Past Exhibitions

Tradition, Innovation, and Response: Stage Designs from the Morgan’s Collection

June 1, 2021 through September 12, 2021

Designing a set for the theater stage presents a unique challenge: How does the artist visually transport live performers into the fictional world of the performance?

Drawing showing interior architectural scene with columns and arches in gray and brown wash."

Architecture, Theater, and Fantasy: Bibiena Drawings from the Jules Fisher Collection

May 28 through September 12, 2021

This exhibition is the first in the United States in over thirty years to celebrate these talented draftsmen and marks the promised gift to the Morgan of a group of Bibiena drawings from the collection of Jules Fisher, the Tony-winning lighting designer.

Drawing showing interior architectural scene with columns and arches in gray and brown wash

Sublime on the Small Scale

September 29, 2020 through September 12, 2021

The oil sketches displayed here engage with a range of Sublime effects, from the impressive vastness of a mountain range and the thrill of rushing water to the terror of a raging storm.

Oil painting of tall arch over pathway with green vegetation growing to the side and on top in yellow earth tones.

The Morgan Book Project

April 29 through August 15, 2021

The Morgan Book Project, offered free of charge, is an annual extended learning program for NYC students in grades 3–12 in which they produce their own handmade accordion books.

Almost a Remembrance: Belle Greene’s Keats

February 17 through August 15, 2021

Marking the two-hundredth anniversary of his death, this exhibition considers the Morgan’s Keats collection through the lens of the library’s first director, Belle da Costa Greene.

Conversations in Drawing: Seven Centuries of Art from the Gray Collection

February 19, 2021 through June 6, 2021

This exhibition celebrates the remarkable collection of drawings assembled by the collecting couple Richard Gray, one of America’s foremost art dealers, and art historian Mary L. Gray.

Édouard Vuillard: Sketches and Studies

February 10 through May 30, 2021

Édouard Vuillard: Sketches and Studies

David Hockney: Drawing from Life

October 2, 2020 through May 30, 2021

David Hockney (b. 1937) is one of the most internationally respected and renowned artists alive today.

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.