PROGRAMS & EVENTS

Oct
22
Sun
Connected: Portraits of Wilmington
Oct 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Presented by the Beauty Shop Project Delaware

See yourself through the eyes of an artist and as part of the Wilmington community. Beauty Shop Project Delaware, painter and portraitist Stacey Davidson of South Carolina, and Delaware artists and students will bring community members together for a portrait-making session. Participants will sit for a drawn portrait, which will be featured in a later exhibition. We will take high resolution digital photographs of each portrait for the artists and participants that we will send you via email. The original portraits will be returned to the participants after the exhibition.

Click here to learn about a previous portrait project with Stacey Davidson.

Connected Series

Connected features events produced by the community, for the community. All events are free and open to the public. Connected events take place at the Museum, unless otherwise noted. Learn more.

Highlights Tour
Oct 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Highlights Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a Highlights tour focusing on the Museum’s collection at 1:00 p.m.

Exhibition Tour
Oct 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Exhibition Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a tour of a particular exhibition at 2:00 p.m.

Oct
26
Thu
Summer Happy Hours
Oct 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Summer Happy Hours

Now extended through October 26!

Loosen up after a long day with happy hours by Toscana. Mingle with friends outside on the terrace or come indoors to tour the galleries. Dogs are welcome outside in the Copeland Sculpture Garden. Please keep all four-legged friends on a leash.

**Happy Hours will take place in the Thronson Café during inclement weather. Museum galleries are open with free admission every Thursday from 4-8pm.**

 

Oct
27
Fri
Glory of Stories
Oct 27 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Glory of Stories

Glory of Stories introduces young visitors to art and the Museum through a story reading followed by an interactive tour of relevant works of art and a studio art project. This program encourages learning through discovery, exploration, and hands-on experiences. Ages 2 and up.

Oct 6 Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
Oct 13 Dear Mr. Blueberry by Simon James
Oct 20 The Magic Hat by Mem Fox
Oct 27 Special Halloween edition: wear your costume! Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara

Nov 3 Weaving the Rainbow by George Ella Lyon
Nov 10 Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Nov 17 The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger
Nov 24 A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman

December 1 Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Marjorie Priceman
December 8 Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
December 15 Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
December 22 Art and Max by David Wiesner
December 29 When the Sky Is Like Lace by Elinor Lander Horwitz

January 5 The Princess Knight by Cornelia Funke
January 12 The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
January 19 Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Peсa
January 26 Journey by Aaron Becker

February 2 Before Morning by Joyce Sidman
February 9 The Shape of My Heart by Mark Sperring
February 16 I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
February 23 Dragon Dancing by Pierr Morgan

Group Reservations

Group tour reservations are required for groups of 10 or more children.
Chaperone guidelines and admission rates apply to reserved group tours. Click here for more information.

Oct
28
Sat
Highlights Tour
Oct 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Highlights Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a Highlights tour focusing on the Museum’s collection at 1:00 p.m.

Exhibition Tour
Oct 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Exhibition Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a tour of a particular exhibition at 2:00 p.m.

Oct
29
Sun
Fall Free Writes
Oct 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Fall Free Writes

Drop-in to the Museum galleries and explore a topic or idea through writing inspired by prompts—visual or written. These informal gatherings allow participants of all experience levels to write “in the moment” with the hope of unearthing new materials and perspectives. No writing experience required. Advanced registration recommended.

Sept 21 Ekphrastic Poetry with Jane Miller – REGISTER

Sept 24 Landscapes with Lisa Dill – REGSITER

Oct 19 Mystery/Crime with Dennis Lawson – REGISTER

Oct 29 Horror with Jessa Mendez – REGISTER

Highlights Tour
Oct 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Highlights Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a Highlights tour focusing on the Museum’s collection at 1:00 p.m.

Exhibition Tour
Oct 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Exhibition Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a tour of a particular exhibition at 2:00 p.m.

Nov
2
Thu
Día de los Muertos Luminaria Labyrinth Walk
Nov 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Día de los Muertos Luminaria Labyrinth Walk

Celebrate Día de los Muertos—the traditional Mexican holiday honoring ancestors and friends who have passed—with a labyrinth walk in the Anthony N. Fusco Reservoir illuminated by tea lights. There is no fee for this program, but donations are accepted to help maintain the Museum’s Labyrinth.

Inside Look Series: Sloan’s Self-Portraits
Nov 2 @ 6:00 pm
Inside Look Series: Sloan’s Self-Portraits

Get a closer look and explore how John Sloan’s self-portraits reveal the ways in which he worked to craft his own identity amid changing ideas about the role of the artist in society. A graduate student from the University of Delaware will lead an in-depth conversation in the galleries with visitors.

Symposium & Public Talks: International Perspectives in the Era of John Sloan and the Ashcan School
Nov 2 @ 6:00 pm

John Sloan never traveled outside the United States. He was exposed to other cultures through friends who studied abroad, international art exhibitions, the transatlantic trade in prints and publications, and immigrants living in the U.S. This symposium will shed light on the international exchange of art and ideas that influenced the work of Sloan and his circle and shaped American art during his career. Leading scholars will explore the global conversations that inflected the work and critical reception of Sloan and his contemporaries.


Symposium supported by the Delaware Humanities Forum.

Schedule for Thursday, November 2

Free admission and open to the public. Advanced registration recommended.

6:00 p.m. Inside Look Gallery Discussion: Sloan’s Self- Portraits with Alba Campo Rosillo
7:00 p.m. Keynote lecture: Avis Berman, “The Butterfly and the Ashcan: The Impact of Whistler on Sloan and Glackens”

Schedule for Friday, November 3

$20 Members, $25 Non-Members, Students FREE w/valid student I.D. Advanced registration required. Registration includes admission to public talks on November 2.

Registration, 9:00 a.m.

Morning Session, 9:30 a.m.

  • Margarita Karasoulas, “Tasting the Sights: John Sloan’s Chinese Restaurant and Immigrant New York”
  • James Glisson, “Sloan’s Crowds”
  • John Fagg, “‘Unscienced but alive:’ The Transatlantic Origins of the Ashcan School Nude”
  • Respondent: Rebecca Zurier

Lunch and exhibition viewing

Graduate student lightning round, 1:15 pm

  • Ginny Badgett (PhD candidate, UCSB), Hannah Braun (MA, Boston University), Lee Ann Custer (PhD candidate, UPenn), Kelsey Gustin (PhD candidate, Boston University), Elizabeth Hawley (PhD candidate, Graduate Center at City University of New York), Jordan Hillman (PhD student in Art History, University of Delaware), Kristen Nassif (PhD student in Art History, University of Delaware), Alice Walkiewicz (PhD candidate, Graduate Center, CUNY)

Afternoon Session, 2:00 p.m.

  • Valerie Leeds, “Robert Henri: Reconciling Nationalism and Internationalism in His Art and Ideas”
  • Rachel Sanders, Sloan’s Legacy and Left-Wing Artists of the Depression Era
  • Adam Thomas, “Hopper and Sloan on High: Rooftops from Paris to Manhattan”

Archives Tour, 4:00 p.m.

Reception, 5:00 p.m.

Avis Berman, “The Butterfly and the Ashcan: The Impact of Whistler on Sloan and Glackens”

The names of John Sloan and William Glackens are not often paired with the nineteenth-century American expatriate James McNeill Whistler, yet the connections among the three are deep and abiding.  Glackens happily appropriated Whistler’s work as a vehicle for experiment, whereas Sloan was often influenced by it against his will.  Whistler was an extraordinarily prominent artist, so positing him as an inspiration may seem obvious. However, these artists – advocates of urban realism and affiliated with the Ashcan School – are typically presented as countering the aesthetic approach epitomized by Whistler. In truth, they were his admirers and emulators, even when their response appeared to be ambivalent, as Avis Berman will illustrate with comparative examples of paintings and works on paper.

