As the vibrant colors of summer gradually give way to the rich and cozy hues of autumn, the art and culture scene in Wilmington & the Brandywine Valley is gearing up for a spectacular season. If you're a lover of art, history, and creativity, you're in for a treat as the region prepares to unveil three major exhibitions that promise to captivate your senses and ignite your imagination. From hidden gems by an iconic American artist to a celebration of a pioneering fashion designer and a journey into Victorian wonderlands, these exhibitions are poised to leave a mark on your cultural experience this fall.
Prepare to explore three exceptional exhibits in Wilmington & the Brandywine Valley. These displays provide a remarkable glimpse into the lives and creations of renowned artists.
Exhibition: "Abstract Flash: Unseen Andrew Wyeth"
Dates: July 29, 2023 - February 18, 2024
Location: The Brandywine Museum of Art
Stepping beyond the boundaries of tradition, the Brandywine River Museum of Art presents "Abstract Flash: Unseen Andrew Wyeth." This exhibition unveils a side of the iconic American artist, Andrew Wyeth, that has remained largely unseen – his exploration of abstraction. Known for his detailed and realistic rural landscapes, Andrew Wyeth also ventured into the realm of abstraction, creating a series of vibrant and dynamic works that challenge expectations. This fall, prepare to be astonished as the museum invites you to discover Wyeth's lesser-known yet equally remarkable abstract creations – featuring 38 never-before-seen abstract watercolors from the collection of nearly 7,000 objects. The exhibition also includes rare archival documents that shed light on Wyeth's encounters with abstract expressionism and geometric abstraction, offering a unique perspective on this renowned artist's evolution.
Exhibition: "Ann Lowe American Couturier"
Dates: September 9, 2023–January 7, 2024
Location: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
At the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, the "Ann Lowe: American Couturier" exhibition pays tribute to Ann Lowe, an African American fashion designer who left a lasting mark on American fashion. This expansive showcase features 40 iconic gowns, unveiling Lowe's evolution as a designer from the 1920s to the 1960s. Despite creating couture-quality gowns for prominent figures like Jacqueline Kennedy and Marjorie Merriweather Post, Lowe remained largely unknown to the wider public. This exhibition sheds light on her influential yet often overlooked contributions. Contemporary designers like B Michael, Tracy Reese, Amsale Aberra, and Bishme Cromartie are also highlighted, reflecting the trajectory of American fashion stemming from Lowe's foundation. As you explore Lowe's groundbreaking designs, you'll discover her enduring impact on fashion culture and the path she paved for others. Her story illuminates the often-overlooked contributions of Black designers to the world of fashion, enriching our understanding of its evolution.
Exhibition: "The Rossettis"
Dates: Oct 21, 2023 - Jan 28, 2024
Location: The Delaware Art Museum
The Delaware Art Museum transports you to the enchanting Victorian era with "The Rossettis." Immerse yourself in the world of the Rossetti family – Christina, Dante Gabriel, and William Michael Rossetti – influential figures in the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Organized in partnership with Tate Britain, this exhibition unveils celebrated paintings like 'Found' and 'Lady Lilith' by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, set alongside masterpieces from Tate’ Britain’s collection and global public and private loans. Delve into Rossetti’s diverse portfolio, including early and late paintings, watercolors, photographs, designs, and Siddal's significant drawings.This is the first and only time these treasures will be on display in the United States, offering an exclusive chance to experience their creativity up close.
Wilmington: An Arts-Filled Weekend Getaway
While these exhibitions mark the beginning, they merely scratch the surface of the region's artistic landscape. Beyond visual arts, Wilmington pulses with a lively performing arts and music scene. The city's theaters host a spectrum of productions, while live music venues offer national touring acts and local showcases almost nightly.
From transporting opera performances to intimate galleries showcasing local talents, Wilmington's dedication to artistic expression radiates from every corner. At The Grand Opera House, symphony, opera, and ballet performances weave tradition and innovation into captivating shows. Stepping into the theater realm, Wilmington embraces both classic and contemporary performances, with shows nearly every weekend. Whether it's inventive zombie musicals or intimate one-act festivals spotlighting local playwrights, these performances promise intrigue and engagement.
For more details about the area's vibrant arts offerings and to craft your arts-filled getaway, delve into Wilmington's Arts Guide. Whether you're an art connoisseur or simply seeking a weekend of creative exploration, Wilmington invites you to experience its vibrant cultural tapestry.