PROGRAMS & EVENTS

Feb
14
Fri
Art is After Dark : Valentine’s Day
Feb 14 @ 6:00 pm
Art is After Dark : Valentine's Day

Celebrate a one-of-kind Valentine’s Day with your main squeeze or with friends! Enjoy chocolate fondue and champagne for purchase, listen to intriguing stories of romance and treachery on a “Love, Lies, and Oil Paint” tour, find your perfect artwork match, enjoy tunes spun by DJ Michael Hunter, and create pop-up Valentines! Studio Workshop: Clay Date.

About Art Is After Dark

The Museum comes alive on select Friday nights! Each night is unique with live music, special performances, Studio activities, films, gallery games, tours, and more! Plus, stroll the galleries and enjoy a cash bar with snacks in the Thronson Café. Free for Members, $8 in advance or $10 at the door for Non-Members.

There’s more!

You can also sign up for the popular Friday Evening Adult Workshops from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Museum’s Studio. Supplies, beer, wine, and light snacks provided. Pre-registration is required. Must be 21 participate. $30 Members, $35 Non-Members. Click here for more information.

Mar
14
Fri
Art is After Dark : Fashion, Photography, and Art
Mar 14 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 14 @ 10:00 pm
Art is After Dark : Fashion, Photography, and Art

Experience the new exhibition Fashion, Circus, Spectacle: Photographs by Scott Heiser with a fashion show by Rags to Riches upscale resale boutique and Sache Boutique, fashion sketching, clothing displays by Aoki, and ‘80s music with DJ Zip! The exhibition features stunning black-and-white photography of fashion runways, circuses, dance competitions, and more from the 1970s and ’80s.

1980s attire encouraged. Click here for fashion inspiration.

Studio Workshops: Clay Date and Wine Charm Creations.

Event Partners: Rags to RichesAoki Boutique, and Sache Boutique.

About Art Is After Dark

The Museum comes alive on select Friday nights! Each night is unique with live music, special performances, Studio activities, films, gallery games, tours, and more! Plus, stroll the galleries and enjoy a cash bar with snacks in the Thronson Café. Free for Members, $8 in advance or $10 at the door for Non-Members.

There’s more!

You can also sign up for the popular Friday Evening Adult Workshops from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Museum’s Studio. Supplies, beer, wine, and light snacks provided. Pre-registration is required. Must be 21 participate. $30 Members, $35 Non-Members. Click here for more information.

Apr
11
Fri
Art is After Dark: Dr. Sketchy’s
Apr 11 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 11 @ 10:00 pm

Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School of Philadelphia is back clad in ’80s outfits using Fashion, Circus, Spectacle: Photographs by Scott Heiser as inspiration. Special guest models include America’s Next Top Model Finalist Cory Wade Hindorff and Philadelphia burlesque royalty Kiki Berlin. Enjoy tunes by DJ John Burke and strike a pose in the ’80s-inspired photo booth with local photographer Leslie Barbaro!

Studio Workshops: Clay Date

About Art Is After Dark

The Museum comes alive on select Friday nights! Each night is unique with live music, special performances, Studio activities, films, gallery games, tours, and more! Plus, stroll the galleries and enjoy a cash bar with snacks in the Thronson Café. Free for Members, $8 in advance or $10 at the door for Non-Members. There’s more! You can also sign up for the popular Friday Evening Adult Workshops from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Museum’s Studio. Supplies, beer, wine, and light snacks provided. Pre-registration is required. Must be 21 participate. $30 Members, $35 Non-Members. Click here for more information.

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May
9
Fri
Art is After Dark: Film & Fashion
May 9 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Art is After Dark: Film & Fashion

Stop in for a special film screening of Bill Cunningham New York (2010), a documentary about the noted New York City fashion photographer. Cunningham, who worked with photographer Scott Heiser at SoHo Weekly News, chronicled fashion trends, high-society charity soireés, downtown eccentrics, uptown fixtures such as Anna Wintour, and everyone in between.

There will be a tour of the exhibition Fashion, Circus, Spectacle: Photographs by Scott Heiser at 6:30 p.m. The film will start at 7:30 p.m. (90 minutes) with an introduction by Curator Heather Campbell Coyle.

About Art Is After Dark

The Museum comes alive on select Friday nights! Each night is unique with live music, special performances, Studio activities, films, gallery games, tours, and more! Plus, stroll the galleries and enjoy a cash bar with snacks in the Thronson Café. Free for Members, $8 in advance or $10 at the door for Non-Members.

There’s more!

