Past Exhibitions

Sight Reading: Photography and the Legible World

February 19 through May 30, 2016

This exhibition explores the history of the medium as a lucid, literate—but not always literal—tool of persuasion.

Warhol by the Book

February 5 through May 15, 2016

Warhol by the Book is the first exhibition in New York devoted solely to Warhol’s career as a book artist.

Pierre-Jean Mariette and the Art of Collecting Drawings

January 22 through May 1, 2016

Pierre-Jean Mariette (1694–1774) was one of the earliest and most important collectors of old master drawings and he played a pivotal role in shaping our modern conception of the old masters.

Wagner’s Ring: Forging an Epic

January 29 through April 17, 2016

The exhibition explores the challenging creation of Wagner’s epic, and the staging of its 1876 premiere in Bayreuth and its 1889 American debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.

Ernest Hemingway: Between Two Wars

September 25, 2015 through January 31, 2016

This is the first ever major museum exhibition devoted to the work of Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961), one of the most celebrated American authors of the 20th century.

Graphic Passion: Matisse and the Book Arts

October 30, 2015 through January 18, 2016

World renowned for his paintings, sculptures, drawings, and cut-outs, Henri Matisse (1869–1954) also embraced the printed book as a means of artistic expression.

Martin Puryear: Multiple Dimensions

October 9, 2015 through January 10, 2016

One of the most important contemporary American sculptors, Martin Puryear (b. 1941) has also made drawings throughout his career.

Exploring France: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection

January 13 through November 15, 2015

Exploring France is the second exhibition in a planned series drawn from the collection of oil sketches acquired by Morgan Trustee Eugene V. Thaw, who is also an honorary trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and his wife, Clare.

Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland

June 26 through October 12, 2015

This exhibition will bring to light the curious history of Wonderland, presenting an engaging account of the genesis, publication, and enduring appeal of Lewis Carroll's classic tale, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

William Caxton and the Birth of English Printing

May 29 through September 20, 2015

William Caxton and the Birth of English Printing celebrates this foundational moment in the history of English literature and language.