The summer of N.C. Wyeth

I had a wonderful time last night at the VIP opening of N.C. Wyeth: New Perspectives at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. In attendance was Bo Bartlett, Betsy Eby, Mary Page Evans, ‘The’ Helga, among others. The installation is stunning and is in conjunction with the N.C. Wyeth: Painter and Illustrator exhibit at the Somerville Manning Gallery. Both exhibitions are up all summer.

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Dreams Are Not Illegal

Wilmington’s Twin Poets
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Their powerful spoken-word performances have won awards and landed them on national TV. Now the Wilmington brothers known as the “Twin Poets” have been named the state’s ambassadors for poetry.

Gov. Jack Markell announced Wednesday night during an event at the Delaware Art Museum that Nnamdi Chukwuocha and Al Mills will share the title of 17th Poets Laureate of Delaware.

“You have got something to say that I think people need to hear,” Markell said. “People from all walks of life, who may not have ever come together otherwise, are going to hear this message.”

The identical twins, 45, who both are social workers, are known for their rhythmically spoken poetry that details issues like gun violence, poverty, drugs and the criminal justice system. Their poem “Dreams are illegal in the Ghetto,” for example, includes such lines as “Gunshots ring out in the heat of the night/Followed by screams, violently disrupting my dreams/in my neighborhood/I don’t have to read the paper or watch the news/To know that something bad happened around here tonight.”

Read more here: Delaware Online

 

Dreams Are Not Illegal

I had a dream
I had a dream that I was in America
I mean I was actually in the land of the beautiful
And the home of the brave
My boss came into my office and said
‘Hi bob, how’s it going?
Why don’t you take off early and here is that raise”
As I pulled my Suburban, up to my suburban home
I checked the mail in the box
And saw that I was approved for another home equity loan
Girl scouts were there ringing the bell with cookies to sale
Of course, I brought a box
As Hillary quieted down Maraduke, who had begun to bark
And later on, me – the wife & kids took a bike ride to the park
When we returned we had apple pie with ice cream on top
Then we buckled up and headed on down to the Redbox
To get some videos to watch
When we got in, the kids put on their pjs
And we met in the den
Relaxed on the couch for some family time watching videos
Then all these strangers turned to me and said:
What are you doing here? Don’t you know…
Dreams are Illegal in the Ghetto
Gunshots ring in the heat of the night
Followed by screams, violently disrupting my dreams
In my neighborhood
I don’t have to read the paper or watch the news
To know that something bad happen around here tonight
But once the ambulance leaves, the police sirens stop,
And the crowd disperses
The silence soaks into my soul, sobering my senses
In this often over-intoxicating society
I try to relax but the Devil just won’t let go
He keeps pointing to the signs that are posted all around me
That read: Dreams are Illegal
My neighborhood is the bottom of the barrel
Where drugs get mixed
Here there are no brothers and sisters
Just confused brothers and sisters
Here people drown in the backwash
Of the latest political scandal
In the midst of ghetto chaos dreams are quickly lost
In the ghetto the Devil is in sweet control
As dreams are stole
There is no honor amongst thieves
So dreams are stolen with ease
A high school graduate barely seventeen
Gives up her college dreams, for a pair of tight jeans
And a chance to be the next ghetto queen
In the ghetto checks and basketballs bounce with regularity
Life and death intermix with no disparity
Ghetto youth live for nothing, ghetto youth die for nothing
Everyday blue skies are gray
All they know is, they wanna make $doe
The Devil has them chasing a colorless rainbow
At the end there is no pot of gold, just a pot of steam
Which he exchanges for their dreams
Bonified slaves are made in the Devil’s dream trade
Without dreams you are equivalent to being non-existent
Our children need to be told they can achieve
And that God bless those that hold on to their dreams
We have to take down the signs so that our children won’t know
That the Devil is trying to make dreams illegal
-Twin Poets (Al & Nnamdi), Kwanzaa ‘97

 

 

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.

4th DCAD Alumni Biennial Exhibition

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Opening reception: Friday, February 6, 5 to 8 PM
Exhibition runs: February 6 – February 28

DCAD will host its Fourth Alumni Exhibition featuring the work of alumni from across several classes. A variety of media and art forms will be featured in this diverse show.

A free opening reception will be held Friday, February 6, from 5 to 8PM, in conjunction with Wilmington’s Art on the Town, Wilmington Delaware Art Loop! (Open to the public). Opening reception sponsored by Dogfish Head Beer.

http://www.dcad.edu

Artwork by James Beamer, Photography, Class of 2005.

DCCA Fundraiser Auction & 35th Anniversary Exhibition

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Art Meets Elegance! Join us on Saturday, October 11 for an exciting evening channeling Truman Capote’s Black & White Ball as we celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the DCCA. The art masquerade party will feature you as we party in our imaginative black and white attire and art masks. Food, dancing, silent and live auctions, and entertainment!

Proceeds raised from the event will help underwrite the costs of DCCA exhibitions and educational programs. Thank you for your support of the DCCA!

Click here for more info: http://www.thedcca.org/black-and-white-ball

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Delaware Art Museum’s Performance Art Exhibit

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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.

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Marina Abramovic will also be on view!

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DCAD Biennial Exhibition

The Exhibition opening reception will be held in the Toni & Stuart B. Young Gallery on Friday, June 7 from 5 PM to 8pm. There will be refreshments and a lot of great artwork by Delaware College of Art & Design graduates. More info here.ImageInstallation shots

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