You can also sign up for the popular Friday Evening Adult Workshops from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Museum’s Studio. Supplies, beer, wine, and light snacks provided. Pre-registration is required. Must be 21 participate. $30 Members, $35 Non-Members. Click here for more information.

Jun
13
Fri
Art is After Dark: Battle of the Ages
Jun 13 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Enjoy a summer night with a mix of rock, classic rock, reggae, and blues for Battle of the Ages! The Battle will be made up of two bands of 6-10 local musicians competing for the title and prizes. The Old Timers (over 35) versus The Young Ones (under 35) will perform live and visitors will get the chance to vote for their favorite band. 

Guests are also invited to stroll through the galleries on a docent-led tour from 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. A cash bar with food will also be available.

**The event will be moved indoors due to the inclement weather.***

Check this page or follow us at facebook/delawareartmuseum and on twitter @delartmuseum for updates.

***Pre-register and be entered to win a $20 gift card to El Diablo Burritos in Trolley Square + 2 free tickets to future Art is After Dark events!***

Musicians

The Old Timers (over 35):

Guitar/vocals: Rob Grant – Cameltones
Drums/vocals: Kevin McCabe – Mallory Square
Vocals: Kat Pigliacampi
Guitar/vocals: Kurt Houff – Montana Wildaxe
Percussion: Kevin Kelleher – Cameltones
Keys/vocals: Jim Miller
Bass: Randy Waters Brixton Saint
Horns: Mark Macturk
Horns: Kevin McCalley
Guitar: Benjamin Ledyard – Cameltones
Guitar/bass/vocals: Christian Salcedo – Nine Eyes
Bass Aaron Goldstein – Mallory Square

The Young Ones (under 35):

Guitar/vocals: Aaron Poole – The Full Carbon Get Up
Bass: Matt Messatzzia
Drums or Keys: Dave Lee – Still Moon Servants.
Vocals/percussion: Sherri Nicole – Jason Jefferies and the Tall Trees and The Full Carbon Get Up
Guitar/vocals: Jason Webb – The Hold Up
Flute and Trombone: Julius Brown – The Dirty Dozen brass band
Trumpet: Dan Booker
Sax: Nathan Heitzman
Guitar: Gordon Lippincott – The Mad Sweet Pangs

Event Partners & Sponsors:

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About Art Is After Dark

The Museum comes alive on select Friday nights! Each night is unique with live music, special performances, Studio activities, films, gallery games, tours, and more! Plus, stroll the galleries and enjoy a cash bar with snacks in the Thronson Café. Free for Members, $8 in advance or $10 at the door for Non-Members.

There’s more!

You can also sign up for the popular Friday Evening Adult Workshops from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Museum’s Studio. Supplies, beer, wine, and light snacks provided. Pre-registration is required. Must be 21 participate. $30 Members, $35 Non-Members. Click here for more information.

Sep
5
Fri
Art is After Dark: Artful Yoga
Sep 5 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Art is After Dark: Artful Yoga

Bring your mat and practice yoga among art at the Museum! Join instructor Hunter Clarke-Fields for a relaxing session of yoga and learn more about zen works in the contemporary collection on a docent-led tour.

Session 1 (6:30 p.m. = moved indoors):
Flow from the Inside Out:
Experience Core-strength vinyasa, the most organic form of flowing yoga. In this all-levels class, Hunter will teach you how to move “from the inside-out,” for greater stability and ease in your yoga. This class is for those who want to move.

Session 2 (8:00 p.m. indoors):
Yoga with the Heart of Loving-Kindness:
Relax, revive, and become attuned to your most peaceful self with this gentle yoga practice. Hunter will incorporate loving-kindness practice into this stress-relieving yoga session. Let go of the tensions of the week and find your bliss.

Tours:
7:30 p.m.

About Hunter Clarke-Fields:
Hunter Clarke-Fields, MSAE, RYT, has over 18 years of experience in yoga practice and over 8 years experience teaching yoga. She has been a meditator and mindfulness practitioner for over a decade, and has the dharma name, “Calm breath of the heart.” She thrives on serving others through yoga, practicing her creative expression as an artist, and nurturing a mindful and joyful life with her family. Hunter blogs at HunterYoga.com and you can listen to her podcast, Yoga Stories Project.

*Times are subject to change. Please check this page for updated information the day of the event.

About Art Is After Dark

The Museum comes alive on select Friday nights! Each night is unique with live music, special performances, Studio activities, films, gallery games, tours, and more! Plus, stroll the galleries and enjoy a cash bar with snacks in the Thronson Café. Free for Members, $8 in advance or $10 at the door for Non-Members.

There’s more!

