Past Exhibitions

Writing a Chrysanthemum: The Drawings of Rick Barton

June 10 through September 11, 2022

With the exception of small displays in cafés and bookshops in the 1950s and ‘60s, this exhibition of sixty drawings, two accordion-fold sketchbooks, and five printed works, is the first time Barton’s art is being seen by the public.

Line drawing of of a street scen with a male figure in the foreground holding his head in his hands with another male figure on the right, with a plant in between them and third male figure to the left.

J. Pierpont Morgan's Library: Building the Bookman's Paradise

June 10 through September 18, 2022

With rarely seen architectural drawings, period photographs, and significant rare books and manuscripts from Morgan’s collection, this exhibition traces the design, construction, and early life of J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library.

Architectural rendering of J. Pierpont Morgan's Library showing view from 36th with figures in foreground and trees on either side.

The Morgan Book Project 2022

Through August 21, 2022

The 2022 Morgan Book Project exhibition of illuminated manuscripts made by New York City students in grades 3–12 features the annual selection of 12 judges’ picks and the singular Director’s Choice.

Gwendolyn Brooks: A Poet’s Work In Community

January 28 through June 5, 2022

This exhibition celebrates the life and work of American poet Gwendolyn Brooks (1917–2000).

Book cover of seated figure wearing a yellow dress withb hand-written text saying to Gwen with Love.

Woody Guthrie: People Are the Song

February 18 through May 22, 2022

Author of more than three thousand folk songs, Woody Guthrie (1912–1967) is one of the most influential songwriters and recording artists in American history.

Black and white photograph of Woody Guthrie playing the guitar.

Holbein: Capturing Character

February 11 through May 15, 2022

Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/98–1543) was among the most skilled, versatile and inventive artists of the early 1500s.

Roundel portrait of bearded man in profile holding a flower wearing feathered cap.

The Kasper Collection

January 11 through May 8, 2022

This display celebrates Kasper’s bequest to the Morgan of eleven works on paper from his collection.

Line drawing of seated draped figure reading a book with two nude figures standing behind.

Bound for Versailles: The Jayne Wrightsman Bookbindings Collection

June 25 through January 30, 2022

In the spring of 2019 Jayne Wrightsman bequeathed to the Morgan an exceptional collection of books bound for the highest echelons of 18th-century French society.

Black and white photograph of Jayne Wrightsman sitting on a couch in her Manhattan apartment surrounded by art objects.

Van Eyck to Mondrian: 300 Years of Collecting in Dresden

October 22, 2021 through January 23, 2022

Building on the Morgan’s tradition of presenting to the American public distinguished works from outstanding institutions abroad , Masterworks from Dresden: Van Eyck to Mondrian will focus on the exceptional drawing collection of Kupferstich-Kabinett, Dresden.

Imperial Splendor: The Art of the Book in the Holy Roman Empire, ca. 800–1500

October 15, 2021 through January 23, 2022

Imperial Splendor offers a sweeping overview of manuscript production in the Holy Roman Empire, one of the most impressive chapters in the history of medieval art.