The Delaware Contemporary, known for its modernistic approach to art, is located along Wilmington’s Riverfront just seconds from the area’s only beer garden, Constitution Yards, a plethora of restaurants, mini golf and, of course, Frawley Stadium housing the Wilmington Blue Rocks. The museum itself is a dynamic gathering place where art, design, and technology intersect to inspire creativity in daily lives. It houses 7 galleries, 26 artist studios, a gallery shop, auditorium, and classroom. The Delaware Contemporary is a non-collecting museum, which allows for a great variety of exhibitions from artists of local, national and international recognition.


On View: June 4 - August 21, 2021  

Opening Event: Friday, June 4, 2021 | 5 - 8 PM  

This summer, The Delaware Contemporary will serve as a space for cultural conversation through the presentation of exhibitions that construct a community-based dialog. Each of the five showcases (listed below) will explore both the inherited aspects of identity and the external barriers that encourage conformity. Each exhibition will examine the versatility of the human condition while speaking to the cultural framework that either enables or hinders the expression of this condition. Through this lens, the overall works speak to either autobiographical material or personal exploration into the contemporary systems and structures that shape individual identities.


DE Contemporary Platform GalleryTHE PLATFORM GALLERY 

Meleko Mokgosi 

June 4 - December 31, 2021 

Across the three banners created for The Delaware Contemporary, Meleko Mokgosi will take viewers from an outdoor scene through a domestic threshold as he brings together references to Southern Africa and expressions of Pan-Africanism in the United States.  

One banner in this exhibition presents a seated boy and the projection of the man in militant clothes that he may grow to be, foreshadowing the struggle that lies ahead. A series of inspiring posters invoking the American civil rights moments (including a 1967 speech by activist James Forman) and visions of love and unity line the wall behind the boy. The poster proclaiming “The Future Is Beige” was designed by Mokgosi and is available for free distribution in The Delaware Contemporary’s lobby. 



Group Exhibition 

June 4 - August 21, 2021 

Special Programming: 

ON ART, Wednesday, August 18 & 25 | Airs at 6 PM  

A family’s history goes beyond the names and dates we find in our family tree. It’s about what makes us who we are, and the people with whom we can form deep connections. Our history gives us a sense of identity, enables cultural connections, and promotes tradition. It’s about the resilience of people who have lived and breathed and suffered and triumphed before us. Our family history informs our medical and mental health. It inspires compassion, greater understanding, and empathy for others. Family History asks us to question our position within society. It affects our progress and growth and explores how we alter our identity to conform and assimilate within cultural constructs. Family History asks us to decide what is family? 

DE Contemporary AmericaTHE AMERICANS 

 Yikui (Coy) Gu 

 June 4 - August 21, 2021 

 Special Programming: 

ON ART, Wednesday, August 11 | Airs at 6 PM  

The Americans represents an autobiographical exploration of the artist Yikui (Coy) Gu, his wife, and their immigrant Chinese-German marriage. As the central theme throughout the work, Gu injects the viewer directly into their personal narrative, revealing intimate moments and essential truths. The layering of visual information through paint, stock imagery, and everyday objects creates a rich depth of provocative storytelling. Gu’s playful incorporation of popular culture, political reference, and personal experience allows for both immediate relevance and cultural commentary. 



Group Exhibition 

June 4 - August 21, 2021  

Special Programming: 

ON ART, Wednesday, June 9, 2021 | Airs at 6 PM   

Unapologetic Conversations of Hair & Nonconformity brings attention to the past discriminatory practices that have threatened to remove people of color from professional opportunities. Systemic prejudices have historically limited access to opportunities due to nonconformity to cultural standards that promote discriminatory practices towards natural and true, authentic selves. Through personal narrative and artistic practice, the ten artists showcased here promote conversations around identity, access, discrimination, and conformity through the celebration of authenticity and pride in one’s natural being. 



Shakira Hunt 

June 4 - August 21, 2021  

Special Programming: 
ON ART with Shakira Hunt, Wednesday, July 14, 2021 Airs at 6 PM 
ON ART Panel Discussion, Wednesday, July 28, 2021 6 - 8 PM 
Potted Perfection Wellness Program, Saturday, August 21, 2021 12 - 12:30 PM  

“Don’t wait until I am dead to give me my flowers.” 

Through a series of images, artist Shakira Hunt presents “masculinity” through many different lenses. Give Me My Flowers challenges the stereotyped idea of masculinity, how it is perceived as being void of emotional sensitivity and vulnerability, and how it is often displayed through a tough exterior. This series embodies creative storytelling, bold and intentional imagery, and subtle connections to create a relatable experience that recognizes and honors black and afro indigenous men, both straight and individuals of the LGBTQ+ community.