based curator and teacher, developed the concept for the exhibition and invited four artist couples—Gina Triplett and Matt Curtius, Shoko Teruyama and Matt Kelleher, Heather and Hitoshi Ujiie, and Trefny Dix and Bengt Hokanson—to create new works for Duality. Their paintings... 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

Absolutely Hilarious, 1997. Peter Williams (b. 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. 2011.008.001.

Dark Humor: African American Art from the 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

Black Doorway II, 1966. Elizabeth Osborne (born 1936). Oil on canvas with objects, 42 x 49 inches. Collection of the artist, courtesy of Locks Gallery. © Elizabeth Osborne.

Elizabeth Osborne: The SixtiesOctober 8, 2016 - January 8, 2017

Philadelphia-based artist Elizabeth Osborne (born 1936) is best known for her glowing landscapes and seascapes. She is also known for her her interior and figurative paintings which were influenced by Richard Diebenkorn and Color Field painters such as Helen Frankenthaler. Following her graduation from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Osborne spent a year in the mid-1960s studying in Par... Read More

The Tea Party from Babes in the Woods, 2013. Margaret Bowland (born 1953). Oil on linen, 64 x 78 inches. Courtesy of Driscoll Babcock Galleries, New York. © Margaret Bowland.

Truth & Vision: 21st Century RealismOctober 22, 2016 - January 22, 2017

Inspired by Robert C. Jackson’s 2014 publication, Behind the Easel: The Unique Voices of 20 Contemporary Representational Painters, this exhibition surveys the state of realistic painting at the start of the 21st century. Indicative of this moment are two trends in representational painting–the depiction of the natural world and the creation of fantastic imaginings. Featuring artists from thro... Read More