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Past Exhibitions

Founding Figures: Copper Sculpture from Ancient Mesopotamia, ca. 3300–2000 B.C.

May 13 through August 21, 2016

Founding Figures brings together ten outstanding works, including ancient cylinder seals, from several public and private collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Babylonian Collection of Yale University.

Dreams in Dust: The Pastels of Lucas Samaras

May 6 through August 21, 2016

This exhibition celebrates the gift of forty-eight pastel drawings to the Morgan’s collection from the artist and his dealer Arne Glimcher.

Trees: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection

November 24, 2015 through July 10, 2016

Trees is the third exhibition in a series drawn from the collection of oil sketches acquired by Morgan Trustee Eugene V. Thaw.

Image of Uprooted Tree by Gazeau

Sight Reading: Photography and the Legible World

February 19 through May 30, 2016

This exhibition explores the history of the medium as a lucid, literate—but not always literal—tool of persuasion.

Warhol by the Book

February 5 through May 15, 2016

Warhol by the Book is the first exhibition in New York devoted solely to Warhol’s career as a book artist.

Pierre-Jean Mariette and the Art of Collecting Drawings

January 22 through May 1, 2016

Pierre-Jean Mariette (1694–1774) was one of the earliest and most important collectors of old master drawings and he played a pivotal role in shaping our modern conception of the old masters.

Wagner’s Ring: Forging an Epic

January 29 through April 17, 2016

The exhibition explores the challenging creation of Wagner’s epic, and the staging of its 1876 premiere in Bayreuth and its 1889 American debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.

Ernest Hemingway: Between Two Wars

September 25, 2015 through January 31, 2016

This is the first ever major museum exhibition devoted to the work of Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961), one of the most celebrated American authors of the 20th century.

Graphic Passion: Matisse and the Book Arts

October 30, 2015 through January 18, 2016

World renowned for his paintings, sculptures, drawings, and cut-outs, Henri Matisse (1869–1954) also embraced the printed book as a means of artistic expression.

Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol

November 17, 2015 through January 10, 2016

Every holiday season, the Morgan displays Charles Dickens's original manuscript of A Christmas Carol in Pierpont Morgan's historic Library.

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