 Avis Berman is an independent writer and art historian. She is the author of many books, articles, and catalogue essays on Whistler, on Sloan, and on other members of The Eight. In 2014-2015 she organized the first museum survey of Glackens’s work in nearly fifty years.

John Fagg, “Unscienced but alive”: The Transatlantic Origins of the Ashcan School Nude

While Thomas Eakins’ commitment to “the nude as the basis of art and art instruction” has long been recognised, the significance of the life class, studio practice and nude studies for the Ashcan School artists is rarely discussed. This talk follows Robert Henri’s journey from the dissection room at PAFA, through endless studies from the nude at the Académie Julian, and back to (reluctantly) drawing from casts at the École des Beaux-Arts before coming to his own “unscienced” approach to the body, which developed into increasing formalised pedagogy at the Charcoal Club in Philadelphia and the New York School of Art. It then considers male and female nudes made by John Sloan and George Bellows that were shaped by Henri’s teaching but also by the ideas of Walt Whitman, Emma Goldman and Havelock Ellis.

John Fagg is Lecturer and Director of the American and Canadian Studies Center, University of Birmingham, UK. He earned a BA in English and Philosophy at the University of Leeds, and my MA and PhD in American Studies at the University of Nottingham, where he then held a Leverhulme Postdoctoral Research Fellowship followed by a Lectureship in American Literature. In 2015 his Terra-prize-winning essay “Bedpans and Gibson Girls: Clutter and Matter in John Sloan’s Graphic Art” appeared in American Art in 2015.

James Glisson, “Sloan’s Crowds “

Painted after Sloan’s arrival from Philadelphia in April 1904, Coffee Line (winter 1904/5) and Ferry Slip, Winter (winter 1905/6) are two of his earliest New York paintings.  The stylized patterns that render the dark line of unemployed men waiting for a warm handout in Coffee Line and the impatient passengers waiting to disembark in Ferry Slip make for somber and melancholy pictures, especially as compared to the rollicking groups in Election Night (1907) or Return from Toil (1915). In Coffee Line and Ferry Slip, no individual face emerges as a point of sympathetic identification.  This is no small point.  Sloan’s reputation from 1905-1906 to the present is of a painter of humanity who portrayed urban types and engendered empathy with New York City’s working class. This paper reconsiders these two paintings with their abstractly rendered groups in light of Sloan’s difficult adjustment to New York life and turn-of-the-century discourse around crowds. A visual metaphor for social dislocation as well as the fragility of the Unites States’s democratic and economic system, the figure of the crowd permeated the popular press and shaped the emerging fields of sociology and psychology. As this paper shows in these two early paintings, Sloan was also a sort of social scientist, except he worked in oil paint and used proto-abstraction to describe the inequality and shifting circumstances of modern life.

James Glisson is Bradford and Christine Mishler Assistant Curator of American Art at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, in San Marino, California.

 

Margarita Karasoulas, “Tasting the Sights: John Sloan’s Chinese Restaurant and Immigrant New York”

This paper examines John Sloan’s 1909 painting Chinese Restaurant through the lens of food and taste to explore the growing presence of immigrants and the changing food culture in New York. Locating an escalating preoccupation with Chinatown—and particularly Chinese restaurants—in turn-of-the-century urban guidebooks, newspapers, magazines, and films, it elucidates how these sites offered multisensory experiences of racial others. By focusing on the senses and situating Sloan’s painting in dialogue with other ways that race was produced in this moment, an understanding of the Chinese restaurant as a key site for the negotiation of issues pertaining to racial difference emerges. Close examination of a related Chinese restaurant scene by Everett Shinn, set in Chinatown as opposed to the Tenderloin a decade earlier, provides further insights into the sensory construction of race at work in such imagery.

Margarita Karasoulas is Assistant Curator of American Art at the Brooklyn Museum, and a current doctoral candidate in the Department of Art History at the University of Delaware. Her dissertation, “Mapping Immigrant New York: Race and Place in Ashcan Visual Culture,” explores the racial significance of Ashcan School imagery in the context of period debates about immigration. She has received fellowship support from the Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and University of Delaware. Most recently, she curated The Puzzling World of John Sloan at the Delaware Art Museum and Electric Paris at the Bruce Museum.

Adam Thomas, “Hopper and Sloan on High: Rooftops from Paris to Manhattan”

Edward Hopper and John Sloan were perhaps the American artists most preoccupied with the urban rooftop in the early twentieth century. This paper examines their different approaches to depicting the setting and traces how French precedents informed the unruly and improvisational associations of elevated urban spaces.

Adam M. Thomas is Curator of American Art at the Palmer Museum of Art at the Pennsylvania State University, where he also teaches in the art history department. In 2016, he co-organized the exhibition Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art and contributed to the catalogue (University of Oklahoma Press). Among his current projects is an exhibition devoted to the rooftop imagery of John Sloan and other artists in New York City.

Valerie Leeds, “Robert Henri: Reconciling Nationalism and Internationalism in His Art and Ideas”

Robert Henri (1865–1929), an influential painter and teacher, and close friend of John Sloan, made pointed reference in his writings to nationalism and the creation of a distinctly American art. At the same time, he maintained a global outlook in his own work and teachings, and this had a very profound impact on the work he created for which he is best known. This talk will explore and reconcile these two seemingly opposing ideologies and how they are manifested within his creative output.

Valerie Ann Leeds is an independent curator and, scholar specializing in American art, in particular, the work of Robert Henri and his circle. She received a PhD from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in American art and architecture, an MA from Syracuse University, and a BA from the University of Rochester, and has held curatorial positions at the Flint Institute of Arts, Orlando Museum of Art, Tampa Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has organized numerous exhibitions for museums around the country, and lectured and published widely on a variety of topics in American art.

Rachel Sanders, Sloan’s Legacy and Left-Wing Artists of the Depression Era

The pictorial forms pursued by the American left in the early decades of the twentieth century were political cartoons and realist paintings and prints. An exchange between these practices was cultivated in a series of periodicals, The Masses (1911-17), The Liberator (1918-24) and New Masses (1926-48), which functioned as forums for dialogue between artists, theorists and critics concerned with politics and culture. The aesthetic of The Masses shared much with that of the Ashcan School, a group of early twentieth-century American realists who pictured the seamier aspects of New York. This was largely due to chief ideologue and teacher Robert Henri. As the most politically active member of the Ashcan School and as a prolific cartoonist and art editor for The Masses John Sloan’s role in forging a critical realism that acquired left-wing and national associations is significant. It was this practice that offered fertile ground to many politically motivated artists working in the thirties. Idiomatic and iconographic similarities abound between The Masses-Ashcan imagery and the work of Louis Ribak, Nicolai Cikovsky, Harry Sternberg, Joseph Biel, Philip Reisman and Raphael, Moses and Isaac Soyer. As many artists and intellectuals became politicised by economic crisis the Communist Party of the United States of America gained increased importance in theoretical discourse. Nevertheless, few artists advocated Russian cultural directives. Rather American artists saw in the work of Sloan and his peers a viable foundation on which Social Realism and much of the art of New Masses could build. To assess this is to ensure that the early twentieth-century realists’ roles as propagators of a contentious aesthetic remains unobscured.

Rachel Sanders received her MA and PhD in History of Art from University College, London in 2011. She has taught at a number of institutions and currently lectures on the history of art and design at the City Literary Institute in London and Oxford Brookes University. Her research interest is early twentieth-century American political paintings and cartoons. She has published a number of articles on her research specialism and is currently writing a book on New Masses magazine. 

