Past Exhibitions

Charles Dickens and the Spirit of Christmas

November 3, 2017 through January 14, 2018

This exhibition marks the 150th anniversary of Dickens’s famous reading tour of the United States in 1867, and will thus examine his later career as a performer.

Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection

September 29, 2017 through January 7, 2018

This exhibition highlights more than 150 master drawings from the Thaw Collection, one of the world’s finest private collections containing over 400 sheets.

Magnificent Gems: Medieval Treasure Bindings

September 8, 2017 through January 7, 2018

Treasure bindings—book covers encrusted with gold, silver, and gemstones—were a luxury in the Middle Ages.

Poussin, Claude, and French Drawing in the Classical Age

June 16 through October 15, 2017

The French refer to the seventeenth century as the Grand Siècle, or the Great Century. Under the rule of Louis XIII and Louis XIV, the period saw a dramatic increase in French political and military power, the maturation of French courtly life at Versailles, and an unparalleled flourishing of the arts.

Henry James and American Painting

June 9 through September 10, 2017

Henry James and American Painting is the first exhibition to explore the author’s deep and lasting interest in the visual arts and their profound impact on the literature he produced.

This Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal

June 2 through September 10, 2017

This Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal is the most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to the life of one of America’s most influential authors and thinkers.

Noah's Beasts: Sculpted Animals from Ancient Mesopotamia

May 26 through August 27, 2017

This exhibition presents Mesopotamian sculptural works from ca. 3300-2250 B.C., bringing together for the first time pieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Yale University Babylonian Collection, the Kimbell Art Museum, and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Rocks and Mountains: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection

July 19, 2016 through August 6, 2017

Rocks and Mountains is the fourth exhibition in a series drawn from the collection of oil sketches acquired by Morgan Trustee Eugene V. Thaw and his wife, Clare.

I’m Nobody! Who are you? The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson

January 20 through May 28, 2017

One of the most popular and enigmatic American writers of the nineteenth century, Emily Dickinson (1830–1886) wrote almost 1,800 poems.

Treasures from the Nationalmuseum of Sweden: The Collections of Count Tessin

February 3 through May 14, 2017

The Nationalmuseum, Sweden’s largest and most distinguished art institution, is partnering with the Morgan to bring more than seventy-five masterpieces from its collections to New York for a rare visit.