You can also sign up for the popular Friday Evening Adult Workshops from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Museum’s Studio. Supplies, beer, wine, and light snacks provided. Pre-registration is required. Must be 21 participate. $30 Members, $35 Non-Members. Click here for more information.

Oct
10
Fri
Art is After Dark: Labyrinth (1986) Movie Night and Labyrinth Walk
Oct 10 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us for a after-hours labyrinth walk  in the Anthony N. Fusco Reservoir and special film screening of Labyrinth (1986) in Fusco Grand Hall.

*The tour of the collection has been canceled.

6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Labyrinth walk
7:30 p.m.  Film starts

About Art Is After Dark

The Museum comes alive on select Friday nights! Each night is unique with live music, special performances, Studio activities, films, gallery games, tours, and more! Plus, stroll the galleries and enjoy a cash bar with snacks in the Thronson Café. Free for Members, $8 in advance or $10 at the door for Non-Members.

There’s more!

You can also sign up for the popular Friday Evening Adult Workshops from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Museum’s Studio. Supplies, beer, wine, and light snacks provided. Pre-registration is required. Must be 21 participate. $30 Members, $35 Non-Members. Click here for more information.

Nov
14
Fri
Art is After Dark: From Houdini to Hugo
Nov 14 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Art is After Dark: From Houdini to Hugo

Tour the exhibition From Houdini to Hugo: the Art of Brian Selznick and experience sleight of hand magic tricks followed by a screening of the movie Hugo (2011), adapted from Brian Selznick’s book The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tour of the exhibition
7:00 p.m. Magic Show
7:30 p.m. Film begins in Auditorium

About Art Is After Dark

The Museum comes alive on select Friday nights! Each night is unique with live music, special performances, Studio activities, films, gallery games, tours, and more! Plus, stroll the galleries and enjoy a cash bar with snacks in the Thronson Café. Free for Members, $8 in advance or $10 at the door for Non-Members.

There’s more!

You can also sign up for the popular Friday Evening Adult Workshops from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Museum’s Studio. Supplies, beer, wine, and light snacks provided. Pre-registration is required. Must be 21 participate. $30 Members, $35 Non-Members. Click here for more information.

Dec
12
Fri
Art is After Dark: Winter Arts Festival
Dec 12 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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Celebrate the holiday season at the Museum! Finish up (or start!) your holiday shopping with 19 diverse artisans, tour festive works in the collection, and enjoy a blend of holiday and pop music performed by the University of Delaware’s a cappella group Vocal Point. Cash bar and snacks available.

**The Museum Store will be open Friday, December 12 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. From December 17 through December 24, all Museum Members receive a 20% discount in the Store (regular discount for Museum Members is 10%).**

Click here to learn about the Artisans.

About Art Is After Dark

The Museum comes alive on select Friday nights! Each night is unique with live music, special performances, Studio activities, films, gallery games, tours, and more! Plus, stroll the galleries and enjoy a cash bar with snacks in the Thronson Café. Free for Members, $8 in advance or $10 at the door for Non-Members.

There’s more!

You can also sign up for the popular Friday Evening Adult Workshops from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Museum’s Studio. Supplies, beer, wine, and light snacks provided. Pre-registration is required. Must be 21 participate. $30 Members, $35 Non-Members. Click here for more information.

Jul
4
Sat
Museum Closed
Jul 4 all-day
Museum Closed

The Delaware Art Museum will be closed to the public on Saturday, July 4, 2015.

Nov
26
Thu
Museum Closed
Nov 26 all-day
Museum Closed

The Delaware Art Museum will be closed to the public on November 26, 2015.

Dec
25
Fri
Museum Closed
Dec 25 all-day
Museum Closed

The Delaware Art Museum will be closed to the public on December 25, 2015.

Jan
1
Fri
Museum Closed
Jan 1 all-day
Museum Closed

The Delaware Art Museum will be closed to the public on January 1, 2016.

Jan
23
Sat
Museum Closed
Jan 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Museum Closed

The Museum will be closed Saturday, January 23, 2016 due to inclement weather.

Jan
24
Sun
Museum Closed
Jan 24 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Museum Closed

The Museum will be closed Saturday, January 23, 2016 due to inclement weather.

Jul
11
Thu
Performance: Los Pleneros de la 21
Jul 11 @ 8:00 pm

Special Guest: El Grupo Ámbar de Delaware

Put on your dancing shoes for the infectious sounds of Puerto Rican bomba and plena! After the performance, enjoy a dance party featuring DJ Willie until 11 pm.