Nov
3
Fri
Symposium & Public Talks: International Perspectives in the Era of John Sloan and the Ashcan School
Nov 3 @ 9:00 am – 6:30 pm

John Sloan never traveled outside the United States. He was exposed to other cultures through friends who studied abroad, international art exhibitions, the transatlantic trade in prints and publications, and immigrants living in the U.S. This symposium will shed light on the international exchange of art and ideas that influenced the work of Sloan and his circle and shaped American art during his career. Leading scholars will explore the global conversations that inflected the work and critical reception of Sloan and his contemporaries.

Symposium supported by the Delaware Humanities Forum.

Schedule for Thursday, November 2

Free admission and open to the public. Advanced registration recommended.

6:00 p.m. Inside Look Gallery Discussion: Sloan’s Self- Portraits with Alba Campo Rosillo
7:00 p.m. Keynote lecture: Avis Berman, “The Butterfly and the Ashcan: The Impact of Whistler on Sloan and Glackens”

Schedule for Friday, November 3

$20 Members, $25 Non-Members, Students FREE w/valid student I.D. Advanced registration required. Registration includes admission to public talks on November 2.

Registration, 9:00 a.m.

Morning Session, 9:30 a.m.

  • Margarita Karasoulas, “Tasting the Sights: John Sloan’s Chinese Restaurant and Immigrant New York”
  • James Glisson, “Sloan’s Crowds”
  • John Fagg, “‘Unscienced but alive:’ The Transatlantic Origins of the Ashcan School Nude”
  • Respondent: Rebecca Zurier

Lunch and exhibition viewing

Graduate student lightning round, 1:15 pm

  • Ginny Badgett (PhD candidate, UCSB), Hannah Braun (MA, Boston University), Lee Ann Custer (PhD candidate, UPenn), Kelsey Gustin (PhD candidate, Boston University), Elizabeth Hawley (PhD candidate, Graduate Center at City University of New York), Jordan Hillman (PhD student in Art History, University of Delaware), Kristen Nassif (PhD student in Art History, University of Delaware), Alice Walkiewicz (PhD candidate, Graduate Center, CUNY)

Afternoon Session, 2:00 p.m.

  • Valerie Leeds, “Robert Henri: Reconciling Nationalism and Internationalism in His Art and Ideas”
  • Rachel Sanders, Sloan’s Legacy and Left-Wing Artists of the Depression Era
  • Adam Thomas, “Hopper and Sloan on High: Rooftops from Paris to Manhattan”

Archives Tour, 4:00 p.m.

Reception, 5:00 p.m.

Avis Berman, “The Butterfly and the Ashcan: The Impact of Whistler on Sloan and Glackens”

The names of John Sloan and William Glackens are not often paired with the nineteenth-century American expatriate James McNeill Whistler, yet the connections among the three are deep and abiding.  Glackens happily appropriated Whistler’s work as a vehicle for experiment, whereas Sloan was often influenced by it against his will.  Whistler was an extraordinarily prominent artist, so positing him as an inspiration may seem obvious. However, these artists – advocates of urban realism and affiliated with the Ashcan School – are typically presented as countering the aesthetic approach epitomized by Whistler. In truth, they were his admirers and emulators, even when their response appeared to be ambivalent, as Avis Berman will illustrate with comparative examples of paintings and works on paper.

 Avis Berman is an independent writer and art historian. She is the author of many books, articles, and catalogue essays on Whistler, on Sloan, and on other members of The Eight. In 2014-2015 she organized the first museum survey of Glackens’s work in nearly fifty years.

John Fagg, “Unscienced but alive”: The Transatlantic Origins of the Ashcan School Nude

While Thomas Eakins’ commitment to “the nude as the basis of art and art instruction” has long been recognised, the significance of the life class, studio practice and nude studies for the Ashcan School artists is rarely discussed. This talk follows Robert Henri’s journey from the dissection room at PAFA, through endless studies from the nude at the Académie Julian, and back to (reluctantly) drawing from casts at the École des Beaux-Arts before coming to his own “unscienced” approach to the body, which developed into increasing formalised pedagogy at the Charcoal Club in Philadelphia and the New York School of Art. It then considers male and female nudes made by John Sloan and George Bellows that were shaped by Henri’s teaching but also by the ideas of Walt Whitman, Emma Goldman and Havelock Ellis.

John Fagg is Lecturer and Director of the American and Canadian Studies Center, University of Birmingham, UK. He earned a BA in English and Philosophy at the University of Leeds, and my MA and PhD in American Studies at the University of Nottingham, where he then held a Leverhulme Postdoctoral Research Fellowship followed by a Lectureship in American Literature. In 2015 his Terra-prize-winning essay “Bedpans and Gibson Girls: Clutter and Matter in John Sloan’s Graphic Art” appeared in American Art in 2015.

James Glisson, “Sloan’s Crowds “

Painted after Sloan’s arrival from Philadelphia in April 1904, Coffee Line (winter 1904/5) and Ferry Slip, Winter (winter 1905/6) are two of his earliest New York paintings.  The stylized patterns that render the dark line of unemployed men waiting for a warm handout in Coffee Line and the impatient passengers waiting to disembark in Ferry Slip make for somber and melancholy pictures, especially as compared to the rollicking groups in Election Night (1907) or Return from Toil (1915). In Coffee Line and Ferry Slip, no individual face emerges as a point of sympathetic identification.  This is no small point.  Sloan’s reputation from 1905-1906 to the present is of a painter of humanity who portrayed urban types and engendered empathy with New York City’s working class. This paper reconsiders these two paintings with their abstractly rendered groups in light of Sloan’s difficult adjustment to New York life and turn-of-the-century discourse around crowds. A visual metaphor for social dislocation as well as the fragility of the Unites States’s democratic and economic system, the figure of the crowd permeated the popular press and shaped the emerging fields of sociology and psychology. As this paper shows in these two early paintings, Sloan was also a sort of social scientist, except he worked in oil paint and used proto-abstraction to describe the inequality and shifting circumstances of modern life.

James Glisson is Bradford and Christine Mishler Assistant Curator of American Art at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, in San Marino, California.

 

Margarita Karasoulas, “Tasting the Sights: John Sloan’s Chinese Restaurant and Immigrant New York”

This paper examines John Sloan’s 1909 painting Chinese Restaurant through the lens of food and taste to explore the growing presence of immigrants and the changing food culture in New York. Locating an escalating preoccupation with Chinatown—and particularly Chinese restaurants—in turn-of-the-century urban guidebooks, newspapers, magazines, and films, it elucidates how these sites offered multisensory experiences of racial others. By focusing on the senses and situating Sloan’s painting in dialogue with other ways that race was produced in this moment, an understanding of the Chinese restaurant as a key site for the negotiation of issues pertaining to racial difference emerges. Close examination of a related Chinese restaurant scene by Everett Shinn, set in Chinatown as opposed to the Tenderloin a decade earlier, provides further insights into the sensory construction of race at work in such imagery.

Margarita Karasoulas is Assistant Curator of American Art at the Brooklyn Museum, and a current doctoral candidate in the Department of Art History at the University of Delaware. Her dissertation, “Mapping Immigrant New York: Race and Place in Ashcan Visual Culture,” explores the racial significance of Ashcan School imagery in the context of period debates about immigration. She has received fellowship support from the Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and University of Delaware. Most recently, she curated The Puzzling World of John Sloan at the Delaware Art Museum and Electric Paris at the Bruce Museum.

Adam Thomas, “Hopper and Sloan on High: Rooftops from Paris to Manhattan”

Edward Hopper and John Sloan were perhaps the American artists most preoccupied with the urban rooftop in the early twentieth century. This paper examines their different approaches to depicting the setting and traces how French precedents informed the unruly and improvisational associations of elevated urban spaces.

Adam M. Thomas is Curator of American Art at the Palmer Museum of Art at the Pennsylvania State University, where he also teaches in the art history department. In 2016, he co-organized the exhibition Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art and contributed to the catalogue (University of Oklahoma Press). Among his current projects is an exhibition devoted to the rooftop imagery of John Sloan and other artists in New York City.

