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.

Georg Baselitz: Six Decades of Drawings

October 21, 2022 through February 5, 2023

One of the most celebrated contemporary German artists, Georg Baselitz (b. 1938) gained international recognition in the 1960s for revitalizing figurative painting. This exhibition celebrates the gift from Baselitz to the Morgan of fifty drawings covering the span of his entire career.

Two upside down figure shapes drawn in yellow, blue, green, brown, and black washes with some gestural pencil lines.

The Little Prince: Taking Flight

October 14, 2022 through February 5, 2023

The Morgan holds the original manuscript and art for one of the world’s most widely read and cherished books, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince (1943).

Small figure of Little Prince floating above a landscape dressed in green with yellow scarf blowing in the wind.

Ashley Bryan & Langston Hughes: Sail Away

September 30, 2022 through January 22, 2023

Throughout his long life and career, the artist Ashley Bryan created and illustrated children’s books that celebrated Black life and Black creativity.

Watercolor showing three quarter view of stylized figure holding yellow flower with hands pressed against eachother. Yellow, green, blue and brown waves are in the background.

Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol

November 22, 2022 through January 8, 2023

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

Seaetd figure of Scrooge in white night gown and cap sitting in pink armchair next to a fireplace on the left with a table and lamp on the right.

Belle da Costa Greene and the Women of the Morgan

May 10, 2022 through January 8, 2023

Belle da Costa Greene (1879–1950) began working as J. Pierpont Morgan’s librarian in 1905.

Portrait of Belle da Costa Greene in side profile looking left wearing a hat with a feather.

Dawn till Dusk: Studies of Light in Marine Sketches

February 11, 2022 through October 23, 2022

The nineteenth century in Europe saw the rise of plein air painting, in which artists used oil paint while working outdoors.

Moonlight seascape showing shore and sailing ship in dark ominous colors.

PLEASE SEND TO REAL LIFE: Ray Johnson Photographs

June 17 through October 2, 2022

A widely connected pioneer of Pop and mail art, Ray Johnson (1927–1995) was described as “New York’s most famous unknown artist.”

Color photograph of a hand holding up a blue baseball cap bill with the sea and sky in the background.

One Hundred Years of James Joyce's Ulysses

June 3 through October 2, 2022

One Hundred Years of James Joyce’s “Ulysses” explores Joyce’s trajectory from lyric poet to modernist genius.

Sepia toned photograph of James Joyce seated looking at camera wearing glasses.

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.