2018–2019

Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak’s Designs for Opera and Ballet

June 14 through October 6, 2019

The exhibition will include nearly 150 objects drawn primarily from the artist’s bequest to the Morgan of over 900 drawings.

Hogarth: Cruelty and Humor

May 24 through September 22, 2019

The satirical scenes of the celebrated English artist William Hogarth (1697–1764) are iconic representations of eighteenth-century urban life at a time of great socio-economic disparity.

Walt Whitman: Bard of Democracy

June 7 through September 15, 2019

The exhibition explores Whitman’s process of self-invention, from his early years as a journalist, through the early 1850s when Whitman began to write more privately and poetically, to his final years.

Among Others: Photography and the Group

May 31 through August 18, 2019

Composed chiefly of works in the Morgan’s collection, this exhibition explores how photographers have represented the bonds uniting people, whether in group portraits or in serial imagery.

Modern and Contemporary Drawings: Recent Acquisitions

February 26 through June 30, 2019

Nearly fifteen years ago, while the construction of its Renzo Piano-designed expansion was under way, the Morgan embarked on a new program of acquisitions of modern and contemporary drawings.

The Extended Moment: Photographs from the National Gallery of Canada

February 15 through May 26, 2019

One of the most comprehensive repositories of photography on the continent, the collection at the National Gallery of Canada turns fifty in 2019.

Invention and Design: Early Italian Drawings at the Morgan

February 15 through May 19, 2019

The Morgan’s impressive collection of Italian Drawings documents the development of Renaissance drawing practice from its beginnings in the fourteenth century and over the following two centuries.

Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth

January 25 through May 12, 2019

The exhibition will be the most extensive public display of original Tolkien material for several generations.

By Any Means: Contemporary Drawings from the Morgan

January 18 through May 12, 2019

By Any Means brings together about twenty innovative works from the Morgan’s collection, including many recent acquisitions, by artists such as John Cage, Sol LeWitt, Vera Molnar, Robert Rauschenberg, Betye Saar, Gavin Turk, and Jack Whitten.

Beautiful Youths: Dandies from the Read Persian Album

October 30, 2018 through February 17, 2019

The leaves of a magnificent album compiled for Husain Khan Shamlu, governor of Herat (r. 1598–1618) and one of the most powerful rulers in Persia in the early seventeenth century, are now on view on the Lower Level.