Join the Delaware Division of the Arts Award Winning musicians, composers, and writers for an outdoor concert and award ceremony outside the Biggs Museum of American Art. This event has been split into two days with different sets of performers, our second concert will be on Wednesday, 21 July 2021.
Both concerts will begin at 6:00 pm and will take place on the lawn outside the Biggs. These concerts are BYOP (bring your own picnic). Your registration will reserve you a socially-distanced spot on our lawn.
For the safety of all those in attendance we ask that you keep your mask on when not eating or drinking.
Get a close look at the exhibition John Edmonds: A Sidelong Glance with the artist and Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, associate professor, Harvard University, founder of the Vision and Justice Project, and author of the award-winning 2017 “Vision and Justice” issue of Aperture magazine. For Edmonds’s first solo museum exhibition, he engaged directly with our Arts of Africa collection, photographing select objects from the estate of the late African American novelist Ralph Ellison, and presenting them alongside portraits of friends with Central and West African sculptures. The two discuss how Edmonds uses photography and video to create sensitive portraits and still lifes, reimagine art historical precedents, and explore intersections of representation, modernity, and identity in the African diaspora.
This program will include live captions and American Sign Language interpretation. For access needs, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Juneteenth, a portmanteau of June and nineteenth, is also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day. It is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved or bonded in the United States, our Ancestors, our Egungun.
Join us for our second annual Beyond Juneteenth festival, titled “Beyond” to recognize Juneteenth as the oldest celebration commemorating the freedom of enslaved people in the United States, while also acknowledging the ancestral legacy we have yet to grow into.
Learn, connect, and be empowered as we start the day with a Juneteenth Flag Raising ceremony, live performances from The Sankofa African dancers, Ghetto Songbird, Hezekiah, Egungun lle Igoke, Ebony Zuudia, Stiggz Stigalo, Tonantzin Yaotecas Aztec Dancers, Egungun Oloba along with food trucks arts and craft vendors and Art Therapy with 7God.
In a guided walk inside Irvine Nature Center, see the woods through the eyes of Pat Bernstein, whose work is currently on view in our “Earth” exhibit, and chef Chris Amendola, of the restaurant Foraged. Free.
Author and photographer of Blink to See, Pat Bernstein, is an expert on pareidolia, the search for hidden images in nature. This pursuit sharpens the senses, stimulates creativity, and enriches interactions with the natural world by heightening awareness and mindfulness.
Chef Chris Amendola of Hampden’s Foraged Eatery actively forages for edibles which grow naturally in the woods of the Maryland Piedmont. He incorporates these local ingredients into the hyper-seasonal cuisine which is the trademark of his exciting new café.
In conversation with Seph Rodney, PhD, opinions editor and managing editor of the Sunday Edition for Hyperallergic, author of The Personalization of the Museum Visit, and winner of the 2020 Rabkin Arts Journalism Prize.
The interim director of New York’s Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, Laura Raicovich is a fierce advocate for museums to be hubs of activism and protest that foster a more engaged and informed public. The former director of the Queens Museum, her 2018 resignation from that institution became one of the latest instances of politicized resignations amongst museum administrators across the U.S. A recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowship, Raicovich lectures internationally, has created and implemented new museum preservation strategies, and is the author of the books At the Lightning Field and A Diary of Mysterious Difficulties. In Culture Strike, she offers context for historical and contemporary museum controversies, argues that ideological neutrality in museums is a myth, and outlines a plan for improving these institutions to better serve the public.
Radical Tenderness: Trans for Trans Portraiture, on view at the Alice Austen House Museum, highlights photographic work from four trans and non-binary artists whose portrait photography exudes tender intimacy and calls for a radical shift in visibility politics. Guest curator, Dr. Eliza Steinbock, will be joined by participating artist Zackary Drucker for a dialogue about the ways that trans and queer people use artwork to connect with one another, historically and today. The discussion will be preceded by a guided virtual tour of the exhibition by the Alice Austen House’s Executive Director Victoria Munro.
Hosted by the New-York Historical Society and the American LGBTQ+ Museum in partnership with the Alice Austen House Museum and the Stonewall 50 Consortium. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Radical Tenderness: Trans for Trans Portraiture, on view at the Alice Austen House Museum though June 1, 2021.