Valerie Leeds, “Robert Henri: Reconciling Nationalism and Internationalism in His Art and Ideas”

Robert Henri (1865–1929), an influential painter and teacher, and close friend of John Sloan, made pointed reference in his writings to nationalism and the creation of a distinctly American art. At the same time, he maintained a global outlook in his own work and teachings, and this had a very profound impact on the work he created for which he is best known. This talk will explore and reconcile these two seemingly opposing ideologies and how they are manifested within his creative output.

Valerie Ann Leeds is an independent curator and, scholar specializing in American art, in particular, the work of Robert Henri and his circle. She received a PhD from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in American art and architecture, an MA from Syracuse University, and a BA from the University of Rochester, and has held curatorial positions at the Flint Institute of Arts, Orlando Museum of Art, Tampa Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has organized numerous exhibitions for museums around the country, and lectured and published widely on a variety of topics in American art.

Rachel Sanders, Sloan’s Legacy and Left-Wing Artists of the Depression Era

The pictorial forms pursued by the American left in the early decades of the twentieth century were political cartoons and realist paintings and prints. An exchange between these practices was cultivated in a series of periodicals, The Masses (1911-17), The Liberator (1918-24) and New Masses (1926-48), which functioned as forums for dialogue between artists, theorists and critics concerned with politics and culture. The aesthetic of The Masses shared much with that of the Ashcan School, a group of early twentieth-century American realists who pictured the seamier aspects of New York. This was largely due to chief ideologue and teacher Robert Henri. As the most politically active member of the Ashcan School and as a prolific cartoonist and art editor for The Masses John Sloan’s role in forging a critical realism that acquired left-wing and national associations is significant. It was this practice that offered fertile ground to many politically motivated artists working in the thirties. Idiomatic and iconographic similarities abound between The Masses-Ashcan imagery and the work of Louis Ribak, Nicolai Cikovsky, Harry Sternberg, Joseph Biel, Philip Reisman and Raphael, Moses and Isaac Soyer. As many artists and intellectuals became politicised by economic crisis the Communist Party of the United States of America gained increased importance in theoretical discourse. Nevertheless, few artists advocated Russian cultural directives. Rather American artists saw in the work of Sloan and his peers a viable foundation on which Social Realism and much of the art of New Masses could build. To assess this is to ensure that the early twentieth-century realists’ roles as propagators of a contentious aesthetic remains unobscured.

Rachel Sanders received her MA and PhD in History of Art from University College, London in 2011. She has taught at a number of institutions and currently lectures on the history of art and design at the City Literary Institute in London and Oxford Brookes University. Her research interest is early twentieth-century American political paintings and cartoons. She has published a number of articles on her research specialism and is currently writing a book on New Masses magazine. 

Glory of Stories
Nov 3 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Glory of Stories

Glory of Stories introduces young visitors to art and the Museum through a story reading followed by an interactive tour of relevant works of art and a studio art project. This program encourages learning through discovery, exploration, and hands-on experiences. Ages 2 and up.

Oct 6 Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
Oct 13 Dear Mr. Blueberry by Simon James
Oct 20 The Magic Hat by Mem Fox
Oct 27 Special Halloween edition: wear your costume! Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara

Nov 3 Weaving the Rainbow by George Ella Lyon
Nov 10 Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Nov 17 The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger
Nov 24 A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman

December 1 Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Marjorie Priceman
December 8 Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
December 15 Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
December 22 Art and Max by David Wiesner
December 29 When the Sky Is Like Lace by Elinor Lander Horwitz

January 5 The Princess Knight by Cornelia Funke
January 12 The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
January 19 Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Peсa
January 26 Journey by Aaron Becker

February 2 Before Morning by Joyce Sidman
February 9 The Shape of My Heart by Mark Sperring
February 16 I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
February 23 Dragon Dancing by Pierr Morgan

Group Reservations

Group tour reservations are required for groups of 10 or more children.
Chaperone guidelines and admission rates apply to reserved group tours. Click here for more information.

Art is Tasty
Nov 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Art is Tasty

First Fridays of the month. This noon-time lunch series on the first Friday of every month pairs an engaging 30-minute discussion about a work of art with a delicious lunch in the Thronson Café. (Café lunch voucher included in price).

2017-18 Topics

October 6 Open No. 12 in Raw Sienna with Gray, Robert Motherwell
November 3 Dance at Cochiti Pueblo, John Sloan
December 1 The Burning Ship and An Attack on a Galleon, Howard Pyle

January 5 Reclining Nude, Abraham S. Baylinson
February 2 Tobias Curing his Father’s Blindness, Benjamin West
March 2 Toilet of a Roman Lady, Simeon Soloman
April 6 Trees in a Lane, John Ruskin, and Sycamore Tree, Andrew Wyeth
May 4 Eleanor of Aquitaine, Grace Hartigan
June 1 In the Park, Bernie Felch
July 6 March on Washington, Danny Lyon
August 3 The Mermaid, Howard Pyle
September 7 Rome II, Al Held
October 5 Indian Captives, Robert Weir
November 2 Selection from Juried Craft Exhibition
December 7 Covered Box with Peacock, Charles Robert Ashbee

 

Nov
4
Sat
Yoga in the Garden
Nov 4 @ 9:00 am
Yoga in the Garden

Back by popular demand, we are continuing Yoga in the Garden every other Saturday at 9:00 a.m. through November 4th rain or shine. Join us outside in the Copeland Sculpture Garden for drop-in yoga sessions led by local yogis. All ages welcome, some mats available for use.

The Thronson Café will open at 10:00 a.m. with a selection of healthy breakfast and snack options. Make a morning of it and enjoy a smoothie or a cup of coffee on the Terrace after your practice.

September 9 — Led by Hunter Clarke-Fields
September 23 — Led by FLYOGI
October 7 — Led by FLYOGI
October 21 — Led by FLYOGI
November 4—Led by Hunter Clarke-Fields

Highlights Tour
Nov 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Highlights Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a Highlights tour focusing on the Museum’s collection at 1:00 p.m.

Exhibition Tour
Nov 4 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Exhibition Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a tour of a particular exhibition at 2:00 p.m.

Nov
5
Sun
Highlights Tour
Nov 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Highlights Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a Highlights tour focusing on the Museum’s collection at 1:00 p.m.

Inside Look Series: Sloan’s Self-Portraits
Nov 5 @ 1:00 pm
Inside Look Series: Sloan’s Self-Portraits

Get a closer look and explore how John Sloan’s self-portraits reveal the ways in which he worked to craft his own identity amid changing ideas about the role of the artist in society. A graduate student from the University of Delaware will lead an in-depth conversation in the galleries with visitors.

Exhibition Tour
Nov 5 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Exhibition Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a tour of a particular exhibition at 2:00 p.m.

Nov
8
Wed
Museum Council Sponsored Bus Trip to the National Art Gallery, Washington, D. C.
Nov 8 all-day
Museum Council Sponsored Bus Trip to the National Art Gallery, Washington, D. C.

Enjoy a self-guided tour of the “Vermeer and Masters of Genre Painting” exhibition. This landmark exhibition examines the artistic exchanges among Johannes Vermeer and his contemporaries from 1650 to 1675, when they reached the height of their technical ability and mastery of depictions of domestic life. The exhibition brings together some 65 works by Vermeer and his fellow painters of the Dutch Golden Age. After lunch (on your own) at one of five restaurants offered at the National Gallery, gather for a 50-minute slideshow presentation.  Registration and payment must be received no later than October 23, 2017.

