Collecting and Connecting: Recent Acquisitions, 2010-2020
Over the last ten years, the museum has collected more than 1,000 new art objects. These works, which span centuries, styles, cultures, and mediums, now call the Delaware Art Museum home. Through this exhibition, we invite you to sample a decade of additions to our collection and gain a behind-the-scenes look at how and why the museum collects. View works that are vastly different in their artistic statements and production, such as John Everett Millais’s The Bridge of Sighs (1857), Helen Farr Sloan’s Gallery Scene (c. 1938), Elizabeth Catlett’s Gossip (2005), and Curlee Raven Holton’s Juke Joint (2009). Magically, when these rarely seen works are displayed together, you will see that they are far more alike than they are different.
The new acquisitions, which are particularly rich in works by women artists and artists of color, will be installed throughout the Museum and Copeland Sculpture Garden in addition to those highlighted in the Anthony N. and Catherine A. Fusco Gallery. The Museum seeks to preserve these new works for future generations of visitors to engage with, expanding and enriching the stories we tell with art.