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Past Exhibitions

Celebrating 100 Years of Einstein's General Theory

June 28 through September 25, 2016

A century ago, Albert Einstein published the general theory of relativity, the crowning achievement of the great physicist’s illustrious career. . In celebration of this landmark achievement, the Morgan presents a pop-up exhibition featuring a trio of Einstein items.

Rembrandt's First Masterpiece

June 3 through September 18, 2016

Held by a private collection, this magnificent painting will be shown in the United States for the very first time at the Morgan.

City of the Soul: Rome and the Romantics

June 17 through September 11, 2016

Rome exists not only as an intensely physical place, but also as a romantic idea onto which artists, poets, and writers project their own imaginations and longings. City of the Soul examines the evolving image of Rome in art and literature with a display of books, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and drawings.

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.

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