Please note that all school visits for the 2020–21 school year will be conducted virtually. Virtual programs are offered free to all public and Title 1 schools. Private schools pay a fee of $100 per program.
‘Dante as Scribe’ detail, Divina Commedia, Inferno, Canto 01,
Literary, Italy, Florence, ca. 1330-1337, MS M.289 fol. 1r.
The Morgan's arts in education programs are available for virtual field trips to School, Camp, and Community groups for grades K–12.
- Programs take place live online and use the digital platform Zoom.
- A Morgan staff member will lead a guided discussion with your students; tours last approximately forty-five minutes. Larger groups may be split into multiple sessions.
- A teacher, camp counselor, or chaperone must be present online during the program.
- Programs are available Monday-Friday, between 10:00am–4:00pm EST.
- Betye Saar: Call and Response
September 12, 2020 through January 31, 2021
Virtual field trip available until May 31, 2021
This exhibition, conceived in close consultation with the artist, looks at the relationship between Betye Saar’s finished works and the preliminary sketches she has made in notebooks throughout her career. Betye Saar is a Los-Angeles based artist who is known best for incisive collages and assemblage sculptures that confront and reclaim racist images. Her works draw from popular culture, family history, and a wide range of spiritual traditions.
- David Hockney: Drawing from Life
October 2, 2020 through May 30, 2021
This exhibition, in collaboration with the artist, will be the first to focus on David Hockney’s portraits on paper and one of very few exhibitions to investigate his drawing practice. Through a small group of intimate sitters Hockney has depicted repeatedly over the years, the exhibition explores his practice on paper and offers a unique insight into how Hockney’s work has evolved over time.
- Colors of the World: Illuminated Manuscripts in the Age of Exploration
Students will examine selections of the incredible medieval and Renaissance manuscript collection of the Morgan, relate the works to world history, and deepen their understanding of cultural interactions between diverse peoples across time and place. For more on how to participate in Colors of the World as part of an extended learning program that teaches students how to write and illustrate their own illuminated manuscripts, please visit The Morgan Book Project.
- Reading a Building: J. Pierpont Morgan and His Library
Students will practice visual literacy by learning to “read” architecture as a primary source. Participants will develop a character portrait of J. Pierpont Morgan by looking at his magnificent Gilded Age library.
- Before the Book: Myths from Mesopotamia and Greece
Students will discover how artists represent and interpret myths through imagery. Participants will explore the visual storytelling of Mesopotamian cylinder seals, the oldest works in the Morgan’s collection, and compare them to the Greek myths painted on the ceiling of J. Pierpont Morgan’s historic library.
- It’s Alive! Frankenstein at 200
Students will expand their understanding of Mary Shelley's classic novel by examining Frankenstein’s historical, scientific, literary, feminist, and performative aspects. The Morgan’s first teacher online curriculum provides resources in essays, discussion prompts, and activity suggestions. In addition, there are supplementary reference materials such as high-quality images, a family tree, a bibliography, a vocabulary list, and timelines.