New! Distinguished Lecturers Series: Yoko Ono and Japanese Performance Artists with Dr. Midori Yoshimoto
Sep 19 @ 6:00 pm
New! Distinguished Lecturers Series: Yoko Ono and Japanese Performance Artists with Dr. Midori Yoshimoto

The Distinguished Lecturers Series invites noted scholars to discuss the rich layers of history and ideas underlying the Delaware Art Museum’s collections. In the early 1960s, Yoko Ono bridged the art worlds between New York and Tokyo, facilitating creative artistic exchange among artists of both worlds. This talk by Dr. Midori Yoshimoto will highlight the imaginative work of Yoko Ono during the 1960s. It will also lay out the brief history of avant-garde performance in Japan and introduce Ono’s contemporaries.

From Houdini to Hugo Family Day, Artist Talk, and Book Signing
Oct 18 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

BrianPhotoGet ready to go on an adventure with the whole family and explore the art and imagination behind Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator and author Brian Selznick. Families will create art projects inspired by Selznick’s illustrations and stories as well as enjoy an entertaining magic show. Selznick will give a talk and Q&A followed by a book signing.

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11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Art Stations
Fusco Hall & East Court
Create works of art inspired by Brian Selznick’s illustration with a variety of media and techniques.

11:15 a.m. – Magic Show
DuPont Auditorium
Enjoy an entertaining and engaging magic show by Peter Pitchford of Magic by Manipulation.

12:30 p.m. – Artist Talk: Brian Selznick
DuPont Auditorium
Brian Selznick will talk about his career and the making of his book The Invention of Hugo Cabret and book-inspired film, Hugo followed by Q & A’s.

12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. – From Houdini to Hugo Family Tour
Fusco Gallery
Explore the art and imagination of Brian Selznick on this family-friendly tour of From Houdini to Hugo.

1:30 p.m. – Brian Selznick Book Signing & Mingling Magic
East Court
Meet Brian Selznick, get your favorite book signed, and participate in mingling magic with Peter Pitchford.

The Helen Farr Sloan Legacy Society presents USA vs. Art Thieves: True Tales from the FBI’s Real Indiana Jones
Nov 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

After a sold-out lecture in 2012, Robert Wittman, the FBI’s National Art Crime Team founder and author of a New York Times bestseller, returns with tales of his 20-year career recovering more than $300 million in stolen art. Join Wittman for this fun and informative presentation on notorious art heists and daring undercover recoveries. Space is limited. For questions, please call 302.351.8506.

Presented by: Delaware Art Museum’s Helen Farr Sloan Legacy Society
Sponsored by:  Northern Trust Company of Delaware


Dog Dogs Family Day
Apr 19 @ 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm

New Jersey, 1971. Elliott Erwitt (born 1928). Gelatin silver print. © Elliott Erwitt / Magnum Photos.Explore Elliott Erwitt’s beautiful and funny photographs of canines with dog-themed art activities, story readings, and a gallery scavenger hunt. Families will also enjoy Blue Sky Puppet Theatre’s puppet show The Barker of Seville—a musical comedy about a day in the life of an opera singer.

Learn more about the exhibition Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs.

Schedule of Events

Noon – 3:30 p.m.  Canine-inspired Art Activities (East Court)

12:30 p.m.  Story Reading: Go Dog Go! by P.B. Eastman (Kids’ Corner)

1:00 p.m.  The Barker of Seville by Blue Sky Puppet Theatre (DuPont Auditorium)

2:00 p.m.  Gallery Scavenger Hunt (Gallery 10)

2:30 p.m.  Story Reading: Art Dog by Thachur Hurd (Kids’ Corner)

** This is an indoor event and dogs will not be allowed in the Museum. Dogs are always welcome in the Copeland Sculpture Garden!**

Family Film: 101 Dalmatians
May 21 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

101-dalmatians-51213f7edecdaFilm begins at 4:30 p.m. (79 minutes)

Families are invited to explore the photography exhibition Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs and enjoy a screening of Disney’s 101 Dalmatians (1961). This family film includes popcorn and an art activity for kids. Food and beverages available for purchase in the Thronson Café.

Wilmington Artists Gallery Talks
Sep 17 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Wilmington Artists Gallery Talks

Discover the creative energy and trends of Wilmington’s artistic community during the 1970s and 1980s with gallery talks led by artists featured in Dream Streets: Art in Wilmington 1970–1990.

September 17: Abstraction in Delaware with Margo Allman, Mitch Lyons, and Dr. James E. Newton

Our America Día de la Familia
Apr 9 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

mbm-web-2Join us for a family-friendly celebration of Latino art and culture! Families are invited to build a collaborative ofrenda (offering), make art that tells their family’s story, watch performances by visiting artists, and take a mini family tour of the exhibition Our America.  Music and dance performances of Mexico Beyond Mariachi will take place at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Día de la Familia Nuestra América
Sábado 9 de abril | 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
¡Únase a nosotros para una celebración familiar del arte y la cultura latina! Las familias están invitadas a elaborar una ofrenda de colaboración, hacer arte que cuente la historia de su familia, ver las actuaciones de los artistas visitantes y realizar una mini visita familiar de la exposición Nuestra América. Gratis.


Kids’ Corner Family Workshops: Kaleidoscope Cove
Apr 23 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

IMG_9127_lowresThe Volta family, our Family-in-Residence, is installing Kaleidoscope Cove in Kids’ Corner now through the end of April and families are invited to participate in the creation process! Kaleidoscope Cove is an interactive installation that explores Howard Pyle’s work through a kaleidoscopic lens. The temporary installation will feature a cascading paper garland waterfall and curtain of paper gold coins, a kid-sized geometric cove, and details of Pyle’s work patterned on the walls. Drop-in on select Saturdays in April for a series of Family Workshops and contribute to this interactive work of art! Free.

April 23: Polyhedron Gems and Jewels

Kids’ Corner Grand Opening: Kaleidoscope Cove
May 7 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm


Join us for a grand opening of Kaleidoscope Cove, an interactive installation designed by our Family-in-Residence, the Voltas! Kaleidoscope Cove explores Howard Pyle’s work through a kaleidoscopic lens. The temporary installation features a cascading paper garland waterfall and curtain of paper gold coins, a kid-sized geometric cove, and details of Pyle’s work patterned on the walls. Drop-in on May 7 to meet the artists, make kaleidoscopes, and explore the space!

Refreshments will be served. Registration required.