Zackary Drucker is a photographer, producer, and activist who has reshaped contemporary conversations around gender presentation and identity within art and popular culture. The exhibition Radical Tenderness: Trans for Trans Portraiture includes works by Drucker. Eliza Steinbock is an assistant professor in cultural analysis at the film and literary studies department and art history department at the Leiden University Center for the Arts in Society. Victoria Munro (moderator) is the executive director of the Alice Austen House, a nationally designated site of LGBTQ history representing the life and work of lesbian photographer Alice Austen (1866–1952).
The African American Museum in Philadelphia is partnering with Franklin Square to bring you Griot Tale Saturdays! all summer long. A griot is an African oral historian that passes on their culture through the practice of storytelling. Perfect for families, this event will be outdoors and socially distant to keep all participants safe.
On Saturday, June 26th you’re invited to Join Keepers of the Culture (KOTC) for this exciting, educational program exploring the connections between Freedom and Liberty, as we commemorate and celebrate Juneteenth and Independence Day! Keepers of the Culture, Inc. of Philadelphia is an educational, cultural art organization which seeks to perpetuate the African and African-American oral tradition.
Head over to neighboring Franklin Square at 200 N. 6th St. on fourth Saturdays at 1 p.m. to listen and learn!
Join us on Wednesday, June 30 at 1:00 PM on YouTube for a virtual program hosted by the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. You can tune in live by visiting youtube.com/user/nmcwm at the scheduled time.
Membership and Development Coordinator Kyle Dalton will discuss the use of anesthesia during the Civil War. Though many often don’t associate anesthesia with Civil War medicine, it was used in over 95% of Civil War surgery. Kyle will outline the use of chloroform and ether in the 19th century and how it came to be so pervasive in the Civil War in both the Federal and Confederate armies.
Kyle Dalton is a summa cum laude graduate of the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where his paper Active and Efficient: Veterans and the Success of the United States Ambulance Corps was awarded the Zeender Prize for best history thesis. In his spare time Kyle writes and maintains a website on the lives of common sailors in the eighteenth-century: BritishTars.com.
On Thursday, July 1, the African American Museum in Philadelphia, Wawa Welcome America and Visit Philadelphia team up with Kamau Ware of the Black Gotham Experience to present an evening of conversation and performance exploring the historical significance and contemporary relevance of the Juneteenth and July 4th holidays. Through the revolutionary lens of historic figures like Samuel Fraunces, whose experiences are highlighted in displays at The President’s House on Philadelphia’s noted Independence Mall, this program inquires; “What are the revolutions of today?”
Along with performance and conversations with invited creatives from around the city, this mixer includes music and visuals courtesy of DJ and event co-host Rashid Zakat. Additionally, guests can enjoy delicious eats from a selection of area food trucks, wine and beer at our cash bar, and complimentary access to the Museum’s exhibition galleries.
More on Black Gotham Experience: Established in 2010 by artist/historian Kamau Ware, Black Gotham Experience creates media at the intersection of scholarship and aesthetics that illustrate the impact of the African Diaspora missing form collective consciousness and the public square. We reimagine the spaces directly impacted by the African Diaspora as human stories explored through interactive walks, talks, events, and art. Learn more at blackgotham.com.
Join us for the premiere of The Bridge of Our Roots, Dara Meredith’s commissioned dance for the Delaware Art Museum. Recorded in front of Southern Souvenir No. II, the dance responds to this powerful painting by Eldzier Cortor.
Tickets are now available for the dance, premiering on Thursday, July 1. The pre-recorded performance may be viewed on-site at the Museum or from home.
Join us at the Museum for an on-site viewing of the pre-recorded performance, followed by a live discussion with the choreographer. Limited on-site tickets available.
5:30 pm – 7 pm – Make it an evening by joining us beforehand on the Museum terrace for Happy Hour.
7 pm – Gallery talk with choreographer, Southern Souvenir No. II
8 pm – Performance premiere in Museum auditorium, followed by a live discussion with the choreographer.
Ticketholders for the 50-minute performance can join the online event premiere via an exclusive link. Tickets include a streamed live discussion with the choreographer following the performance. Ticketholders will have unlimited viewing to the recorded performance through July 10.
Read more about Southern Souvenir No. II on the blog.