Itinerary

  • 7:30 a.m. Depart promptly from Delaware Art Museum
  • 10:00 a.m. Arrive at the National Art Gallery
  • 10:15 a.m. Explore Vermeer & Masters of Genre Painting Exhibition (lunch on your own)
  • 12:45 p.m. Slideshow presentation on Vermeer
  • 2:00 p.m. Explore exhibitions on your own
  •  3:30 p.m. Depart the National Art Gallery
  •  5:30 p.m. Approximate arrival at Delaware Art Museum

*Please note: Return time is approximate and may be affected by traffic, weather, etc.

Payment and registration

Registration Form

Please complete the attached registration form above and return with payment to:

Mrs. Susan Grossman
1702 N. Park Dr., Apt. #58
Wilmington, DE  19806

Payment by check only, made out to Delaware Art Museum Council.

Refunds will only be granted if another passenger can take your place or if the trip is cancelled.

Nov
9
Thu
Connected Open House
Nov 9 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Connected Open House

Connected is an innovative series that engages local creative community members to produce art-based programs at the Museum or offsite. The Museum is hosting its third annual Open House for fellow community leaders and groups to network, share skills, and brainstorm ideas for programming in 2018. Advanced registration recommended. 

Connected Series

Connected features events produced by the community, for the community. All events are free and open to the public. Connected events take place at the Museum, unless otherwise noted. Learn more.

Nov
10
Fri
Glory of Stories
Nov 10 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Glory of Stories

Glory of Stories introduces young visitors to art and the Museum through a story reading followed by an interactive tour of relevant works of art and a studio art project. This program encourages learning through discovery, exploration, and hands-on experiences. Ages 2 and up.

Oct 6 Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
Oct 13 Dear Mr. Blueberry by Simon James
Oct 20 The Magic Hat by Mem Fox
Oct 27 Special Halloween edition: wear your costume! Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara

Nov 3 Weaving the Rainbow by George Ella Lyon
Nov 10 Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Nov 17 The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger
Nov 24 A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman

December 1 Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Marjorie Priceman
December 8 Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
December 15 Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
December 22 Art and Max by David Wiesner
December 29 When the Sky Is Like Lace by Elinor Lander Horwitz

January 5 The Princess Knight by Cornelia Funke
January 12 The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
January 19 Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Peсa
January 26 Journey by Aaron Becker

February 2 Before Morning by Joyce Sidman
February 9 The Shape of My Heart by Mark Sperring
February 16 I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
February 23 Dragon Dancing by Pierr Morgan

Group Reservations

Group tour reservations are required for groups of 10 or more children.
Chaperone guidelines and admission rates apply to reserved group tours. Click here for more information.

Clay Date
Nov 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Clay Date is back! Mix, mingle, and get a little messy in the Museum’s ceramics studio. Participants will experiment with clay and complete a functional piece of pottery that the Museum will glaze.

No experience necessary; beer, wine, and light refreshments provided. Must be 21+. 

Connected: Re-Entry – A Performance Tribute to Veterans (Performance)
Nov 10 @ 7:00 pm
Connected: Re-Entry – A Performance Tribute to Veterans (Performance) @ the baby grand

Presented by A.T. Moffett and the Delaware Division of the Arts at the baby grand

Re-Entry – A Performance Tribute to Veterans is a Delaware Division of the Arts supported project directed and choreographed by 2017 fellowship recipient A.T. Moffett. This dynamic performance piece begins with WWII and moves forward in time to present day military operations. Re-Entry blends dance choreography, original music, historic artifacts, and literary research with storytelling based on interviews with veterans and their families.

Prior to the performance at the baby grand, there will be an informal preview and a workshop with veterans and the public held at the Delaware Art Museum. The workshop will address the themes of the production. If you are a veteran, know a veteran, or are a civilian interested in participating, please contact A.T. Moffett at atmoffett@gmail.com. The performance is presented in partnership with The Grand Opera House. There is no fee for the preview, workshop, or performance. Advanced registration recommended for the workshop and to the performance at the baby grand.

Museum Preview: Thursday, September 7 at the Museum, 6:00 p.m.

Workshop: Saturday, October 21 at the Museum, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Performance: Friday, November 10 at the baby grand, 7:00 p.m.
(Please note that the main performance will take place at the baby grand 818 N Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.)

Connected Series

Connected features events produced by the community, for the community. All events are free and open to the public. Connected events take place at the Museum, unless otherwise noted. Learn more.

Nov
11
Sat
Highlights Tour
Nov 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Highlights Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a Highlights tour focusing on the Museum’s collection at 1:00 p.m.

Exhibition Tour
Nov 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Exhibition Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a tour of a particular exhibition at 2:00 p.m.

Nov
12
Sun
Sunday Studio
Nov 12 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Sunday Studio

Each month, adults and children can create art together and experiment with new materials, techniques, and themes in the Bank of America Education Wing Studios—no reservations required! This series is sponsored by AT&T. Recommended for ages 6+ and adults.

October 8 Pumpkin Lanterns
November 12 Weaving
December 10 Clay Ornaments
January 14 Travel the USA
February 11 Prints and Patterns

Highlights Tour
Nov 12 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Highlights Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a Highlights tour focusing on the Museum’s collection at 1:00 p.m.

Exhibition Tour
Nov 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Exhibition Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a tour of a particular exhibition at 2:00 p.m.

Nov
17
Fri
Glory of Stories
Nov 17 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Glory of Stories

Glory of Stories introduces young visitors to art and the Museum through a story reading followed by an interactive tour of relevant works of art and a studio art project. This program encourages learning through discovery, exploration, and hands-on experiences. Ages 2 and up.

Oct 6 Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
Oct 13 Dear Mr. Blueberry by Simon James
Oct 20 The Magic Hat by Mem Fox
Oct 27 Special Halloween edition: wear your costume! Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara

Nov 3 Weaving the Rainbow by George Ella Lyon
Nov 10 Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Nov 17 The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger
Nov 24 A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman

December 1 Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Marjorie Priceman
December 8 Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
December 15 Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
December 22 Art and Max by David Wiesner
December 29 When the Sky Is Like Lace by Elinor Lander Horwitz

January 5 The Princess Knight by Cornelia Funke
January 12 The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
January 19 Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Peсa
January 26 Journey by Aaron Becker

February 2 Before Morning by Joyce Sidman
February 9 The Shape of My Heart by Mark Sperring
February 16 I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
February 23 Dragon Dancing by Pierr Morgan

Group Reservations

Group tour reservations are required for groups of 10 or more children.
Chaperone guidelines and admission rates apply to reserved group tours. Click here for more information.

Nov
18
Sat
Highlights Tour
Nov 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Highlights Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a Highlights tour focusing on the Museum’s collection at 1:00 p.m.

Exhibition Tour
Nov 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Exhibition Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a tour of a particular exhibition at 2:00 p.m.

Nov
19
Sun
Highlights Tour
Nov 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Highlights Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a Highlights tour focusing on the Museum’s collection at 1:00 p.m.

Exhibition Tour
Nov 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Exhibition Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a tour of a particular exhibition at 2:00 p.m.

Nov
24
Fri
Glory of Stories
Nov 24 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Glory of Stories

Glory of Stories introduces young visitors to art and the Museum through a story reading followed by an interactive tour of relevant works of art and a studio art project. This program encourages learning through discovery, exploration, and hands-on experiences. Ages 2 and up.

Oct 6 Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
Oct 13 Dear Mr. Blueberry by Simon James
Oct 20 The Magic Hat by Mem Fox
Oct 27 Special Halloween edition: wear your costume! Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara

Nov 3 Weaving the Rainbow by George Ella Lyon
Nov 10 Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Nov 17 The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger
Nov 24 A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman

December 1 Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Marjorie Priceman
December 8 Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
December 15 Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
December 22 Art and Max by David Wiesner
December 29 When the Sky Is Like Lace by Elinor Lander Horwitz

January 5 The Princess Knight by Cornelia Funke
January 12 The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
January 19 Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Peсa
January 26 Journey by Aaron Becker

February 2 Before Morning by Joyce Sidman
February 9 The Shape of My Heart by Mark Sperring
February 16 I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
February 23 Dragon Dancing by Pierr Morgan

Group Reservations

Group tour reservations are required for groups of 10 or more children.
Chaperone guidelines and admission rates apply to reserved group tours. Click here for more information.