Los Pleneros de la 21, the premier East Harlem-based performing ensemble and non-profit community organization, was founded in 1983 by Juan J. ‘Juango’ Gutiérrez (National Endowment on the Arts’ Heritage Fellow, 1996) and the legendary Master Plenero Marcial Reyes Arvelo. Having toured extensively both nationally and internationally for over three decades, ‘LP21’ is considered by many as New York’s preeminent Bomba and Plena ambassadors to the world, bringing Puerto Rican culture to Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Latin America, Australia, Berlin, The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, The Kremlin (former Soviet Union) and countless other international cities and prominent venues.

The LP21 ensemble, an exceptional mix of Puerto Rican Folk Masters and professional musicians, are all united in their common cause to expose the importance of traditional Puerto Rican music, has pioneered the road for bomba and plena performance and is responsible for expanding platforms for continued performance, learning and the presentation of Bomba and Plena—paving the way for many other musicians who now share their stage.

LP21’s latest album, Los Pleneros de la 21 Live at Pregones: 35 years of Bomba & Plena (Truth Revolution Records, Nov 2018), is an ode to the group’s long arduous yet satisfying journey – milestone indeed, of a lifetime of work, blood, sweat, tears and laughter of countless dedicated bomberos, pleneros, educators and cultural advocates, raising their spear in the name of Puerto Rican Bomba & Plena, and the makers of this tradition. The album marks a new era for LP21, with a younger generation of musicians taking leadership in re-envisioning LP21’s style and persona

LP21’s landmark community-based cultural and educational programs, such as Bomba and Plena Community Workshops for adult and kids, Bomba and Plena In the house for NYC school children, and Cultural Legacy Programs, have created a common space for the recognition, education and practice of Puerto Rican culture and identity. While in Wilmington they will be working with students from the Latin American Community Center.

Sponsored by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE SERIES

The Delaware Art Museum’s performance series features bold, adventurous works from a variety of art forms. With a focus on social justice and cutting edge creative performance, this series brings artists to Delaware who are pushing creative boundaries and responding to present day events in innovative ways. Performances will take place on the Museum’s campus and out in the community. Learn more.

All ticket purchases are final. No refunds or exchanges will be issued.

Jul
25
Thu
Performance: Fanm d’Ayiti by Nathalie Joachim with the Spektral Quartet
Jul 25 @ 8:00 pm

Fanm d’Ayiti (Women of Haiti) is an evening-length work for voice, flute, string quartet and electronics developed by composer/performer Nathalie Joachim. Commissioned by St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series, Fanm d’Ayiti is a celebration of some of Haiti’s most iconic yet under recognized female artists, as well as an exploration of Joachim’s Haitian heritage. The project features original songs incorporating the recorded voices of Joachim’s grandmother and the girls choir of her family’s home farming village of Dantan; new arrangements of songs by some of the greatest known female voices in Haitian history; and recorded interviews with these artists about their lives fighting for social justice and uplifting the people of Haiti. Developed in a two year Liquid Music Virtual Residency, Fanm d’Ayiti premiered in March 2018 with members of SPCO in St. Paul, MN, and will be presented in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 season with Spektral Quartet.

Flutist and composer Nathalie Joachim (Eighth Blackbird, Flutronix), “an edgy multi-genre performance artist who has long been pushing boundaries with her flute” (The Washington Post)

SPEKTRAL QUARTET actively pursues a vivid conversation between exhilarating works of the traditional canon and those written this decade, this year, or this week. With the New York Times writing that “they have everything: a supreme technical command that seems to come easily, a capacity to make complicated music clear, and, most notably…an ability to cast a magic spell”, Spektral is known for creating seamless connections across centuries, drawing in the listener with charismatic deliveries, interactive concert formats, an up-close atmosphere, and bold, inquisitive programming.

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE SERIES

The Delaware Art Museum’s performance series features bold, adventurous works from a variety of art forms. With a focus on social justice and cutting edge creative performance, this series brings artists to Delaware who are pushing creative boundaries and responding to present day events in innovative ways. Performances will take place on the Museum’s campus and out in the community.

All ticket purchases are final. No refunds or exchanges will be issued.

Learn more.

Aug
16
Fri
Performance: The Light Fantastical by Makeda Thomas
Aug 16 @ 8:00 pm

Exhilarating modern dance performance that explores Caribbean culture

The Museum is thrilled to host world-renowned Trinidadian dancer and choreographer, Makeda Thomas, on August 16. During this 40-minute performance in Fusco Grand Hall, Thomas and two dancers from her company will perform a captivating modern dance titled The Light Fantastical, a contemporary exploration of Caribbean culture through dance. This improvisational piece is imbued with metaphor for art and technology that comes out of Afrofuturist culture—or more appropriately, “Caribbean Futurisms.” It considers how Caribbean cultural forms navigate time and space, and innovate new histories, sciences, and aesthetics. As part of the performance, the Museum’s Fusco Grand Hall will be transformed into a space that will pull viewers into The Light!

