Past Exhibitions

Creating the Modern Stage: Designs for Theater and Opera

May 22 through August 16, 2009

Drawn from the Morgan's collection, the exhibition examines the origins of modern scenic design and chronicles the evolution of stage sets during the highly innovative period of ca. 1900 to 1970.

Image of Construction for a Tragedy

On the Money: Cartoons for The New Yorker From the Melvin R. Seiden Collection

January 23 through May 24, 2009

Celebrating the art of the cartoonist, On the Money: Cartoons for The New Yorker features approximately eighty original drawings by some of The New Yorker's most talented and beloved artists who have tackled the theme of money and the many ways in which it defines us.

Image of A very special interest to see you, Senator.

The Thaw Collection of Master Drawings: Acquisitions Since 2002

January 23 through May 3, 2009

The show features more than eighty works that have been added to the Thaw collection since 2002, many of them important modern drawings by artists such as Jackson Pollock, Georgia O'Keeffe, Robert Motherwell, Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Martin, Jim Dine, and David Smith, among others.

Image of Study for Breton Girls Dancing

Protecting the Word: Bookbindings of the Morgan

December 5, 2008, through March 29, 2009

One of the Morgan's core strengths is its collection of historically and artistically significant bookbindings.

Image of Roger Bartlett Mosaic Binding

John Milton’s Paradise Lost

October 7, 2008, through January 4, 2009

John Milton's Paradise Lost celebrates the 400th anniversary of the birth of John Milton (1608–1674) with an exhibition drawn from the Morgan's collection of the English poet's work, which includes the only surviving manuscript of Paradise Lost.

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Drawing Babar: Early Drafts and Watercolors

September 19, 2008, through January 4, 2009

The exhibition Drawing Babar returns visitors to the two essential moments of Babar's creation: when Jean de Brunhoff and, years later, his son Laurent, set down their initial thoughts on paper.

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Liszt in Paris: Enduring Encounters

August 29 through November 16, 2008

Through nearly fifty manuscripts, first editions, letters, and related materials drawn almost entirely from the Morgan's collections, the exhibition Liszt in Paris: Enduring Encounters celebrates the art and the diverse and fertile artistic world of the virtuoso pianist-composer.

Image of Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major

The Prayer Book of Claude de France

May 20 through September 28, 2008

The Morgan Library & Museum presents a special exhibition of an extremely rare Renaissance illuminated manuscript, the Prayer Book of Queen Claude de France, created around the time of her coronation in 1517.

Image of Virgin and Child with St. John the Baptist

Three Gutenberg Bibles

May 20 through September 28, 2008

Three Gutenberg Bibles allows visitors to see important differences in copies of the first substantial printed book in the Western world, an epoch-making technological innovation, yet also a highpoint in the art of graphic design.

Image of Biblia Latina

Philip Guston: Works on Paper

May 2 through August 31, 2008

The Morgan Library & Museum presents the first retrospective of drawings by Philip Guston (1913–1980) in twenty years.