Past Exhibitions

Poetry and Patronage: The Laubespine-Villeroy Library Rediscovered

October 16, 2020 through May 16, 2021

Young, handsome, and highborn, Claude III de Laubespine lived in luxury after marrying an heiress and obtaining the favor of King Charles IX.

No Soft Nonsense: Anne Brontë at 200

February 25, 2020 through February 14, 2021

This small installation, on view in the Rotunda of J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library and drawn entirely from the Morgan’s own holdings, marks the two-hundredth anniversary of Brontë’s birth and celebrates her bold, enduring literary voice.

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.