Past Exhibitions

Treasures from the Vault

February 25, 2020 to February 14, 2021

Treasures from the Vault, an ongoing exhibition series, features works drawn from these diverse collections in the sumptuous setting of J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library.

Betye Saar: Call and Response

September 12, 2020 through January 31, 2021

This exhibition, conceived in close consultation with the artist, looks at the relationship between Saar’s finished works and the preliminary annotated sketches she has made in small notebooks throughout her career.

Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol

December 7, 2020 through January 10, 2021

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

The Book of Ruth: Medieval to Modern

February 14 through October 4, 2020

Famine and flight, emigration and immigration, foreignness: these are some of the societal issues touched upon by the anonymous author of the Bible’s Book of Ruth, whose titular character was a great-grandmother of King David and, in the Christian tradition, an ancestor of Jesus Christ.

Beethoven 250: Autograph Music Manuscripts by Ludwig van Beethoven

January 22 through September 27, 2020

The Morgan’s collection of autograph manuscripts by Beethoven will be on display as part of Beethoven 250.

Panoramas

August 27, 2019 through September 27, 2020

This installation features a selection of oil sketches which, despite their small size, achieve such grand effect, creating the impression that the viewer is granted direct access to the artist’s entire field of vision.

The Drawings of Al Taylor

February 21 through September 13, 2020

Active in New York in the 1980s and 1990s as a sculptor and draftsman, Al Taylor (1948–1999) found inspiration for his lyrical and witty compositions in banal objects and everyday situations.

Jean-Jacques Lequeu: Visionary Architect. Drawings from the Bibliothèque nationale de France

January 31 through September 13, 2020

Some sixty of Lequeu’s several hundred drawings will be on view in Jean‐Jacques Lequeu: Visionary Architect, the first museum retrospective to bring significant public and scholarly attention to one of the most imaginative architects of the Enlightenment.

Alfred Jarry: The Carnival of Being

January 24 through August 16, 2020

The subversive works and personality of the French writer Alfred Jarry (1873–1907) played a crucial role in the transition from the nineteenth-century avant-garde to the emergent modernist movements of the early twentieth century.

Illusions of the Photographer: Duane Michals at the Morgan

October 25, 2019 through February 2, 2020

Illusions of the Photographer combines a full career retrospective—the first on Michals to be organized by a New York City museum—with an artist’s-choice show, as Michals plumbs the Morgan’s vaults for treasures both revered and long-forgotten.