Upcoming Exhibitions

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Nature Morte: Platinum Prints by Bruce KatsiffOctober 4, 2014 - January 25, 2015

For more than thirty years, photographer Bruce Katsiff has worked on the series Nature Morte. He collects the remains of birds and mammals—skulls, skeletons, bones, and feathers—which he arranges with other objects in his studio. His orderly compositions, evoking Renaissance cabinets of curiosities, are captured with a large-format view camera and printed in platinum and palladium. Surprising... Read More

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From Houdini to Hugo: The Art of Brian SelznickOctober 18, 2014 - January 11, 2015

From Houdini to Hugo: The Art of Brian Selznick presents over 100 paintings and drawings by this award-winning children’s author and illustrator. Selznick’s world includes images of characters as diverse as magician Harry Houdini, poet Walt Whitman, singer Marian Anderson, and the fictional Hugo Cabret—an orphan who lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, portrayed inThe Invention ... Read More

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Oscar Wilde’s Salomé: Illustrating Death and DesireFebruary 7, 2015 - May 10, 2015

Oscar Wilde’s Salomé: Illustrating Death and Desire will feature artists’ interpretations of this controversial play throughout the ages. The play was banned from production in London in 1893 and was not performed until three years later in Paris. Despite this controversy, the play’s publication, which included illustrations by the symbolist artist Aubrey Beardsley (1894), received signific... Read More

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Elliott Erwitt: Dog DogsMarch 7, 2015 - May 24, 2015

Elliott Erwitt barks at dogs. According to the renowned photographer, that is how he has caught some of his most memorable canine images. Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs features 65 of Erwitt’s best pictures of dogs. Photographed around the world between 1946 and 2004, this selection demonstrates the artist’s affectionate eye and love of surrealist juxtapositions. Funny, poignant, and beautifully com... Read More

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The Puzzling World of John SloanJune 6, 2015 - September 6, 2015

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 puzz... Read More

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Dream Streets: Art in Wilmington 1970–1990June 27, 2015 - September 27, 2015

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 comm... Read More

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Helen Farr Sloan, 1912–2005September 26, 2015 - January 10, 2016

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 show... Read More

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Poetry in Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelite Art of Marie Spartali StillmanNovember 7, 2015 - January 31, 2016

Marie Spartali Stillman (1844–1927) was one of a small number of professional female artists working in the second half of the 19th century. She was an important presence in the Victorian art world of her time and closely affiliated with members of the Pre-Raphaelite circle. This exhibition will be co-curated by Margaretta Frederick, Delaware Art Museum’s Chief Curator and Curator of the Museu... Read More