Past Exhibitions

Charles Dickens at 200

September 23, 2011 through February 12, 2012

Charles Dickens at 200 celebrates the bicentennial of the great writer's birth in 1812 with manuscripts of his novels and stories, letters, books, photographs, original illustrations, and caricatures.

Image of Caricature of Charles Dickens

Robert Burns and "Auld Lang Syne"

December 9, 2011, through February 5, 2012

With manuscripts and letters of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759–1796), rare printed editions, and audio selections, this highly focused exhibition explores the origins of a song that began as an old Scots poem and air and evolved into a globally shared expression of friendship and longing.

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Treasures of Islamic Manuscript Painting from the Morgan

October 21, 2011, through January 29, 2012

Treasures of Islamic Manuscript Painting from the Morgan marks the first time the Morgan has gathered these spectacular volumes together in a single exhibition.

Image of A Young Lady Reclining After a Bath

David, Delacroix, and Revolutionary France: Drawings from the Louvre

September 23 through December 31, 2011

This exhibition features some of the greatest examples of works on paper of the period from Paris's famed Musée du Louvre, including eighty drawings by artists David, Prud'hon, Ingres, Géricault, Delacroix, and Corot.

Image of Study for The Death of Sardanapalus

Ingres at the Morgan

September 9 through November 27, 2011

This exhibition presents seventeen exceptional drawings and three letters by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780–1867), one of the greatest draftsman and portraitists in French history.

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Xu Bing: The Living Word

July 19 through October 2, 2011

The Living Word is a poetic evocation of the relationship between the written word and its meaning.

Photograph of The Living Word

Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and Other Artists' Enumerations from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art

June 3 through October 2, 2011

The exhibition celebrates this most common form of documentation by presenting an array of lists made by a broad range of artists, from Pablo Picasso and Alexander Calder to H. L. Mencken, Eero Saarinen, Elaine de Kooning, and Lee Krasner.

Image of Packing List of Adolf Konrad

Illuminating Fashion: Dress in the Art of Medieval France and the Netherlands

May 20 through September 4, 2011

This exhibition will explore the evolution of fashionable clothing in Northern Europe—from the fashion revolution of the early fourteenth century to the dawn of the Renaissance.

Image of Delilah Shearing Samson's Hair

Jim Dine: The Glyptotek Drawings

May 20 through September 4, 2011

Jim Dine: The Glyptotek Drawings explores Dine's meditation on the antique world.

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The Age of Elegance: The Joan Taub Ades Collection

May 13 through August 28, 2011

Over thirty old master drawings by French, Italian, and Northern artists of the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries are featured in this exhibition, with a particular concentration of works by eighteenth-century French draftsmen.

Image of Reclining Nude with Outstretched Arm