Nov
25
Sat
Highlights Tour
Nov 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Highlights Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a Highlights tour focusing on the Museum’s collection at 1:00 p.m.

Exhibition Tour
Nov 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Exhibition Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a tour of a particular exhibition at 2:00 p.m.

Nov
26
Sun
Highlights Tour
Nov 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Highlights Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a Highlights tour focusing on the Museum’s collection at 1:00 p.m.

Exhibition Tour
Nov 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Exhibition Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a tour of a particular exhibition at 2:00 p.m.

Nov
30
Thu
End-of-Year Writers’ Gathering and Celebration
Nov 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
End-of-Year Writers’ Gathering and Celebration

Celebrate and connect with writers from the 2017 Wilmington Writers Conference and Fall Free Writes! Participants are encouraged to form a critique or writing group with fellow writers and bring their own writing to share with colleagues or read aloud during an open mic session. Participants will also learn how they can get involved with planning writing events for 2018. Beer, wine, and food available for purchase in the Museum Café.

Advanced registration recommended. 

Dec
1
Fri
Glory of Stories
Dec 1 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Glory of Stories

Glory of Stories introduces young visitors to art and the Museum through a story reading followed by an interactive tour of relevant works of art and a studio art project. This program encourages learning through discovery, exploration, and hands-on experiences. Ages 2 and up.

Oct 6 Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
Oct 13 Dear Mr. Blueberry by Simon James
Oct 20 The Magic Hat by Mem Fox
Oct 27 Special Halloween edition: wear your costume! Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara

Nov 3 Weaving the Rainbow by George Ella Lyon
Nov 10 Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Nov 17 The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger
Nov 24 A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman

December 1 Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Marjorie Priceman
December 8 Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
December 15 Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
December 22 Art and Max by David Wiesner
December 29 When the Sky Is Like Lace by Elinor Lander Horwitz

January 5 The Princess Knight by Cornelia Funke
January 12 The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
January 19 Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Peсa
January 26 Journey by Aaron Becker

February 2 Before Morning by Joyce Sidman
February 9 The Shape of My Heart by Mark Sperring
February 16 I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
February 23 Dragon Dancing by Pierr Morgan

Group Reservations

Group tour reservations are required for groups of 10 or more children.
Chaperone guidelines and admission rates apply to reserved group tours. Click here for more information.

Art is Tasty
Dec 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Art is Tasty

First Fridays of the month. This noon-time lunch series on the first Friday of every month pairs an engaging 30-minute discussion about a work of art with a delicious lunch in the Thronson Café. (Café lunch voucher included in price).

2017-18 Topics

October 6 Open No. 12 in Raw Sienna with Gray, Robert Motherwell
November 3 Dance at Cochiti Pueblo, John Sloan
December 1 The Burning Ship and An Attack on a Galleon, Howard Pyle

January 5 Reclining Nude, Abraham S. Baylinson
February 2 Tobias Curing his Father’s Blindness, Benjamin West
March 2 Toilet of a Roman Lady, Simeon Soloman
April 6 Trees in a Lane, John Ruskin, and Sycamore Tree, Andrew Wyeth
May 4 Eleanor of Aquitaine, Grace Hartigan
June 1 In the Park, Bernie Felch
July 6 March on Washington, Danny Lyon
August 3 The Mermaid, Howard Pyle
September 7 Rome II, Al Held
October 5 Indian Captives, Robert Weir
November 2 Selection from Juried Craft Exhibition
December 7 Covered Box with Peacock, Charles Robert Ashbee

 

Dec
2
Sat
Highlights Tour
Dec 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Highlights Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a Highlights tour focusing on the Museum’s collection at 1:00 p.m.

Exhibition Tour
Dec 2 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Exhibition Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a tour of a particular exhibition at 2:00 p.m.

Dec
3
Sun
Highlights Tour
Dec 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Highlights Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a Highlights tour focusing on the Museum’s collection at 1:00 p.m.

Exhibition Tour
Dec 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Exhibition Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a tour of a particular exhibition at 2:00 p.m.

Artists on Art: John Sloan from a Painter’s Perspective
Dec 3 @ 2:30 pm
Artists on Art: John Sloan from a Painter’s Perspective

Landscape painter and John Sloan enthusiast Philip Koch will explore Sloan’s work, influences, and painting process from an artist’s point of view in the exhibit An American Journey: The Art of John Sloan.

Dec
7
Thu
Inside Look Series
Dec 7 @ 6:30 pm
Inside Look Series

Join us for in-depth conversations in the galleries, led by University of Delaware graduate student Kristen Nassif.

December 7 | 6:30 p.m. Sloan and the City
December 10 | 1:00 p.m. Sloan and the City
January 11 | 6:30 p.m. Sloan’s Etchings
January 14 | 1:00 p.m. Sloan’s Etchings

Dec
8
Fri
Glory of Stories
Dec 8 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Glory of Stories

Glory of Stories introduces young visitors to art and the Museum through a story reading followed by an interactive tour of relevant works of art and a studio art project. This program encourages learning through discovery, exploration, and hands-on experiences. Ages 2 and up.

Oct 6 Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
Oct 13 Dear Mr. Blueberry by Simon James
Oct 20 The Magic Hat by Mem Fox
Oct 27 Special Halloween edition: wear your costume! Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara

Nov 3 Weaving the Rainbow by George Ella Lyon
Nov 10 Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Nov 17 The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger
Nov 24 A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman

December 1 Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Marjorie Priceman
December 8 Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
December 15 Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
December 22 Art and Max by David Wiesner
December 29 When the Sky Is Like Lace by Elinor Lander Horwitz

January 5 The Princess Knight by Cornelia Funke
January 12 The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
January 19 Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Peсa
January 26 Journey by Aaron Becker

February 2 Before Morning by Joyce Sidman
February 9 The Shape of My Heart by Mark Sperring
February 16 I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
February 23 Dragon Dancing by Pierr Morgan

Group Reservations

Group tour reservations are required for groups of 10 or more children.
Chaperone guidelines and admission rates apply to reserved group tours. Click here for more information.

Winter Arts Festival
Dec 8 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Winter Arts Festival

Mark your calendars to celebrate the winter season at the Museum. Shop for holiday gifts from our 18 artisans, listen to festive music performed by local choirs, and enjoy special creations and décor provided by our Museum Council. A full list of artisans and performance times will be available this fall. All ages. Cash bar.

Dec
9
Sat
Winter Arts Festival
Dec 9 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Winter Arts Festival

Mark your calendars to celebrate the winter season at the Museum. Shop for holiday gifts from our 18 artisans, listen to festive music performed by local choirs, and enjoy special creations and décor provided by our Museum Council. A full list of artisans and performance times will be available this fall. All ages. Cash bar.

Highlights Tour
Dec 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Highlights Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a Highlights tour focusing on the Museum’s collection at 1:00 p.m.

Exhibition Tour
Dec 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Exhibition Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a tour of a particular exhibition at 2:00 p.m.

Dec
10
Sun
Sunday Studio
Dec 10 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Sunday Studio

Each month, adults and children can create art together and experiment with new materials, techniques, and themes in the Bank of America Education Wing Studios—no reservations required! This series is sponsored by AT&T. Recommended for ages 6+ and adults.

October 8 Pumpkin Lanterns
November 12 Weaving
December 10 Clay Ornaments
January 14 Travel the USA
February 11 Prints and Patterns

Highlights Tour
Dec 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Highlights Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a Highlights tour focusing on the Museum’s collection at 1:00 p.m.

Inside Look Series
Dec 10 @ 1:00 pm
Inside Look Series

Join us for in-depth conversations in the galleries, led by University of Delaware graduate student Kristen Nassif.

