All Current Exhibitions

Fall 2016 University Museums Exhibitions

Old College Gallery

First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare

Public preview day: August 30 noon to 5 p.m.; On view: August 30 – September 25; Opening Lecture (4-5 p.m.) and Reception (5-7 p.m.) September 7

TitlePageFirstFolio_FirstFolioFolgerThis exhibition features an original First Folio–the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays published in 1623–from the Folger Shakespeare Library. This first-ever national tour of one of the world’s most influential books celebrates 400 years of Shakespeare and his legacy. The University Museums is the sole venue in Delaware for this exhibition.

Considered one of the most influential books in the world, the First Folio includes 36 Shakespeare plays, 18 of which had never been printed before. Without the First Folio, all of those plays –including Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, The Tempest and As You Like It –might have been lost forever. Compiled by two of his friends and fellow theater colleagues, the First Folio was published seven years after Shakespeare’s death.

Illustrating Shakespeare: From Boydell to Baskin

On view: August 31 – September 25

Robert Thew after Henry Fuseli, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 1796, Stipple engraving (detail)

To complement First Folio! The Book that Gave us Shakespeare, we explore Shakespeare as an inspiration to visual artists over two centuries, beginning with prints after paintings commissioned for John Boydell’s Shakespeare Gallery (1789-1804) and ultimately arriving to John O’Connor’s Ariel and Miranda: Seven Wood Engravings Inspired by Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” (1992).  Drawn from Special Collections of Morris Library, the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, the University Museums and also including works generously loaned from other Delaware collections, this exhibition focuses on interpretations of some of Shakespeare’s best-known works including The Tempest, Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth and Othello.

The Ese’Eja People of the Amazon: Connected by a Thread

On view: August 31 – December 9; Opening Reception October 11, 5-7 p.m.

Madre de Dios at Dawn 12 in. x 8 in. platinum palladium prints (16 in. x 20 in. framed) by Jon Cox and Andy Bale
Madre de Dios at Dawn
12 in. x 8 in. platinum palladium print (16 in. x 20 in. framed) by Jon Cox and Andy Bale

The exhibition presents the Ese’Eja, one of the world’s last remaining foraging societies, whose way of life is today threatened by mining and logging activities surrounding their lands and communities in southeastern Peru.

Through daguerreotypes and photographs by UD faculty member Jon Cox and Andrew Bale (UD MFA 2005), and a selection of artifacts for healing and everyday use that attest to the nation’s traditions, knowledge and respect for their unique – and endangered – environment, The Ese’Eja People of the Amazon brings into focus a unique and fascinating community endangered by the encroachment of the modern world.

Faculty X: Art and Design at UD

On view: October 5 – December 9; Opening Reception October 4, 5-7 p.m.

Virginia Bradley Soudan 5, 2015 Oil on stretched transparent silk, 30 x 22 inches
Virginia Bradley
Soudan 5, 2015
Oil on stretched transparent silk, 30 x 22 inches

Curated by Margaret Winslow, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Delaware Art Museum, this exhibition brings into view the full range of creativity of the faculty of the UD Department of Art and Design. Fifteen artists are represented in works ranging from oil on canvas to robots, from books to video.

Mechanical Hall Gallery

Beyond Borders: Bill Hutson & Friends

On view: August 31 – December 9; Opening Reception and Program September 29, 5-7 p.m.

Bill Hutson, Found and Painted Objects (Green, Red, White), Lancaster, 1990. Mixed media 46.5 x 37.75 x 4.75 in. From the Bill Hutson Collection, The Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin & Marshall College Courtesy of The Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin & Marshall College © Bill Hutson
Bill Hutson, Found and Painted Objects (Green, Red, White), Lancaster, 1990. Mixed media 46.5 x 37.75 x 4.75 in.
From the Bill Hutson Collection, The Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin & Marshall College, © Bill Hutson
Courtesy of The Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin & Marshall College

Coinciding with the eightieth birthday of American artist Bill Hutson, Beyond Borders highlights the visual legacy of Hutson’s transatlantic friendships. Best known for his abstract paintings, Hutson is an active artist, educator and curator. Prior to settling in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Hutson forged lasting relationships with artists, visual and literary, in the communities where he was based. These include England, France, The Netherlands, Italy, Nigeria, Senegal, India and the USA.

Through selected works by Bill Hutson and his contemporaries, Beyond Borders navigates the transnational nature and scope of his creative life. Moving between London, Paris and Amsterdam with side trips to New York City, Hutson befriended artists working with the creative language of abstraction such as Edward Clark, Larry Potter, Herb Gentry and Sam Middleton, among many others. In the USA, Hutson’s network includes artists from California to New York. Drawn from the Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin & Marshall College, the exhibition includes a range of Hutson’s distinctive work, from 1960-2003, and that of his artist-friends, among them: Larry Potter, Sam Middleton, Ed Clark, Mel Edwards, Nanette Carter, James Little, Mr. Imagination and Mary Frances Merrill.

Sam Middleton, Ode to Motherwell, 1997. Mixed media collage, 31 x 43 in. Gift of the Artist, The Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin & Marshall College Courtesy of The Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin & Marshall College © Estate of Sam Middleton
Sam Middleton, Ode to Motherwell, 1997. Mixed media collage, 31 x 43 in. Gift of the Artist, The Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin & Marshall College, © Estate of Sam Middleton
Courtesy of The Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin & Marshall College

Born in San Marcos, Texas on September 6, 1936, William R. Hutson serves as the Jennie Brown Cook and Betsy Hess Cook Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. An artist-archivist, Hutson gifted his collection, inclusive of personal papers, exhibition catalogues and texts documenting African American art to Franklin & Marshall College in 2010. The Phillips Museum of Art houses an extensive poster and art collection donated by Hutson, the focus of the University of Delaware exhibition.

Mineralogical Museum

On view: August 31 –  December 9; Curator’s Talk and Reception October 19, 5-7 p.m.

Spodumene, Mawi, Afghanistan, crystal (8.5 cm) and cut stone (317.96 cts) Image courtesy of Tom Spann
Spodumene, Mawi, Afghanistan, crystal (8.5 cm), cut stone (317.96 cts)
Image courtesy of Tom Spann

Congratulations to the Mineralogical Museum, recently rated 17th among natural history museums nationwide affiliated with academic institutions! On display in fall 2016 are the founding gift made by Irénée du Pont, as well as more recent acquisitions arranged by continent or by specific theme. A temporary exhibition of gemstones loaned by a private collector will be on view throughout the 2016-2017 academic year.

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