University Museums galleries are closed for summer break. We will reopen for fall semester on September 9, 2015, with NEW late hours on *Wednesdays.

Download our most recent (Spring 2015) Exhibitions and Programs Bulletin here (PDF). A new Bulletin will be available in August 2015.

*Wed - 12:00-8:00 pm
Thur-Sun 12:00-5:00 pm
Closed during University breaks and holidays

Main Phone:



30 North College Ave.
Newark, DE 19716


Parking for the Mechanical Hall Gallery is in Trabant University Center Garage located between Delaware Avenue and Main St.

302-831-8037 (Information)
302-831-8088 (Museum)



255 Academy St.
Newark, DE 19716


Parking for the Mineralogical Museum is in Perkins Garage located on Academy Street.

302-831-6557 (Curator)
302-831-8037 (Information)
302-831-4940 (Museum)



18 East Main St.
Newark, DE 19716


Parking for the Old College Gallery is in Trabant University Center Garage located between Delaware Avenue and Main St.

302-831-8037 (Information)
302-831-6589 (Museum)


ACCESS TO THE DIGITAL ART COLLECTION is provided through UD's Morris Library and ArtStor via the Shared Shelf Institutional Collections, accessible on campus and for off site researchers upon request. Information on gaining access through Morris Library can be found here.



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William Anderson, Untitled, 1978. Gelatin silver print. Paul R. Jones Collection, University Museums © William Anderson

Clarissa Sligh, Reading Dick and Jane With Me, 1989. Folio detail. Special Collections, of the University of Delaware Library © Clarissa Sligh

Portrait of Major Octavius V. Catto. Hand-colored salted paper print, enlargement of photograph by Gallo W. Cheston, pre-1871. University Museums, Gift of Mary Christine Hevner

Forget Me Not: Photography between Poetry and Politics

February 11–May 17, 2015

The construction and preservation of historical memory have been central to photography since its inception. Yet, both memory and photography offer partial, fragmented, and incomplete traces of recordable phenomena. Moreover, artists and exhibition frameworks can influence and even interrupt conventional ways of seeing and reading photographic images of an earlier period. These interstices are generative, enabling us to receive and probe pictorial archives anew. Drawn from the University Museums’ African American art collection, Forget Me Not: Photography between Poetry and Politics foregrounds the photographic arts as testimony and remembrance, aesthetic document and encomium.

What do photographs know? How do they speak to us about the recorded past and its relationship to the present? From the late nineteenth-century portraits taken by Augustus Washington and Gallo W. Cheston to P. H. Polk’s photographs of Tuskegee Airmen, Forget Me Not commemorates individual, communal, and national narratives.

Remembered here are troubling histories of racial discrimination and disenfranchisement, legacies of a segregated America as well as persistence, resistance, and the creativity of its opposition. Artists and their work “talk back,” as it were, offering counterarchives that challenge incomplete narratives and reconstitute notions of self and community, nation and belonging. “Making my art has become a way of learning what I know, a way of being conscious of how and why I learned it, a way to heal the scars and learn new truths,” notes the visual artist and essayist Clarissa Sligh. A selection of Sligh’s artist’s books, creative diaries of kinship and conflict, are among the works featured in Forget Me Not.

Aspiration, family, and love; ritual, beauty, and performance; authority, autonomy, and resilience are among the themes evoked by the works on view. Through images that range from elegant to the elegiac, Forget Me Not showcases work by artists active from the 1840s to the present day, among them James VanDerZee, Roy DeCarava, Bert Andrews, Carrie Mae Weems, Ming Smith, William Anderson and Wendel White.

Forget Me Not Programming

University Museums programs are free and open to the public.
*Please RSVP for events marked with an asterisk “*”: 302-831-8037 or

Wednesday, February 18, 12:30 –1:15 p.m.
Julie L. McGee
Curator of African American Art, Associate Professor of Black American Studies
Mechanical Hall Gallery

Thursday, February 26, 7:00 p.m.
Dr. William Jelani Cobb
Associate Professor of History and Director of the Africana Studies Institute, University of Connecticut
Presented in partnership with the Department of Black American Studies
Trabant University Center, Multipurpose Rooms

Monday, March 2, 7:00 p.m.
Paul R. Jones Annual Lecture

“The Book of the Family Tree”
Thomas Allen Harris
Artist, filmmaker, Chimpanzee Productions (Through a Lens Darkly, Digital Diaspora Roadshow).
Trabant Theater

Saturday, March 7, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Film Screening: Through a Lens Darkly
Kirkbride Lecture Hall 006

Monday, March 23, 3:00–4:00 p.m.
Meet and Greet Artist Clarissa Sligh*
Mechanical Hall Gallery

Tuesday, March 24, 5:00 p.m.
Artist’s Talk
Clarissa Sligh
Smith Hall, Room 130

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Public Dialogue: Schools for the Colored*
Artist Wendel White, Prof. Leland Ware, Dr. Melva Ware
Mechanical Hall Gallery

Thursday, May 7, 4:30–7:30 p.m.
First Thursday Open House
Old College and Mechanical Hall Galleries

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