DELAWARE ART MUSEUM ANNOUNCES 2017 EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

WILMINGTON, DE 

For more information about these exhibitions or to request images, please contact Jessica Jenkins, Manager of Marketing & Public Relations, at jjenkins@delart.org or 302-351-8558.

Wonder and Whimsy: The Illustrations of W. Heath Robinson
March 4 – May 21, 2017
Catherine A. and Anthony N. Fusco Gallery

While little known today, during his lifetime William Heath Robinson (1872 -1944) was ranked with Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac as one of England’s foremost illustrators. Beginning in the 1890s Robinson developed a linear style that looks back to the innovations of the Pre-Raphaelite illustrators and forward to the art nouveau creations of Aubrey Beardsley and others. He illustrated a broad range of texts, including William Shakespeare, Rudyard Kipling, and the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, in addition to children’s books he wrote himself. He is best remembered today for his humorous depictions of Rube Goldberg-like contraptions and gentle satires of contemporary life.

This exhibition features 65 illustrations, designs, and drawings created by Heath Robinson from the collection of the Heath Robinson Trust (UK).

No Jury, No Prizes: The Society of Independent Artists, 1917-1944
February 4 – May 14, 2017
Gallery 9

Between 1917 and 1944, the Society of Independent Artists (SIA) hosted annual exhibitions for its members. By joining the SIA and paying a nominal fee, thousands of American artists–from famous painters to Sunday painters–were able to exhibit their work in enormous open shows in New York City. The brainchild of a diverse group of idealistic modern artists, including William Glackens, Walter Pach, and Marcel Duchamp, the SIA was one of many attempts to revolutionize how art was exhibited in the United States in the 20th century. The SIA shows were proudly open exhibitions, with no jury and no prizes, and the works were hung alphabetically to further democratize the experience. With works of art ranging from traditional portraits to cubist compositions, this exhibition gives a taste of the eclectic energy of the SIA.

The Cover Sells the Book: Transformations in Commercial Book Publishing, 1860-1920 
June 3 – August 27, 2017
Gallery 9

This exhibition will investigate the trans-Atlantic concept of the ‘complete book,’ which took place between 1860 and 1910. During this 50-year period, the conflation of advances in print technology and the philosophy of the Arts and Crafts Movement led to a new aesthetic in book design. The integration of the book from content to cover as promoted by private press initiatives including William Morris’ Kelmscott Press was adapted by commercial publishers, “to put a touch of art on this thing that is going to be produced at a level price,” as described by American book binding designer Sarah Wyman Whitman. This exhibition will explore examples of collaborative commercial book projects, which emulate the “book beautiful” concept of earlier arts and crafts principles.

The Original Mad Man: Illustrations by Mac Conner
June 24 – September 17, 2017
Catherine A. and Anthony N. Fusco Gallery

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.

Craig Colorusso: Sound + Light
July 14 – 23, 2017
Copeland Sculpture Garden

Craig Colorusso has been investigating sound and light since 2000. After a successful career as a musician, the artist began to explore the intersection of music, performance, and sculpture. Further investigations led him to create participatory installations that utilize technology and the surrounding environment. The resulting projects allow Colorusso and viewers to experience a heightened awareness of time and space and a meditative encounter with the natural world. Craig Colorusso: Sound + Light is a 10-day installation of the artist’s Sun Boxes in the Copeland Sculpture Garden with special presentations of his CUBEMUSIC in the Museum’s Labyrinth in the Anthony N. Fusco Reservoir. INSTALL, the short film that documents Colorusso’s ongoing projects and recorded observations, will be screened throughout the exhibition.

Tableau: The Art of Richard Cleaver
September 16, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Gallery 9

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.

An American Journey: The Art of John Sloan
October 21, 2017 – January 28, 2018
Catherine A. and Anthony N. Fusco Gallery

The first major retrospective exhibition of John Sloan’s work since 1988, An American Journey explores all facets of the artist’s long career: his work as an illustrator in Philadelphia, his famous depictions of New York City, his lively views of Gloucester, Massachusetts, and his fascinating studies of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The exhibition includes nearly 100 works–drawings, prints, and paintings–produced between 1890 and 1946. The Delaware Art Museum holds the largest collection of work by the American artist and illustrator John Sloan, as well as a rich trove of archival materials. This exhibition draws from and celebrates this extraordinary collection, made possible by the artist’s widow Helen Farr Sloan.This exhibition is supported by the Johannes R. and Betty P. Krahmer American Art Exhibition Fund.

Sponsors

Additional support for all exhibitions is provided by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.

About the Delaware Art Museum

Founded in 1912, the Delaware Art Museum is best known for its large collection of works by Wilmington native Howard Pyle and fellow American illustrators, a major collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art, urban landscapes by John Sloan and his circle, and a survey of American art from early 19th century through the present. Visitors can also enjoy the outdoor Copeland Sculpture Garden and a number of special exhibitions throughout the year.

The Delaware Art Museum is at 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806. Open Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Friday – Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday and Tuesday: Closed. Admission fees are charged as follows: Adults (19-59) $12, Seniors (60+) $10, Students (with valid ID) $6, Youth (7-18) $6, and Children (6 and under) free. Admission fees are waived Thursdays 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. thanks to support from generous individuals. For more information, call 302-571-9590 or 866-232-3714 (toll free), or visit delart.org.

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For more information, contact:

Jessica Jenkins
Manager of Marketing & Public Relations
jjenkins@delart.org
302.351.8558