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.