Past Exhibitions

The Diary: Three Centuries of Private Lives

January 21 through May 22, 2011

With over seventy items on view, the exhibition raises questions about this pervasive practice: what is a diary?

Photograph of Diary of Sophia Peabody Hawthorne

The Changing Face of William Shakespeare

February 4 through May 1, 2011

In 2009 when the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon unveiled a previously unknown portrait painting with strong claims to be the only surviving life-time portrait of William Shakespeare, it created an international sensation.

Image of The Cobbe Portrait of William Shakespeare

Mannerism and Modernism: The Kasper Collection of Drawings and Photographs

January 21 through May 1, 2011

Morgan Library & Museum presents over one hundred drawings and photographs from the collection assembled by American fashion designer Herbert Kasper—known simply as Kasper.

Image of An Affenpinscher

Degas: Drawings and Sketchbooks

September 24, 2010, through January 23, 2011

The exhibition features some twenty exceptional drawings by Degas, along with two of his sketchbooks, demonstrating the iconic artist's characteristic daring and inventiveness.

Image of Emilie Bécat at the Café des Ambassadeurs

Great European Libraries: Photographs by Massimo Listri

December 10, 2010, through January 9, 2011

The Morgan Library & Museum presents an exhibition of photographs by Massimo Listri documenting iconic European libraries that similarly use fine wood, marble, and other precious materials to create an opulent setting for books.

Photograph of Biblioteca del Trinity College

Roy Lichtenstein: The Black-and-White Drawings, 1961–1968

September 24, 2010, through January 2, 2011

An extraordinary new exhibition organized by The Morgan Library & Museum, opening September 24, presents an important series of large-scale, black-and-white works as a group for the first time and examines Lichtenstein's less known exploration of the medium of drawing.

Image of I Know How You Must Feel, Brad!

Mark Twain: A Skeptic's Progress

September 17, 2010, through January 2, 2011

The exhibition coincides with the 175th anniversary of Twain's birth in 1835 and includes more than 120 manuscripts and rare books.

Photograph of Mark Twain

Anne Morgan's War: Rebuilding Devastated France, 1917–1924

September 3 through November 21, 2010

This exhibition brings to life the extraordinary work undertaken by a small team of American women volunteers who left comfortable lives in the United States to devote themselves to relief work in France during and after World War I.

Photograph of Anne Morgan and Anne Murray Dike

Mark di Suvero at the Morgan

June 16 through September 12, 2010

The temporary installation of three sculptures by Mark di Suvero in the Gilbert Court was prompted by the friendship and mutual admiration between di Suvero and Renzo Piano, the architect who designed the court.

Photographs of Homebody and Heraldic Bourgogne

Defining Beauty: Albrecht Dürer at the Morgan

May 14 through September 12, 2010

The exhibition includes eight extraordinary drawings by Dürer that demonstrate the variety and dynamism of his draftsmanship.