Delaware Art Museum Presents ‘Dream Streets’: Art In Wilmington 1970-1990

The Delaware Art Museum is pleased to present Dream Streets: Art in Wilmington 1970-1990, on view June 27 – September 27, 2015. This exhibition celebrates two dynamic decades of flourishing artistic activity in the City of Wilmington, Delaware, and features artists who emerged as key participants in the Wilmington art community during the 1970s and 1980s.

Beginning in the early 1970s, a number of commercial galleries, city-supported arts initiatives, and dedicated federal funding for outreach programs were established in Wilmington and its surrounding communities. Within this encouraging climate, artists collaborated to create organizations such as the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts and the Delaware Theatre Company, many of which continue to support contemporary art in Wilmington today.

The creative energy extended further in the 1980s as Art on the Town, the citywide art loop launched in September 1988 and sponsored by the Wilmington Arts Commission, created a network to connect the multiple performing and visual arts organizations around the city. By the early 1990s, economic crises and the scrutiny of government funding of the arts led to a decrease in creative energy. In the wake were two of the most artistically vibrant decades of the 20th century.

This landmark exhibition plots the development of artistic trends within the Wilmington community and their relation to national creative tendencies, showcasing craft and design, drawing, painting, performance art, photography, and sculpture. More than 50 artists, including Mitch Lyons, Tom Watkins, Mary Page Evans, and Flash Rosenberg, are included in the exhibition. A catalogue featuring artist recollections and scholarly essays, a revival of the popular Dreamstreets arts and literary magazine, and a rich schedule of live arts programs and events will accompany the show.

Delaware Art Museum’s Performance Art Exhibit

ono_cut-piece-1965Retro·active: Performance Art from 1964–1987

June 14, 2014 – September 21, 2014

Organized to coincide with the Museum’s showing of Independent Curators International’s Performance Now, Retro·active presents a historical view of this important genre. Performance art as a genre exploded onto the art scene in the mid-1960s and developed through the 1970s and 1980s to incorporate audience participation, dance, and video. Six groundbreaking works by artists Carolee Schneemann, Yoko Ono, Chris Burden, Dan Graham, Joan Jonas, and Paul McCarthy trace this pivotal moment and provide an historical context for contemporary performance art.

In Cut Piece, which was first performed in Japan in 1964, in New York in 1965 and later in London, Yoko Ono invites audiences to cut away pieces of her clothing with a pair of scissors. She is virtually motionless throughout the performance, surrendering herself to the different reactions of audience participants.


Marina Abramovic will also be on view!