The Light Fantastical will be preceded by a special 20-minute performance by professional dancers from Wilmington’s own Pieces of a Dream Dance Company. A long time artistic partner with the Museum, Pieces of a Dream is dedicated to exploring contemporary societal issues through the medium of dance.

About Makeda Thomas

“The postmodern African Diasporan dancer-scholar whose work goes beyond stereotype and the market appetite for clichés regarding the black dancing body.” Trinidadian artist Makeda Thomas’ choreography, films and site-specific work has been presented internationally, including at HARLEM Stage/Aaron Davis Hall, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York Live Arts, Teatro Africa, the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Queens Hall, and Teatro de la Ciudad. Thomas has received awards and commissions from Creative Capital, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, and 651 ARTS Black Dance: Tradition & Transformation, among others. She lives and works in Port of Spain and Brooklyn.

Schedule

7:00 pm – Museum doors open
8:00 pm – Curator tour by Margaret Winslow of works that Ms. Thomas is drawn to.
8:30 pm – Performance by Pieces of a Dream Dance Theatre of excerpts from Uprising: Rememberance|Resistance|Revival
8:50 pm – The Light Fantastical by Makeda Thomas
9:30 pm – Q & A with the artist

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE SERIES

The Delaware Art Museum’s performance series features bold, adventurous works from a variety of art forms. With a focus on social justice and cutting edge creative performance, this series brings artists to Delaware who are pushing creative boundaries and responding to present day events in innovative ways. Performances will take place on the Museum’s campus and out in the community.

All ticket purchases are final. No refunds or exchanges will be issued.

Learn more.

Sep
15
Sun
Performance: Wilmington Classical Guitar Society Member Showcase
Sep 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Performance: Wilmington Classical Guitar Society Member Showcase

Experience the beauty of classical guitar at a showcase featuring the Guitar Society’s professional and amateur members.

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE SERIES

The Delaware Art Museum’s performance series features bold, adventurous works from a variety of art forms. With a focus on social justice and cutting edge creative performance, this series brings artists to Delaware who are pushing creative boundaries and responding to present day events in innovative ways. Performances will take place on the Museum’s campus and out in the community. Learn more.

All ticket purchases are final. No refunds or exchanges will be issued.

Oct
10
Thu
Performance: Pyxis Piano Quartet – Present from the Past
Oct 10 @ 7:30 pm
Performance: Pyxis Piano Quartet - Present from the Past @ Delaware Art Museum

Reflecting on the work of Mitch Lyons, who expanded traditional clay techniques into a new form, Pyxis will pair Brahms’ magnificent Piano Quartet No. 3 with Pulitzer-winner Caroline Shaw’s piano quartet Thousandth Orange. Shaw says, “The thousandth orange you eat is just as extraordinary as the first,” and this evening is filled with music exploring how what seems new can draw boldly on what went before.

At 7:30 p.m., a Museum curator will present a 15-minute pre-concert talk. You are also welcome to arrive early for dinner and light fare in the Museum’s Thronson Café. The concert begin at 8:00 and will feature complimentary desserts and coffee at intermission.

Season tickets are $90 for Museum Members, $105 for Non-Members, and $75 for students with a valid ID.
Individual tickets are $30 for Museum Members, $35 for Non-Members, and $25 for students.

About Pyxis Piano Quartet

Pyxis Piano Quartet performs chamber concerts that include works from the sonata, duo, and trio repertoire as well as traditional and contemporary masterpieces for piano quartet.

Compelling, engaging and informative, the vibrant performances of Pyxis Piano Quartet have become increasingly sought after in the mid-Atlantic region. The Philadelphia Inquirer has described Pyxis as “excellent,” and Christine Facciolo (deartsinfo.com) stated in a recent review “balance, ensemble, superb intonation and sensitive interpretation characterized this performance.”

Learn more.

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE SERIES

The Delaware Art Museum’s performance series features bold, adventurous works from a variety of art forms. With a focus on social justice and cutting edge creative performance, this series brings artists to Delaware who are pushing creative boundaries and responding to present day events in innovative ways. Performances will take place on the Museum’s campus and out in the community.

All ticket purchases are final. No refunds or exchanges will be issued.

Learn more.