December 7 | 6:30 p.m. Sloan and the City
December 10 | 1:00 p.m. Sloan and the City
January 11 | 6:30 p.m. Sloan’s Etchings
January 14 | 1:00 p.m. Sloan’s Etchings

Exhibition Tour
Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Exhibition Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a tour of a particular exhibition at 2:00 p.m.

Dec
15
Fri
Glory of Stories
Dec 15 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Glory of Stories

Glory of Stories introduces young visitors to art and the Museum through a story reading followed by an interactive tour of relevant works of art and a studio art project. This program encourages learning through discovery, exploration, and hands-on experiences. Ages 2 and up.

Oct 6 Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
Oct 13 Dear Mr. Blueberry by Simon James
Oct 20 The Magic Hat by Mem Fox
Oct 27 Special Halloween edition: wear your costume! Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara

Nov 3 Weaving the Rainbow by George Ella Lyon
Nov 10 Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Nov 17 The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger
Nov 24 A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman

December 1 Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Marjorie Priceman
December 8 Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
December 15 Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
December 22 Art and Max by David Wiesner
December 29 When the Sky Is Like Lace by Elinor Lander Horwitz

January 5 The Princess Knight by Cornelia Funke
January 12 The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
January 19 Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Peсa
January 26 Journey by Aaron Becker

February 2 Before Morning by Joyce Sidman
February 9 The Shape of My Heart by Mark Sperring
February 16 I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
February 23 Dragon Dancing by Pierr Morgan

Group Reservations

Group tour reservations are required for groups of 10 or more children.
Chaperone guidelines and admission rates apply to reserved group tours. Click here for more information.

Dec
16
Sat
Highlights Tour
Dec 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Highlights Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a Highlights tour focusing on the Museum’s collection at 1:00 p.m.

Exhibition Tour
Dec 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Exhibition Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a tour of a particular exhibition at 2:00 p.m.

Dec
17
Sun
Highlights Tour
Dec 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Highlights Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a Highlights tour focusing on the Museum’s collection at 1:00 p.m.

Exhibition Tour
Dec 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Exhibition Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a tour of a particular exhibition at 2:00 p.m.

Cartoon Christmas Trio with the Wilmington Children’s Chorus
Dec 17 @ 7:00 pm

Celebrate the holidays with the Cartoon Christmas Trio and the Wilmington Children’s Chorus! Since its inception in 1995 by bassist Rob Swanson, the trio’s focus has been music from classic Christmas cartoons, including the “Peanuts” soundtracks. The Cartoon Christmas Trio has played hundreds of shows with live appearances on NBC, ABC, and NPR. For this concert, they will be joined by the members of the Wilmington Children’s Chorus. Cash bar and light fare available.

Purchase tickets online (coming soon) or at the door (space permitting).

Dec
21
Thu
Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk
Dec 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk

Celebrate the beginning of winter and take a break from your holiday shopping with a peaceful afternoon labyrinth walk in the Museum’s Anthony N. Fusco Reservoir. There is no fee for this program, but donations are accepted to help maintain the Museum’s labyrinth.

Dec
22
Fri
Glory of Stories
Dec 22 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Glory of Stories

Glory of Stories introduces young visitors to art and the Museum through a story reading followed by an interactive tour of relevant works of art and a studio art project. This program encourages learning through discovery, exploration, and hands-on experiences. Ages 2 and up.

Oct 6 Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
Oct 13 Dear Mr. Blueberry by Simon James
Oct 20 The Magic Hat by Mem Fox
Oct 27 Special Halloween edition: wear your costume! Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara

Nov 3 Weaving the Rainbow by George Ella Lyon
Nov 10 Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Nov 17 The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger
Nov 24 A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman

December 1 Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Marjorie Priceman
December 8 Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
December 15 Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
December 22 Art and Max by David Wiesner
December 29 When the Sky Is Like Lace by Elinor Lander Horwitz

January 5 The Princess Knight by Cornelia Funke
January 12 The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
January 19 Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Peсa
January 26 Journey by Aaron Becker

February 2 Before Morning by Joyce Sidman
February 9 The Shape of My Heart by Mark Sperring
February 16 I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
February 23 Dragon Dancing by Pierr Morgan

Group Reservations

Group tour reservations are required for groups of 10 or more children.
Chaperone guidelines and admission rates apply to reserved group tours. Click here for more information.

Dec
23
Sat
Highlights Tour
Dec 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Highlights Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a Highlights tour focusing on the Museum’s collection at 1:00 p.m.

Exhibition Tour
Dec 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Exhibition Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a tour of a particular exhibition at 2:00 p.m.

Dec
24
Sun
Highlights Tour
Dec 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Highlights Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a Highlights tour focusing on the Museum’s collection at 1:00 p.m.

Exhibition Tour
Dec 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Exhibition Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a tour of a particular exhibition at 2:00 p.m.

Dec
27
Wed
Holiday Family Festivities
Dec 27 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Holiday Family Festivities

Bring your family to the Museum over the holidays for festive art making and family-friendly celebration. Create a magical snow globe together in Kids’ Corner and find favorite works of art in the galleries.

Dec
28
Thu
Holiday Family Festivities
Dec 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Holiday Family Festivities

Bring your family to the Museum over the holidays for festive art making and family-friendly celebration. Create a magical snow globe together in Kids’ Corner and find favorite works of art in the galleries.

Dec
29
Fri
Holiday Family Festivities
Dec 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Holiday Family Festivities

Bring your family to the Museum over the holidays for festive art making and family-friendly celebration. Create a magical snow globe together in Kids’ Corner and find favorite works of art in the galleries.

Glory of Stories
Dec 29 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Glory of Stories

Glory of Stories introduces young visitors to art and the Museum through a story reading followed by an interactive tour of relevant works of art and a studio art project. This program encourages learning through discovery, exploration, and hands-on experiences. Ages 2 and up.

Oct 6 Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
Oct 13 Dear Mr. Blueberry by Simon James
Oct 20 The Magic Hat by Mem Fox
Oct 27 Special Halloween edition: wear your costume! Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara

Nov 3 Weaving the Rainbow by George Ella Lyon
Nov 10 Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Nov 17 The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger
Nov 24 A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman

December 1 Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Marjorie Priceman
December 8 Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
December 15 Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
December 22 Art and Max by David Wiesner
December 29 When the Sky Is Like Lace by Elinor Lander Horwitz

January 5 The Princess Knight by Cornelia Funke
January 12 The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
January 19 Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Peсa
January 26 Journey by Aaron Becker

February 2 Before Morning by Joyce Sidman
February 9 The Shape of My Heart by Mark Sperring
February 16 I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
February 23 Dragon Dancing by Pierr Morgan

Group Reservations

Group tour reservations are required for groups of 10 or more children.
Chaperone guidelines and admission rates apply to reserved group tours. Click here for more information.

Dec
30
Sat
Holiday Family Festivities
Dec 30 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Holiday Family Festivities

Bring your family to the Museum over the holidays for festive art making and family-friendly celebration. Create a magical snow globe together in Kids’ Corner and find favorite works of art in the galleries.

Highlights Tour
Dec 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Highlights Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a Highlights tour focusing on the Museum’s collection at 1:00 p.m.

Exhibition Tour
Dec 30 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Exhibition Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a tour of a particular exhibition at 2:00 p.m.

Dec
31
Sun
Holiday Family Festivities
Dec 31 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Holiday Family Festivities

Bring your family to the Museum over the holidays for festive art making and family-friendly celebration. Create a magical snow globe together in Kids’ Corner and find favorite works of art in the galleries.

Highlights Tour
Dec 31 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Highlights Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a Highlights tour focusing on the Museum’s collection at 1:00 p.m.

Exhibition Tour
Dec 31 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Exhibition Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a tour of a particular exhibition at 2:00 p.m.

Jan
5
Fri
Glory of Stories
Jan 5 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Glory of Stories

Glory of Stories introduces young visitors to art and the Museum through a story reading followed by an interactive tour of relevant works of art and a studio art project. This program encourages learning through discovery, exploration, and hands-on experiences. Ages 2 and up.

Oct 6 Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
Oct 13 Dear Mr. Blueberry by Simon James
Oct 20 The Magic Hat by Mem Fox
Oct 27 Special Halloween edition: wear your costume! Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara

Nov 3 Weaving the Rainbow by George Ella Lyon
Nov 10 Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Nov 17 The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger
Nov 24 A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman

December 1 Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Marjorie Priceman
December 8 Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
December 15 Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
December 22 Art and Max by David Wiesner
December 29 When the Sky Is Like Lace by Elinor Lander Horwitz

January 5 The Princess Knight by Cornelia Funke
January 12 The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
January 19 Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Peсa
January 26 Journey by Aaron Becker

February 2 Before Morning by Joyce Sidman
February 9 The Shape of My Heart by Mark Sperring
February 16 I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
February 23 Dragon Dancing by Pierr Morgan

Group Reservations

Group tour reservations are required for groups of 10 or more children.
Chaperone guidelines and admission rates apply to reserved group tours. Click here for more information.

Art is Tasty
Jan 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Art is Tasty

First Fridays of the month. This noon-time lunch series on the first Friday of every month pairs an engaging 30-minute discussion about a work of art with a delicious lunch in the Thronson Café. (Café lunch voucher included in price).

2017-18 Topics

October 6 Open No. 12 in Raw Sienna with Gray, Robert Motherwell
November 3 Dance at Cochiti Pueblo, John Sloan
December 1 The Burning Ship and An Attack on a Galleon, Howard Pyle

January 5 Reclining Nude, Abraham S. Baylinson
February 2 Tobias Curing his Father’s Blindness, Benjamin West
March 2 Toilet of a Roman Lady, Simeon Soloman
April 6 Trees in a Lane, John Ruskin, and Sycamore Tree, Andrew Wyeth
May 4 Eleanor of Aquitaine, Grace Hartigan
June 1 In the Park, Bernie Felch
July 6 March on Washington, Danny Lyon
August 3 The Mermaid, Howard Pyle
September 7 Rome II, Al Held
October 5 Indian Captives, Robert Weir
November 2 Selection from Juried Craft Exhibition
December 7 Covered Box with Peacock, Charles Robert Ashbee

 

Jan
6
Sat
Highlights Tour
Jan 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Highlights Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a Highlights tour focusing on the Museum’s collection at 1:00 p.m.

Exhibition Tour
Jan 6 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Exhibition Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a tour of a particular exhibition at 2:00 p.m.

Jan
7
Sun
Highlights Tour
Jan 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Highlights Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a Highlights tour focusing on the Museum’s collection at 1:00 p.m.

Exhibition Tour
Jan 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Exhibition Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a tour of a particular exhibition at 2:00 p.m.

Jan
11
Thu
Inside Look Series
Jan 11 @ 6:30 pm
Inside Look Series

Join us for in-depth conversations in the galleries, led by University of Delaware graduate student Kristen Nassif.

December 7 | 6:30 p.m. Sloan and the City
December 10 | 1:00 p.m. Sloan and the City
January 11 | 6:30 p.m. Sloan’s Etchings
January 14 | 1:00 p.m. Sloan’s Etchings

Performing Arts Series Preview
Jan 11 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Performing Arts Series Preview

Introducing a New Performing Arts Series in 2018

The Museum is thrilled to announce a new Performing Arts Series featuring a lineup of cutting-edge, multidisciplinary performances by regional, national, and international artists. Launching in March 2018, this series will present contemporary dance, music, spoken word, and theater performances that will address critical issues affecting the community, new experimentations in the field, and live music experiences.

Building on a long tradition of presenting performance programs and a renewed commitment to deepening engagement efforts, this series will generate opportunities for community connection, education, and civil discourse. Performances will be presented at the Museum and offsite at partnering organizations throughout Wilmington. Stay tuned for an announcement of performances in December.

Join us for an exclusive preview event to learn more about the 2018 Performing Arts Series on January 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Ticket information is available online starting in November. Advance registration recommended. 

Jan
12
Fri
Glory of Stories
Jan 12 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Glory of Stories

Glory of Stories introduces young visitors to art and the Museum through a story reading followed by an interactive tour of relevant works of art and a studio art project. This program encourages learning through discovery, exploration, and hands-on experiences. Ages 2 and up.

Oct 6 Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
Oct 13 Dear Mr. Blueberry by Simon James
Oct 20 The Magic Hat by Mem Fox
Oct 27 Special Halloween edition: wear your costume! Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara

Nov 3 Weaving the Rainbow by George Ella Lyon
Nov 10 Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Nov 17 The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger
Nov 24 A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman

December 1 Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Marjorie Priceman
December 8 Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
December 15 Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
December 22 Art and Max by David Wiesner
December 29 When the Sky Is Like Lace by Elinor Lander Horwitz

January 5 The Princess Knight by Cornelia Funke
January 12 The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
January 19 Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Peсa
January 26 Journey by Aaron Becker

February 2 Before Morning by Joyce Sidman
February 9 The Shape of My Heart by Mark Sperring
February 16 I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
February 23 Dragon Dancing by Pierr Morgan

Group Reservations

Group tour reservations are required for groups of 10 or more children.
Chaperone guidelines and admission rates apply to reserved group tours. Click here for more information.

Jan
13
Sat
Highlights Tour
Jan 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Highlights Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a Highlights tour focusing on the Museum’s collection at 1:00 p.m.

Exhibition Tour
Jan 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Exhibition Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a tour of a particular exhibition at 2:00 p.m.

Jan
14
Sun
Sunday Studio
Jan 14 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Sunday Studio

Each month, adults and children can create art together and experiment with new materials, techniques, and themes in the Bank of America Education Wing Studios—no reservations required! This series is sponsored by AT&T. Recommended for ages 6+ and adults.

October 8 Pumpkin Lanterns
November 12 Weaving
December 10 Clay Ornaments
January 14 Travel the USA
February 11 Prints and Patterns

Highlights Tour
Jan 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Highlights Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a Highlights tour focusing on the Museum’s collection at 1:00 p.m.

Inside Look Series
Jan 14 @ 1:00 pm
Inside Look Series

Join us for in-depth conversations in the galleries, led by University of Delaware graduate student Kristen Nassif.

December 7 | 6:30 p.m. Sloan and the City
December 10 | 1:00 p.m. Sloan and the City
January 11 | 6:30 p.m. Sloan’s Etchings
January 14 | 1:00 p.m. Sloan’s Etchings

Exhibition Tour
Jan 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Exhibition Tour

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a tour of a particular exhibition at 2:00 p.m.

Jan
16
Tue
Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service
Jan 16 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at the Museum in partnership with One Village Alliance and Raising Kings. Activities include gallery highlights, art making, mentorship opportunities, and more. Free; donations accepted.

Jan
18
Thu
Concerts on Kentmere: Celebrating the Works and Career of John Sloan
Jan 18 @ 7:30 pm
Concerts on Kentmere: Celebrating the Works and Career of John Sloan

Celebrate John Sloan with Mozart’s Divertimento in E-flat Major for String Trio (4th movement), selections from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess (arranged by Heifitz), and Reynaldo Hahn’s Piano Quartet in G Major, No. 3. Each Thursday evening concert will begin with a short curator talk exploring connections with the collection. Audiences can enjoy coffee and desserts at intermission. The Museum is open late on Thursday evenings and the Thronson Cafй serves drinks and light fare before each concert. Snow date: Sunday, January 21 | 4:00 p.m.

7:30 p.m. Curator talk by Heather Campbell Coyle
8:00 p.m. Concert